What are the criteria for becoming a host?
You must be able to take a minimum of 2 students, maximum 4 - in a separate bedroom to your family members. Students can share a room and actually prefer this (but they can't share with your
No mattresses on the floor/airbeds are allowed – it must be proper beds. Single beds, trundles & bunks are all ok and many hosts invest in bunks to double their income once they have
given it a go.
If you have a double bed in your spare room, we appreciate that you want to try hosting before you think about investing in other beds - so we are happy for you to host 2 students in a double bed
for a couple of groups - provided you use sleeping bags or something down the middle to create 2 separate sleeping areas.
We also need households to host the accompanying teachers & drivers. There is no minimum or maximum number you can take but you must have suitable rooms, beds & bathrooms.
You must be able to drop your students/adults to the Meeting Point by 7.45am in the morning (sometimes earlier) and collect again from 6.30pm – according to the timings on the group programme that
you receive in advance. Our Coordinators will be there about 15 minutes prior to programme times to take the register and deal with any queries hosts may have – so you can drop a little earlier if
You must provide your guests with an “English Experience” by providing certain foods, talking about manners and encouraging them to chat in English. We will give you full details of what to do
when we visit.
We look for households that will make the students feel very welcome and who will enjoy the experience of hosting themselves. It is great fun and an easy way to earn extra income!
Your house must be clean and tidy. We are not expecting show home or hotel standards - just good standards of cleanliness.
In a nutshell, the way we work is that if we would be happy to place our own children with you, we will take you on and if not, we will tell you and we can go from there to rectify the problem or
part ways with a smile.