Thank you for your interest in hosting for English Naturally!
Put that spare room to use!
Help our students enjoy what our wonderful country has to offer!
Be part of the UK's export drive!
English Naturally was founded in 1999. In our first year we had one - yes, just ONE - student! Since then we have dealt with countless thousands of students who, once they have visited, realise that England, and especially our beautiful part of it, is an amazing place. Because our students all come/pay us from abroad, what we do is part of the UK's export trade, and we are very proud of this.
The information below is a useful summary of what hosting for us involves. Please click here to register with us, or call us if you'd like to talk it through on 01962 859700 or send us a quick email to [email protected]
Why become a host family?
- Offering hospitality to students from other countries can be a very rewarding experience - both for you and them!
- By welcoming foreign students into your home, you and your family can make lifelong friends from other countries.
- If you have children, it should be great fun for them - and they should gain greatly from the experience, expanding their horizons.
- Money earned from hosting is tax-free (up to £7500 as of tax year 16-17) under the "rent-a-room" scheme, so it is a great way of earning extra money from a spare bedroom. You do not have to declare the relevant income provided you do not exceed the threshold.
How much is paid for hosting?
- The rates we pay will be provided to you if you sign up, when we arrange the home visit. As a general guideline, hosting foreign students is paid at rates similar to what you would expect from a lodger, but less than what you would expect for short-stay B+B/airnbnb or similar.
Our hosts provide short stay accommodation for two types of students: group and full immersion and longer stay accommodation for School Year Abroad students
Group students - a) School Groups/mini-stays, September-June, in Winchester, Romsey, Petersfield and Salisbury and/or b) Summer School students, late June- early August in Winchester, Petersfield and Lymington
Students are out all day having group lessons at a central location in the mornings and then either work experience or excursions in the afternoons. They usually have full day excursions at the weekend although some groups have Sunday free to spend with the host family. We pay higher rates for summer schools students than school groups visiting in low-season, as the latter are generally on very limited budgets.
How many students do I host?
Most groups are housed in 2s and 3s. Students can share a room but not a bed. They do not necessarily require their own bathroom. Some groups are housed individually. You can have students from another country staying at the same time as long as they speak a different language but not from the same country. They are here to speak English!
What does the host family do?
Host families offer a friendly, caring environment for their group students during their stay. They provide breakfast - cereal, toast, yoghurt, not cooked - packed lunch and evening meal. Where possible, hosts should try and eat their evening meal with the students as this is the student’s opportunity to practise their English.
What do you expect from hosts?
Host families should be above all friendly and caring and willing to welcome students into their home.
Do I need to drive students around?
The host family must collect their student(s) on arrival (any time at weekends but not until 1700-1800 on weekdays) from a central location advised by us and drop them on departure (usually around 0830). Other than that, if you are in a reasonably accessible location (within walking distance of the teaching centre, or on a good bus/train route) the students are responsible for getting themselves to and from lessons and activities. We ask that hosts show students how to get to their lessons (draw a map, take them to the bus stop) and home. If you are able to give students occasional lifts at times when public transport if limited, that would be great but you are not required to. The exception to this is hosts who do not live in town or near convenient public transport. You will need to ferry at times when the bus/train timetable is not a good fit. If there is no public transport option at all for where you live, we will need to ask you to ferry your students.
Who can host?
We use the catch-all expression "Host Families" to encompass all sorts of private homestay accommodation with one or more residents who are able to look after students. This will include people living alone, couples of whatever type with or without children. We do not have any view on what sort of household you are, as long as you are caring and friendly towards our students.
We do not put students into any sort of self-catering accommodation.
Full immersion students (Adults in Winchester, Juniors in Winchester & area (including Petersfield)
Full immersion students come individually or sometimes in 2s. They will have lessons with a teacher (usually 1:1) in your home for 3-6 hours every day and then spend the rest of their time (including weekends) with the family. They can be adults or children. As some of these students are as young as 11 years old, they need more supervision than group students. We always try to carefully match these students to their hosts, especially junior students, whom we place with families with similar aged children with similar interests. Like group students, they need 3 meals a day and their own room. There should not be any foreign students staying in the house at the same time as a full immersion student. Acting as a full-immersion host is more demanding than having groups students and our rates reflect this.
School year/term students
We also organise for students to attend secondary schools and 6th-form colleges. For these long-stay students we need a small number of hosts in various locations in Hampshire, Dorset and surrounding counties. Exact locations depend on whatever partner schools we are working with at any given point in time. Students are out all day at school but need especially attentive and caring hosts as they go through this intensive, potentially very rewarding, but also demanding experience.
So would you like to register?
Please click here, and once we have received your registration form we will be in touch. You are not making any sort of commitment to host by registering, and you can let us know any time if you decide against.
We visit all our hosts prior to placing students with them. Once we have accepted you as a host, we will contact you from time to time – usually by email or text – with details of students we need to place. There is never any obligation to accept students, but once you have accepted a booking we ask you please to honour that commitment, unless you have a major problem that makes hosting impossible.
We look forward to having you host for us!