Become a Host Family for Bright World Guardianships

"Bright World is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.” 

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Host Family Services

Bright World Guardianships oversees the pastoral care of international students during who are studying at UK boarding schools whilst their parents are still living in their home country. Part of our role is to find host families for them for short holidays.  

Our Host Family Network

We rely on our network of excellent host families to help us to care for our students during the times of year when they have to leave school. This is usually some weekends and half term holidays.

Hosting an international boarding student during their short holidays can be very rewarding, fun and educational for your own children and provides a valuable extra income for your family. 

Our Safer Recruitment Policy and Process

  • Applicants must provide original identification documents to prove who they are and permission to work in the UK documents where appropriate
  • Enhanced DBS checks are required for 16 years and over.  Bright World takes responsiblity for these.  
  • Applicants must be suitable to work with children and must not be disqualified from working with children, or subject to any sanctions imposed by a regulatory body and have no convictions, cautions or bind overs
  • Bright World will obtain references from nominated referees and does not accept open references or testimonials or ‘To whom it may concern’ references
  • We conduct an initial house inspection to confirm  an applicant's suitability for the role, suitability to work with children.  
  • As collection and drop off by the family to and from school is part of the role, we also inspect the car that will be used.
  • Photographs are taken for our online profiles.
  • Revisits - to ensure that the facilities being offered are of the same standards as per the initial inspection report, we conduct an annual inspection to ensure that there are no new circumstances in the house that need to be reviewed (for example members of the family who have turned 16 years old and need a DBS check, new pets or new rooms which have been built), and that the home remains suitable for hosting Bright World Guardianships students
  • Spot Checks – Bright World conducts random spot checks on our host families.
  • Care Plans –  Bright World conducts a Care Plan welfare feedback report with students and host families when a stay has been completed. 

We are always looking to expand our host family network as our student numbers increase and are currently looking for host families in the following areas:

Host Family Spot Checks:

To ensure on-going monitoring of the safeguarding standards after the initial recruitment, Bright World Guardianships proactively undertakes host family spot checks.  This involves the Local Co-ordinator (the student’s ‘Buddy’) going to visit students staying in host families who are randomly selected at Head Office.  This process ensures both the student and host family allocations continue to be suitable, and continue to add value to the student’s stay in the UK.  The Local Coordinator will select one host family to visit during the academic year.  This visit is arranged with the host family within a certain time frame so that the Local Coordinator can visit both the family and student.  During the visit, the Local Coordinator discusses the stay with the student and family.  Their feedback is collected and submitted in a report to Head Office.  We are extremely proud this process which enables us to proactively monitor the well-being of the student and the host family, and enjoy a cup of tea with them while we are there. 

Host Family Locations in the UK;

Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Kent, Surrey, Eastbourne, Sussex, London, Worthing, Suffolk, Norfolk, Chichester, Essex, Hampshire, Devon, Dorset, Reading, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Bath and Bristol, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, West Sussex, Cheltenham, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Scotland.

See our host family location pages below:

Host Family in York
Host Family in Surrey, Herts
Host Family in Dorset & Somerset
Host Family in Bristol
Host Family in Lincoln & Leicester
Host Family in Norfolk, Suffolk
Host Family in Essex
Host Family in Kent
Host Family Sussex
Host Family Gloucestershire/Worcestershire
Host Family in Devon
Host Family Shropshire
Host Family in Reading

Host Family in Oxford

Host Family in Berkshire

Host Family in Bedford
Host Family in Lancashire
Host Family in Scotland
Host Family in Salisbury
Host Family in Brighton & Hove
Host family in London
Host Family in Cambridgeshire
Host Family in Wiltshire
Host Family in Birmingham
Host Family in West Yorkshire/Leeds

Become a Host Family - Frequently Asked Questions

When would I Host?

Our students generally go to Host Families during their half term holidays, which are usually 1 – 2 weeks depending on the school. Some schools also have exact weekends, where students are required to leave school from Friday after lessons finish, and return on Sunday at around teatime.

Will you want us as a Host Family as we have no children/are retired?

The simple answer is YES! Some of our students ask specifically to go to a family with no children - they may want a quiet house where they can study and there will not be much background noise.

How much will we get paid to become a Host Family?

You will receive payment for hosting, plus generous expenses. More details on payments will be given to you during the interview stage.

For more information regarding our Host Family Locations throughout the UK please contact our team direct on +44 (0)1273 835 745 or fill in our online enquiry form and we'll get back to you.

or click here to see our frequently asked questions.

Want to know How to Become a Host Family?

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Contact Bright World today to see how you can become one of our Host Families for International Students. A member of our team will be back to you shortly with more information and details on how to apply.

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