For LSI, it’s essential that hosting students is a positive experience for both our students and homestay hosts. When students apply for homestay accommodation they are asked to fill out their requirements and preferences. The school accommodation officer will then find the best homestay match. Whatever the request, whether it’s a special dietary need, a wish to stay in a family with young children or a home with no pets, LSI will accommodate students in the most suitable homestay for them.
Similarly our homestay hosts can also express their preferences. Some hosts prefer to have older students, or maybe are only able to offer B & B. The school accommodation officers use their knowledge of homestay hosts to place the students in the most appropriate accommodation. LSI has a good success rate in matching students to homestay host with many students spending their entire stay with the same host.
Once LSI receives a student’s registration form, the student will usually be placed with a homestay host no later than two weeks before the student’s arrival date. Hosts are provided with basic information about the student including their age and nationality and students are sent a profile of the homestay host they will be staying with.
At busy times and with late bookings, homestay hosts may be contacted at short notice. However hosts can always decline a student if the circumstances are not right for the them.
Who can become an LSI homestay host? Our hosts include retired couples, families with children, single people and professional couples, the unifying factor is the willingness to provide a warm, homely environment where LSI students are treated as family members. Many of our homestay hosts are from diverse cultural backgrounds and may speak other languages, but all hwill speak the local language as a near native speaker and be able to share knowledge of the local culture with their students.
Once LSI receives a request to become to host students, an application form will be sent out. The school accommodation officer will then arrange a visit to view the accommodation, both the common areas and the room allocated to the student. The prospective host will be asked to supply details about themselves, including interests and hobbies, and this information would then be used to create the profile that is sent to any student. The homestay host profile is used to find suitable matches between a host and LSI students.
Where an application is successful, the new hosts are contacted by the school and maybe asked to provide additional information such as a gas safety certificate, a fire risk assessment or even, if the homstay host will host minors, a criminal record check.
After all the final checks have been completed, the homestay host will be ready to receive their first student.
Students pay their accommodation costs directly to the LSI school where they are studying. LSI then remunerates the homestay hosts on a fortnightly basis. Payments are made by bank transfer.
For specific accommodation rates contact the relevant LSI school.
We believe it’s key to happy and warm relationship that students feel integrated into the family rather than being seen as paying guests. By removing direct financial contact it removes possible sources of tension, conflict and alienation. For this reason LSI requires hosts to inform us directly when any changes are requested by the students, and LSI will adjust the homestay host’s payments accordingly.