- What reimbursement should I expect?
Where do the students come from and how long do they stay?
Our foreign students are aged between 16 and 18 and come from across Europe and from other parts of the world including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Thailand and Mexico. Our students complete a program of either 6 or 10 months in length with the majority arriving for the beginning of the new school year in September.
Where do the students live?
Our students live with host families who are based across the UK. Our families come in all shapes and sizes but all share the interest and enthusiasm to support a young person on their adventure in the UK. Host families must be able to offer a bed and a room and meals for their student. They are reimbursed a monthly amount for their expenses and students arrive fully prepared to pay for their own personal expenses and activities. As an Area Represetative you will be asked to meet with and interview prospective host families to assess their suitability to welcome a foreign student into their home.
Will I be expected to find host families?
You are not expected to find all of the host families for our students but your active advertising and recruitment will lead to more students being placed in your area and you being more involved in the programs. Area Representatives who successfully find and process a new host family will be rewarded for their effort.
Am I able to host and act as an Area Representative?
Several of our Area Representatives do also host students but it is not a requirement. You can choose how involved you become in the programs. If you decide to host a student then an alternative Area Representative will be found to support you, your family and the student during the program.
How much contact with the host families and students is expected?
You are able to determine how involved you become with your student(s) and how you manage your role. Many Area Representatives enjoy bringing all of their students together and completing activities or visiting local sites. The level of contact that is required varies from student to student and is often determined by the student’s ability to settle into their new life.
Students sometimes struggle with homesickness and culture shock and may ask for the support of their host family and Area Representative to get through the more difficult times.
We ask that you schedule a monthly meeting with your students to ensure that they are well. In between these meetings the students should be able to contact you and vice versa by phone or email. A monthly call or meeting with the host family can also be very beneficial to ensure the smooth passage of the program.