What To Prepare For When Hosting Students

By - Olivia
10.05.21 06:00 PM

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Receiving international students in your home can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. You open yourself up to new cultures whilst sharing your own, and you get to help make someone’s overseas experience better. If it’s your first time hosting, there are a few things you’ll want to be prepared for.  Our team at Host Family Stay has prepared a list of things you’ll want to be aware of when you’re hosting a student.

  1. Your student might have trouble fitting in.

Sometimes students have a hard time feeling at home in a new environment  for them, and they may get homesick. Hence, try to be as welcoming as possible, so your guest can have an easier time during their visit! If you still feel like things aren’t going so well, be sure to inform your homestay company, so they can help you find a solution.

  1. You may need to explain even the simplest things.

Miscommunication between you and your student can happen at times. Most student's first language isn’t English, so there’s a chance they won’t get what you mean, or they may understand it differently. Make sure you take time to explain even the things you take for granted.

  1. Some students might not have the best manners.

Most students are very polite and disciplined, however, the possibility of encountering a slightly less polite one does exist. Although they are few and far between, bad-mannered students do come around. In any case, their stay in the UK is a great opportunity for them to learn about British politeness!

  1. Your time and space will be required every once in a while.

Most of the time students will be out in school or hanging out with friends, but there will be times when you’ll have to share your personal space with your guests - your living room, home facilities, etc. This might be weird at first, and if you’re hosting more than one student it can even be a little noisy, but as time goes by you’ll start to feel more comfortable around them and vice versa. 

  1. And, finally, be prepared for a culture clash!

You’re receiving a student from a completely different culture, so remember to remain respectful of their traditions whilst teaching them about British culture.

We hope this helps make your hosting experience better. If you have any questions, drop us a message! We’re happy to help with anything you might need.

Just remember, homestay is all about the experiences - it has to be enjoyable for both you and your guest!