Host Family Questions

We hope you might find the answers to some of your questions here, but please feel free to contact us if you can’t find the information you are looking for.


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 exeat weekends, where students are required to leave school from Friday after lessons finish, and return on Sunday at around teatime.

Can I host over the Easter, Christmas and Summer holidays?

The majority of our students return home for the summer holidays, apart from exceptional circumstances where children might be going to summer school. All our students return home for the Easter and Christmas holidays.

Do I have to collect them from school?

Yes, we do ask our host families to collect students from their school and return them at the end of the break as this is comforting for the student. We try to keep this journey within half an hour wherever possible, and if it is much longer than this we will ask you if this is ok.

Are bunk beds or double beds acceptable for your students?

We do prefer to offer a full size single permanent bed for each student, however other style beds will be considered. Sofa beds, futon beds should not be used. One student is acceptable per double bed, but they are not able to share this bed with another student.

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.

I work full time - can I still become a host family?

Unfortunately not – we do require the host family be at home while students are staying with you.

What nationality will the students be?

We look after students from all over the world, from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Spain, and many many more countries.

How old will the students be?

We look after students from the age of 8 to 18.

Will I definitely have students coming to stay with me?

We do organise host family stays well in advance, however there may be some times when plans change near to the event date. We will try to give you as much notice as possible if this happens.

I became a host family a while ago and haven't yet had students to stay?

While we do try to place students with host families in advance, there may be times when we don’t have any students in your area who require a host family. You will still be on our records as available to host, and if we receive a host family request form a student near to you we will give you a call.

How much do I get paid?

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

Can I stop work and use my income from hosting to pay my mortgage?

Unfortunately not. Although being a host family does provide a (usually regular) valuable extra income, the stays are not guaranteed because students do cancel from time to time. For this reason we do not recommend that you look at hosting for Bright World if you are going to rely on the income.

I've never hosted before - what support will I receive?

When our local co-ordinator visits you, they will take you through the Host Family Manual, explain what is required of a host family and answer any questions you may have. Also, our head office is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5:30pm. We are here to help with any questions you may have or to offer any advice if there is anything you’re not sure of. We do have a number for out of office hours, ie: evenings and weekends, which is for emergencies only.

Am I the students guardian?

No - Bright World will remain the child’s guardian even while they are staying with you.

Will I have to pay for trips out during the holidays?

You will not be expected to be out of pocket for hosting students, although if you want to organise trips and are concerned that you might not receive the money back, please call the Bright World office before the trip. We will confirm with the parents that they are happy to cover the costs.

Will I be expected to give the students pocket money?

Our students are in charge of their own finances, and it is their responsibility to ensure that they have enough money to last them their holiday. In an emergency, such as the student has lost their money/card and asks you to loan them some money, please contact the Bright World office first. We can confirm with the parents that they agree to repay this amount.

When will I receive payment for hosting?

You will usually receive payment on the Monday after the start of the event either by cheque or by online transfer. There may be occasions where there is a delay, and we will advise you of this wherever possible.

I already have an enhanced DBS certificate- can I use this for hosting with Bright World?

Providing that you are on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service, and you give Bright World permission to view your details online, we will not need to complete another DBS check. 

Will I be asked to host at short notice?

On occasions we do have students who require a host family at short notice, and we may call you to ask your availability. However we understand that not everybody will be available at short notice, and will understand if you are not able to help.

Will I have to attend parents evenings and sports days?

No, it is not part of the host family role to attend either parents evenings or sports days. These are attended by a Bright World representative.

Become a host family today by applying online. Alternatively, to discuss in more detail, please contact us on 01273 835 745 or email