You may have seen us advertising on our various social media streams, for host families to accommodate our international students during their stay in the UK. However, what really goes into being a host, what are the requirements, what kind of remuneration is paid, how long is the period of hosting, how often can you host?
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Being a host family is a fun, rewarding and educational experience for the whole family, with the opportunity to share and learn differences in language and culture. As a host family, you'll provide a safe and comfortable environment for our students during their stay in the UK, giving a first hand insight into British culture and enabling them to improve their English.
Your family is one of the most memorable experiences for our students, becoming the students' home away from home. Many are still in touch their English 'Mum, Dad, Brothers and Sisters'.
Hosting our international students is not only a fantastic way to boost your income with our exceptional rates of pay, but to enrich your family with a wonderful cultural experience and memories to last a lifetime.
What are my responsibilities as a Host Family?
Families must provide a safe, stable, friendly environment with a bed, breakfast, an evening meal (packed lunch where needed) and to drive students to school if possible (transport can be provided in some cases).
Students will attend a local school during the weekdays, or, over the summer holidays they may be enrolled on our Bournemouth-based Summer Camp.
On some occasions, students will be with you over a weekend, this is a great opportunity to show your guests any local attractions, or they may be on one of our organised tours.
Students bring their own spending money for souvenirs and entertainment.
How long will I be hosting for and how often can I host?
Our students will usually be with you for between 5 days to 2 weeks. How often you host is entirely up to you. We have some host families who only host once or twice a year, and others who regularly take on students.
What do I provide for Breakfast and Evening Meal?
There should be no need to alter your daily routine too much. Students are here to experience a full English experience and our Chinese students are normally good at eating array of different foods. A healthy nutritious meal should be provided.
We do however ask that you have a quick nutritious back up meal, just incase. Breakfast – a simple meal of cereals, eggs, bread and fruit. Some host families will provide a cooked breakfast. Dinner – meat, vegetables, rice, curry, chips and all children enjoy pizza or noodles!
What kind of remuneration is offered?
Host families are paid £20-25 per student per night. This is meant to support your family in the weekly costs of hosting your guests. Students bring their own spending money for souvenirs and entertainment.
If transport is required for students a fee maybe deducted.
What age are the students?
Our students are usually between the ages of 12 and 16, although can be as young as 10 and as old as 18.
Our students attend local Primary and Secondary schools and where possible they will be matched with families of similar age children
What if there is a problem during the students stay?
We are always on hand to deal with any questions or emergencies you have. A member of staff is on hand 24/7 whilst you are hosting. Each family is given details about each student and what to do incase of an emergency. Our students comply with all our programme rules and our staff will ensure they follow these while with your family.
What about Safeguarding?
All host families will be visited by a member of OneWorld Education UK staff, to answer any of your questions and undertake a home inspection. All over 18's WILL have an enhanced DBS check.
We offer all host families a high level of support before, during and after hosting students. Everyone is regarded as being part of our OneWorld family and in doing so, providing a high level of duty of care towards you and your family is important to us. OneWorld Education UK has a strict safeguarding and child protection policy to ensure the safety of all students and just as importantly a duty of care towards your family. You will always feel supported by us throughout the whole process. Our safeguarding and child protection policy can be found HERE
What should my home provide?
We ask that families can provide each student with:
• A warm and friendly welcome
• Clean and suitable house and bedroom(s) • A clean, comfortable bed, well-lit room, and heating • Bed linen and towels, washed on a weekly basis • Regular access to the bathroom • Breakfast and an evening meal every day (possible pack lunch where needed) • A lift into school. Families who cannot provide this will be considered depending on local transport or where a OneWorld bus is provided.
• Smoke/fire detectors