First time to a Host Family?

It can be a worrying time, but Mel at Quest Guardians has put together some tips to help you and firstly, don’t worry, our hosts are friendly and welcoming! They will explain how it all works when you first arrive.

How many meals will I get? The host families are paid to provide 3 meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Most Host Families have their main meal in the evening and we ask them to provide snacks in between, if you are hungry, such as fruit or a sandwich.

What times will we eat? Every host is different and the time that you eat will depend the host’s own family arrangements and commitments, but they will tell you about mealtimes when you first arrive.  If you get up very late and miss breakfast, some hosts will provide a brunch (breakfast and lunch together) but other hosts will leave out the breakfast items and let their students help themselves whenever they are ready.

What do I need to pack/ take with me to the host? During this term you will need to take warm outdoor AND indoor clothing (heating is often switched OFF for a few hours during the daytime). If you get cold, tell the host – they can often provide a small heater. You will also need to take your own personal toiletries, such as shampoo, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, but the host will provide towels and also bedding/linen.

Will the host do my laundry for me? Yes, Hosts are prepared and happy to launder clothes for you for longer stays such as a half term, but there is not always time during short weekend stays.


A final tip…COMMUNICATE!

To get the best out of your stay, communicate with your host as much as you can!!

  • Say a lot of ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ . Politeness will go a long way to making your host feel appreciated, as well as helping them in the house, such as clearing the table and keeping your room tidy. A Host Family is not a Bed & Breakfast or Hotel, so please don’t treat them as such – you are a guest in their house.
  • If you don’t like certain foods – tell the host. If you are hungry and want more food or a snack – ask them.  They will be happy to give you more food (either second helpings of a meal, or a snack in between meals) if you ask.
  • Keep them informed of your plans and if you are going out for the day, make sure you tell them what time you will return and if you will want food (or not) when you get back. Give them your mobile number and keep your mobile switched on so that they can contact you if they need to.
  • If you have any problems with your accommodation (for example; no hot water for your shower), please speak to your host and tell them what the problem is.

Most little problems like this can be sorted out very quickly so long as the host is made aware of it.   They cannot sort the problem out if they don’t know about it.   And finally  …..we want you to be happy! So if you ever want to speak to us about any aspect of your host accommodation, please get in touch and give us some feedback – we wish you a relaxing and happy break from school!

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