Host Family FAQ

  • Do I need to set Household Rules?

    Host families are strongly advised to discuss household rules with each student from the outset of their stay. We would recommend that they are discussed and implemented in the first few days after the student has arrived in your home.

  • What age are the students?

    The students who will be on the programme are aged 12 – 19.

  • What do students do at weekends?

    At weekends students will often study, along with contacting family and friends at home.  They may go out and meet up with their English friends or go shopping.

  • What if I encounter problems with the student’s behaviour?

    We expect all of our students to behave to high standards. However, we do recognise that teenagers are not without fault and some may display behaviour that is unacceptable. It may be a misunderstanding or a cultural difference but no problem is too small to address. In terms of discipline, they should adhere to household rules like everyone else. If you need advice or assistance, please contact our team.

  • What is required to be a host family?

    The main thing we look for is a safe and secure home where students can live, study and relax.

    They also require the following:

    • Bed, wardrobe and drawers, including desk and chair
    • Household amenities including daily shower, heating, lighting and internet connection
    • Regular, nutritious meals, weekly laundry including bedding and towels
  • What type of food will the student eat?

    Students are expected to eat what you and your family would normally eat on a daily basis. Students let us know in advance of their food preferences and any allergies.

  • What type of Host Family are you looking for?

    There is no ‘normal’ family!  Our host families come from many different backgrounds, ages and family situations. There are as many different types of students as there are many different types of host families, including single parents, couples with and without children at home and retired people.

  • Will I be paid for hosting a student?

    You will receive a weekly payment directly into your bank account when the student is living in your home.

  • Will my family be able to choose the student?

    Matching the right student to the right family is important. We take account of your requests when placing students with you, however, we cannot guarantee that we can fulfil all of your requirements. You may refuse any student you do not feel is appropriate for your family.

Some of the most common frequently asked questions are addressed here.



Alpha Guardians is accredited by AEGIS, the Association for the Education and the Guardianship of International students.

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