Hosting an international student is a very important role and offering a warm welcome is so important to a child away from home. Some students will have a lot of study to do and will seem unfriendly and want to remain in their room a lot. This is quite normal as they have homework to complete. However, often, if you find out what they enjoy doing and involve them in a family activity, they really can come out of their shell and enjoy themselves more as they relax into your family life.
We find that if you ask students what they like, they will tell you straight away. Some ideas for activities can include a games evening. Children often love board games and they don't always get the chance to play them at school. If you are fortunate enough to have a table tennis table, that is usually a winner on the activity front too and keeps everyone active.
If you have a family dog and enjoy walking then do invite your student along. They often love to get out and about and going on a traditional country walk or a walk to the local park will be a new experience for them.
We find that a lot of our students really enjoy cooking and baking. They don't always get the chance to cook a meal at school so they love to show off their culinary skills in their host family who benefit from a delicious meal from their country.
To find out how to become a host family, and for a copy of our handbook, please contact our team direct on+44 (0)1273 835745 or fill in our online enquiry form below and we'll get back to you.
Find out all you need to know about becoming a host family for Bright World by reading our FAQ.