(Pictured above from the left; Lana Foster 'Bright World', Siri Sithiprasasana 'AIBC, Thailand, Charlotte Hamson 'Bright World')
Yesterday along with 24 UK Boarding Schools, Lana Foster and Charlotte Hamson, from Bright World attended the British Councils International Agents Fair 2012, in Oxford
The fair was held over two days at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. International Agents and UK Boarding Schools were able to meet preliminarily on the first evening, Tuesday 8th.
Guests were treated to a delicious 3 Course meal, with a rotation system allowing agents to mix in amongst all of the 24 Boarding Schools. Some agents and Schools continued there discussions into the Hotel bar but soon retired with the thought of the looming early morning appointments.
The next morning after a complimentary breakfast Bright World, along with the other Boarding Schools began setting up their stands. Bright World was very pleased to stand out with a Bright Green and dark purple table cloth!
Two representatives from each School were then asked by British Council representative Emma Robinson, to meet with Agents from all over the world, coming from as far as Hong Kong, Brazil and Nigera. The Schools were provided with a profile of the Agency explaining a bit about their background, heritage and a rough estimate of numbers of students they place yearly.
Schools were able to discuss in detail what made their school different and therefore attractive to the budding, enthused International Agents who were very keen to learn what made each school unique.
With a 9% growth of International students attending UK Boarding Schools, up from 10,030 in 2010 to 10,900 in 2011, there is a clear growing demand, which makes Bright Worlds’ role key; To support all International student who chooses a UK Institution and Bright World as their Guardian.
Bright World was lucky enough to be the only Guardianship organisation in attendance at the Fair and played an important role in educating Agents and Schools in the great need and legal requirements surrounding Guardianship for International students.
Lana and Charlotte also discussed the Bright World Placement service, available to parents and Agents alike. Lana (Managing Director) was thrilled to be congratulated on Bright Worlds’ continuing success, by Yulia Kolot,(pictured above) from Insight Lingua ; An Agency in Russia, who frequently call upon Bright World, when needing Placement support and of course to provide an airtight Guardianship service for Russian students from as young as age 8.
"Bright World is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment."
Sherborne International, a Bright World Partner School, has been in touch today to let us know they still have places for September 2018 in all year groups, though very limited - read on to see how to apply and learn more about how Bright World can help you to find a great host family near Sherborne School.
Lisa Palmer, the Director of Admissions and Marketing at Taunton School has returned from a short vacation and has sent us A BIG hello from an unusually warm and sunny Taunton!