We have grown to realise over the years that for our students, staying in a host family for their boarding school holidays is a very popular choice. In fact it is the Number 1 choice. Bright World host families tend to stay with us year on year once they have been through the inspection process at the beginning of our relationship. We wanted to find out why and recently polled our host families to see what it is about hosting that is so enjoyable for them and makes them want to stay working with us year after year. The results are in and we have had some lovely feedback from our hosts.
Lisa McGowan is a host family for Bright World as well as being our Local Coordinator for the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire areas. She really enjoys her work as a Bright World Buddy and finds that also being a host family for some of our students during exeats and half terms is very rewarding.
Lisa really gets involved in activities with the students. In the image here you will see her students busy working on pumpkin carving at Halloween during the October half term.
Lisa also hosted a few students in her very large and comfortable home for Christmas 2021 when so many were unable to travel home due to restrictions and quarantine back in their own countries.
Tracey D'Cruz, one of Bright World's trusted host families really enjoys the entire experience of hosting and offering a home from home to our students during the holiday times. She is particularly happy that not only can she help her students to enjoy their holidays but, in turn, they provide her and her family with such an interesting role. They love getting to know students and learning all about their different cultures.
Joan Downs, one of Bright World's longstanding host families says that having young people staying with them in their home is an absolute joy. The family enjoys talking with their students and hearing about their country and home life.
Joan says that they encourage them to take part in their everyday activities such as planning and cooking meals, playing music and going for walks with them around the local area.