The Hosting Experience
Adult and junior students of different nationalities come to study at St Brelade's College throughout the year, particularly during holiday periods. They come for differing lengths of time, from one week to a few months. Homestay is a popular choice amongst them as it gives them a chance to get to know the island and culture better, learn the language and meet new people.
Hosting international students is a unique experience for the hosts too and has financial benefits. Whether hosts are looking to take adults or junior students they can gain from new friendships, new insights and new memories. Homestay is the provision of a comfortable home environment for students, including meals. Hosting adults and juniors has its differences so a host's choice depends on what they prefer to get out of hosting, their availability and the space they have available.
It's also not just for people at home or working part-time, hosts can work full-time too. Hosts include a broad mix of individuals, couples, families, single parents and retired people. With over 40 years' experience and the British Council accreditation, St Brelade's College provides full support to their hosts to ensure students' welfare and integration into local homes whilst on the island.
Rebekah Key (Host of the year in 2019) commented:
"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." During the summer, St Brelade's College hosts can earn £1,400 for 14 nights by hosting up to four juniors at one time (maximum of two students per room)
More information can be found on www.jerseyhomestay.co.uk or by calling 741305.
Please note: Early sign-up is essential if hosts would like to accommodate juniors, to ensure that DBS checks are received in-time to host,