Every year thousands of young people studying in the UK become part of a new family – some for a short time, others for a little longer. But each will create memories, have positive experiences, and build lasting bonds thanks to the amazing homestay families who step in as the students’ home away from home.
If you’ve never considered becoming a homestay or, if you’ve heard the term but aren’t sure what it means, read on to understand more about what it is, what’s involved and how to become a homestay in your area.
Homestay – A rewarding role
Choosing to become a homestay is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. It’s an opportunity to share culture and knowledge, provide care and support and – possibly surprisingly – support the local economy, as international students make a significant contribution to cities like Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and London.
Opening your home to an international student is more than just meeting their basic needs of a bed and a place to study. Over the years we’ve had homestays travel thousands of miles to be part of wedding celebrations and witnessed enduring friendships, with both students and their families staying in regular contact with homestays long after their studies have finished.
From exchanging and improving English and foreign language skills, to learning new social etiquettes and practices, the wealth of intercultural opportunities of being a homestay is deep and plentiful. Our homestays are financially compensated when they host a student, the cost of which depends on the student hosted.
What’s involved in being a homestay?
Many of the people who approach us about becoming a homestay have similar questions – for ease we’ve collated the most common ones on our FAQ page. Whilst we could put this into our own words based on our years of experience we felt that it’s better for our homestays to explain, in their own words, what’s involved.
How to become a homestay
Our students are looking for families who can offer a safe, peaceful environment, many of our registered homestays are those with rooms to spare after their own children have grown up and gone to explore their own lives, or those with similarly aged children, with whom our students can share enriching experiences.
If you have room in your home and life to care for a student, nurture them throughout their studies and provide a home which fosters this ethos, we want to hear from you. Our list of current sought-after locations for new homestays is at the bottom of this page.
Additionally, we offer a guided application service, which will help you complete the application process, but if you’re not quite ready to apply and want to talk through anything not covered on our FAQ page, get in touch with a member of our team here.
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We’re currently recruiting homestays in the following areas: