HOSTING STUDENTS

Hosting in Eastbourne

Eastbourne is a well established and popular centre for students, who study at St Andrews School or Eastbourne College during the summer. Our homestay manager is Pauline Lorence, and the homestay co-ordinator is Zoë Harris. We also have some courses running during the year in secondary schools like Gildredge House, and Ratton School. Students at St Andrews are provided with a private bus, whereas other students take local buses to and from the centre. Students have hot meals at the centres. Meal provision is half board on weekdays, and full board on weekends. Some groups require hosts to transport students to and from our courses.

If you are interested in becoming a host in Eastbourne, please email Pauline at paulinelorence@elac.co.uk or call her on 08711 122709. Please include details such as your name, address, contact number and email and she will be in touch with you.

Hosting in Bath

Bath is a popular centre for students who study at Prior Park College in the summer. We also run year round courses at the Elac Study Centre, based at our head office in Milsom Street. Our homestay co-ordinator is Ellie Thomas. Bus passes or a private bus are provided. Students have hot meals at Prior Park or luncheon vouchers at the Elac Study Centre. Meal provision is half board on weekdays, and full board on weekends. Some groups require hosts to transport students to and from our courses.

If you are interested in becoming a host in Bath, please email Ellie at bathhostfamilies@elac.co.uk or call her on 07771 279608. Please include details such as your name, address, contact number and email and she will be in touch with you.

Why host students?

Hosting students is a rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity of meeting young people of different nationalities. Students from overseas really appreciate being in a home environment, where they can relax, practise their English and experience the local culture. You will also receive renumeration for hosting our students or leaders.

Who can host?

Hosts come in all shapes and sizes, reflecting the society we live in. We are looking for hosts who are welcoming, friendly and keen to give our students an experience to remember. There are also certain requirements to be met that are based on British Council criteria regarding student welfare.

What happens once I’m approved?

Once you have been approved, we will let you know dates and venues for our courses, and start to place students with you. You will be kept informed of students’ arrival dates, their programme, and any other information you need. Payment is usually made half-way through the course. Additional payments are made for some specific dietary requirements, extra travel provided, etc.

What’s involved?

Once you have expressed an interest, the local homestay co-ordinator will arrange to visit you. They will check your accommodation and the student’s bedroom to ensure it meets our standards, and also find out more about you so that we can build up a profile, which we can then use to match you with our students. We can also send this profile to the student so they know about you before they arrive. We will find out information about your occupation, children, pets, whether you can offer special diets, the local bus route, dates that are suitable for you, etc. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions. As many of our students are under 18, hosts require a current, enhanced DBS certificate. This is something we can organise for you. We also take two references. There are also other documents required, like gas safety certificates and fire safety risk assessments.

We are here to support you

The homestay co-ordinator will support and advise you throughout the programme. This is backed up by our head office team, who are always happy to help and advise our students and hosts.