Homestay Families provide a home from home environment for students from overseas.
They are all volunteers who have full time careers or are retired and are seeking fulfilment from a role which offers the opportunity to provide support to a child from abroad.
Caring familiesThese families have an understanding of how it must feel to be a long way from home, in a country where you cannot communicate in your native language. They are compassionate and caring whilst remaining respectful of other cultures. They provide a safe environment for the student to stay during holidays, offering academic support where required and are always there to listen should the student need to voice any concerns.
24h supportHomestay families are given 24 hour support from The Guardian Family Network should they need to raise an issue regarding the welfare of the student. Most families remain in contact with the student and their families long after guardianship has terminated and the student has returned to their own country to continue their career or commence their career back home.
All families are vetted as wellbeing of the student is paramount
Visits are carried out by members of staff and extensive checks are completed to ensure that prospective guardians are suitable for the role.
Homestay families and students are closely matched to ensure that a good fit is achieved and that both parties are happy with the set up.
A trial is carried out prior to guardianship being confirmed to ensure that both the student and homestay family are happy with the arrangement.
What does the role of homestay family entail?
Communication is important
Communication and being well-organised is a vital element of acting as a homestay family. The experienced staff team at the Guardian Family Network will be on hand to offer you support and guidance should you have any worries or concerns while the child is in your care. We can also assist you if there are any teething problems while the child is settling in, or further down the line if things are not as you expected.
You will also be in regular communication with the Houseparents and tutor at the boarding school, The Guardian Family Network staff team and the child’s parents or their representative, if the parents do not speak English.
An ability to respond promptly to telephone calls and email is vital and having access to Skype is a useful way for the child to keep in touch with home.
Do you love spending time with children and have room in your home to offer care and support to an international student at a UK boarding school?
Imagine if your child were attending a boarding school many miles from home and the reassurance you would gain from having a local family to support them and keep you regularly informed on how they are getting on?
Friendly, supportive and reliable British families who care for international children at UK boarding schools.
This is an excellent opportunity
Hampden House, Monument Park, Warpsgrove Lane, Chalgrove, Oxon OX44 7RW
The details on your form help us to match you up with a potential child and to tell their family overseas about you. This form also requests contact details of two referees who know you well enough to vouch for your ability to care for children. We will also ask all family members who live at home and are over 18 to complete a DBS check, so we can carry out an enhanced background check.
GNet will remain the educational guardian of the student.