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Being a Host Family is incredibly rewarding

Pippa’s Guardians provides Guardianship services to international students studying at Ruthin School amongst others across the country. They find supportive and caring families who can offer a welcoming home for students during their school holidays.

Victoria and Matthew Luker have been a host family for over 4 years “We started hosting for Pippa’s Guardians in 2017, after a friend suggested that we might enjoy the experience and utilise our spare bedrooms. We have now hosted several students over the past 3 years; some as their regular host family for scheduled exeats and others as occasional cover for other host families holidays or sickness. We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting and have many happy memories. It is incredibly rewarding to see the children grow and develop as individuals.

We have always provided a welcoming stable environment for our overseas students – listening and trying to resolve anxieties, home sickness and exam worries. Many concerns have been dispelled through baking, dog walks and playing games.

Birthdays, cultural and religious dates are made memorable, by a special outing, a favourite meal or cake. Hosting has given our daughter the opportunity to gain an insight of studying and living overseas, she has also embraced different cultural celebrations and made friends.”

Ben Hughes, Managing Director for Pippa’s Guardians explained “The families we look for are welcoming and are interested in other cultures. Having children of similar ages helps but isn’t the most important thing as we have many successful host families who have no children, younger children or indeed older children who have left home. Internet access is very important, and each student will need their own bedroom with a desk or somewhere quiet for homework. Being part of a family and experiencing day-to-day family life enhances students’ study and plays a part in improving their English language.”

Becoming a host family can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the family too; providing the opportunity to really make a difference to a student whilst they are studying here in the UK, in many cases a very long way from home.

 

Supportive and caring Host Families required for international students from September 2021

Mid term holidays, Up to 6 weekends a year, Daily rate and expenses paid.

To find out more about this rewarding and enjoyable opportunity, call 01684 252757 or email hostfamilies@pippasguardians.co.uk

www.pippasguardians.co.uk