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Advice & guidance to help you host international students

The St Brelade’s College homestay handbook covers all aspects of the hosting process and what can be expected.

If you have an emergency relating to hosting you can contact the school on either 07797 714720 or 07797 714723 out of office hours.

Check your student’s arrival and departure times by checking the Port of Jersey and Jersey airport websites.

If you have teenage students staying with you, it may help to run through this list of questions about their stay with you on their first night. Having all the information on one sheet will make it easier for them to understand and will help avoid misunderstandings.

Download the school bus timetable every Friday using the following link

In the summer, Liberty bus passes are given to teenage students. You can help students use public buses by downloading a Liberty public bus timetable.

If you need to check or research a medical issue, visit the NHS website. For emergencies call an ambulance on 112 / 999. For non-emergencies, help students make an appointment with Indigo House Surgery, St Helier, tel. 445445 (or any doctor surgery you choose). Cost = approx. £65 (normal surgery hours) / £111- £135 (out of hours surgery). Students needs to pay at the time of visit.

Give students tips on how to be safe when out i.e. let them know where A&E is and make them aware of the alcohol & drug laws in Jersey and the dangers involved in such behaviour.

House First Aid kit

Please keep a first aid kit in your home and let your student know where it is stored. Your first aid kit could contain the following:
Assorted plasters / fabric plaster strip / small range of bandages / alcohol free antiseptic wipes / microporous tape / sterile latex free gloves / small range of sterile dressing pads / scissors / disposable tweezers / safety pins and instant ice packs. For burns, burn gel is a possibility, but equally cold water and a trip to A&E is advisable as burns need pre-treating for infection.

Show them around the house and let them know where items they may need are stored. Ask them to unpack their suitcase, as it helps them settle in and feel at home. Check that they have changed the time on their watch and that they are aware of the time difference.

Note down their mobile number, if they have one using our contact details swapping slips. If the student has no mobile phone you could lend them an old mobile and PAYG SIM card if you have one.The easiest way to contact them if they are missing or late home is to call them.

Ask if younger students would like you to look after their pocket money until required for safekeeping. You can sign money out each time they ask or give them a cash box they can keep in their room.

Give younger students food that they can identify with and recognise straight away for the first few days, as they may not be accustomed to British food. A piece of meat that looks like meat, rather than being included within dishes will help them adjust initially. For the first couple of nights you could also put food out in help yourself bowls to gage how much your students usually eat.

By creating a chart listing sandwich fillings, bread types etc. students can select which they like and dislike, to avoid misunderstandings and also wastage. Our food translation list can help students who don’t have all of the vocabulary.

For snacks, you could leave a bowl of fruit out or leave snacks in a tupperware that is replenished weekly (once empty, students would need to buy their own extra snacks).

Conversation within the homestay is an important part of the student’s learning process and help & encouragement is essential. Students are here to improve their English so patience and understanding will be appreciated. When talking with your student, the main thing to remember is to speak slowly, simply and clearly; there is no need to speak loudly. Allocate some time in the evenings to spend talking with your student/s as a student who feels integrated within their homestay has a much happier time.

For younger students, it’s important to check in with each student every day – usually a good time for this is over dinner when they’re more focused. Your check in could include how their day has been – how was their class today, what did they do on their afternoon activity, did they make any new friends or meet any new people and also how they are feeling – is there anything which would make them feel more comfortable at school or in the home, how are they finding the meals you are providing, how are they sleeping etc.

Differences in culture can lead to misunderstandings for you as well as your students. In many cultures requests are expressed much more directly than British people are accustomed to. We also express ourselves through body language and tone of voice, which can also vary from culture to culture. Trying to understand how your student may be perceiving his/her new culture may help in building a better relationship together.