Host Family Accommodation
This is our most popular option. Living with a host family is probably the most effective and enjoyable way to become fully immersed into the language and culture of your chosen country.
All families are carefully selected and are visited regularly by the school to ensure that our high standards are maintained. We also require that they live within a reasonable distance of the school, have ample living space and live in a clean, safe, and comfortable environment.
Students have access to all living areas in the house and in most cases are expected to share a bathroom. All bed linens and pillows will be provided (however we suggest you bring your own towels). Your family may provide a laundry service or laundry facilities, possibly for a small additional charge.
Your host family will always do their best to engage you in daily conversation and make you feel at home. But please remember that they will have different customs, habits and cuisine than you may be accustomed to. You are not obliged to eat all your meals with the family. Please simply notify them when you will not be dining at home.
Our families are diverse from young couples without children, to couples with children (of all age groups) and older couples with grown children who have left home. We always make an effort to match students to a host family with common interests, for example, if you like children, we will try and place you with a family that has children. We cannot guarantee we can place all our students in the type of family they are looking for, however we make every effort.
We ask if you have any concerns that may be considered "medical requirements" such as a non-smoking family, special diet, allergies, etc. that you inform us at the time of enrolment. Many of our families provide a choice of single room or shared double bedroom depending on which location you have chosen and usually a choice of meals, breakfast only, 2 or 3 meals daily. (Please refer to the individual school location page for further details).
Staying with a family is a truly wonderful experience and many students make lifetime friends with their host family. However, you should also have realistic expectations. Your host home may not have the same comforts as your own home does, especially in more developing countries. You will be treated as a guest and free to come and go as you wish however you may be expected to obey house rules and may not be allowed to have friends visit.