I have really enjoyed hosting; the extra income is nice but it’s been lovely meeting so many different students from around the world and finding out about them and their families. I have found them all to be helpful around the house, respectful and polite.
Hosting students meant I could stay at home with my family rather than looking for evening or weekend work. I have loved to see my own children welcoming the students, making friends with them and inviting them to play football and other games. Some still keep in touch with us now.
When we first started home stay we didn’t know what to expect. We took our first tentative steps with a lovely young girl from Paris. Not long after we went into lock down. This year has been totally different. We’ve had a revolving front door as it has literally been one group out and another in. We now host two or three at a time and find it really enjoyable getting to know them. It’s great to watch them interact and make friends that hopefully they will keep for a long time. We would urge anyone with the time and room to have a go.
We started hosting because we had a spare room and we enjoy the company of teenagers. We love the feeling that most students will have good memories of their experience in Jersey partly because our family welcomed and cared for them.
Hello, Anna, we are back in France, with Candice we wanted to thank you for the welcome you gave us. It was the best time of my life! The meals were delicious and we will not forget our swimming at sea! We miss you – hoping to see you again someday.
Hosting is very rewarding and this is the fourth year we have hosted students. It’s like having a temporary expansion of our family as many of the students get involved with family life. We have had many students that we have been sad to leave us when their stay was over. What a wonderful year of hosting this has been!
Our family has made friends for life, and we have really enjoyed meeting such lovely kids from other countries. It’s a great way to broaden your horizons from the comfort of your own home.
We’ve had three great years of hosting so far. We always look forward to welcoming students & at times it’s difficult to say goodbye as they feel like a part of our family. When students keep in touch after their stay & then ask to return to us the following year, we know we are doing something right.