Becoming a host family couldn’t be easier! (updated 20.02.21)
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Step 1: Fill in our online application form and you will receive our automated response, please read all documentation attached to the email, watch our safeguarding video online to initiate the process.
Once the application is filled in please also complete our new COVID19 questionnaire, Agreement and fire risk assessment.
Step 2: Upload, email or prepare a copy for us:
All ID (Passport or Driving license)
Gas Safety or Direct Heating certificate
Current utility bill
Fully enhanced DBS Certificate (we can of course help you with this if you haven’t already got the correct certificate)
Step 3: We will arrange a Host Family visit or a video call from one of our Team, whom upon the visit/video call will go through the following:
- Our Homestay checklist
- Take pictures of the family, room and some areas of the homes
- Verify copies of all ID (these are kept confidential to us only GDPR)
- Check the risk assessment (please read our fire safety advice and complete the Fire Risk Assessment form) upon application (online)
- COVID19 questionnaire (please fill in this upon application)
- IMPORTANT: We do also ask you to take 10 minutes to watch our Child Protection Training Video as a standard of one of our procedures of becoming a host and upon our visit you will sign to ensure that you have understand your “Duty of Care”.
A member of the team will contact you shortly after receiving your application online by email or phone to arrange a convenient time to visit or video call you and your family at your home.
IMPORTANT: It is in imperative that you read and fully understand all of our host family guidelines, host family agreement and our COVID19 Agreement before becoming a host family for us. These will guide you on what is expected from you (the host family) and what our students would expect too during their stay.
Step 4: Once all of our initial checks are satisfied and verified, you will become a fully registered host family for Exeter Homestay UK.
Step 5: Finally the final step of the process, we will begin offering you placements when they become suitable to your family. During COVID19 we will follow the self isolation guidelines for the countries necessary.
BECOMING A HOST: Exeter Homestay UK require you to add students on to your home and car insurance for our “the duty of care” so that you will be covered in your home for damages or fire.
We are now partnering with an Insurance Company whom has a bespoke Guardianship Insurance for all future host families whom are taking our students, whereas we advise you to take this cover; if your current insurer is willing to add this as an additional option, we are happy for this too, but must receive a copy.
Please read our Fire Safety advice and complete the
Fire Safety Risk Assessment Form that can be found here:
EHUK do several types of stays for Overseas students - juniors & Adults.
We are always looking for good host whom can provide a room as a homestay for one of our students, this can be one of the most rewarding things a host can offer. Our experience has taught us that the key to a successful hosting experience is an understanding and mutual respect between host and student.
We are expected to provide the best possible homestay expereience for our students during their stay, which we know, can only be achieved with the support of our host families. The students are choosing to live in a homestay as an option as this will give them a warm welcome, home comforts and the opportunity to practive their English with British families, also not to forget giving their parents piece of mind that their children are being looked after and cared for during their stay.
- The chance to meet students from all over the world and make new friends
- Experience different cultures
- Earn extra income (tax free guidelines inline with HMRC)
- Prompt payment before departure
- Keeping in touch with many new friends
- Sharing your culture and experiences with others
- Supporting UK & Overseas students during their stay in the UK
So why the big deal? Why do you need to know this?
Well working directly with children means it's your duty to care and you have a big role to play in helping to protect children. Let's face it, no one wants to hear about this or let alone have to deal with it, but the reality is you might have to!
To be aware of the issues and warning signs, please watch an engaging, digital training video which will provide all the information needed to ensure you can do the very best to help protect and care for the children you work with.
This short, to-the-point film is perfect for making everybody aware of their statutory and moral obligation to help protect the children they work with and gives all the information you need from what types of abuse there are, what signs to look out for.
This video has been approved by the LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children's Board).
EHUK offers a £20 referral fee to anyone who recommends a new family to us.
The fee will be paid upon on completion of the new host 2nd student stay with us as a host.