Donnybrook Homestays

"Family Homestay Accommodation Specialist for London and UK "

Junior Language Stay students
(Groups of under 18's visiting the UK for 1-4 weeks, with tuition)

Requirements and Guidelines for our host families hosting Junior Language Stay students.

General Introduction
1. Our students are here to learn and practise English. Families should therefore have English as their main spoken language. Students of the same nationality will normally be accommodated 2/3 students in the same family, unless requested otherwise.

2. We would like our students and they are expecting to live as temporary members of the family. Except in special circumstances, previously agreed with us, no more than three students can be placed in one room. There must be no other foreign students, of the same mother tongue as our student, from any other school or organisation, in the family at the same time. They must always be of a different “mother tongue”.

3. It is important that you are friendly and make the students feel 'at home'. Please try to include the students as much as possible in normal family life. It is important to eat with your students whenever possible. If they want to eat at different times to you, please spend time with them talking about their “day” whilst they are eating. They should be encouraged to spend time in the evenings downstairs with the family watching T.V. etc. when they are at home. Some evenings activities are arranged for them so they will have dinner and dash out so please make sure you and they know when to be back.

4. Houses should generally be clean and tidy and in a good state of repair and decoration throughout. It is extremely important that your house is “safe”. Please do safety checks regularly. If any student has an accident in your house you could be held responsible if you were found negligent in safety issues. A smoke alarm is essential - an extra one located in students’ bedrooms also stops secret smoking. Please advise us if you are doing any major redecorating or building work, whilst accommodating our students, which may affect their stay.

5. Students are required to be punctual in attending lessons so houses should not be more than 30 minutes travelling distance from the school.

6. Families are sometimes expected to pick their students up from a central meeting point and as they have often been travelling for a long time it is usually a good idea if a meal or snack has been prepared for them according to their time of arrival. Always offer a drink please.

7. We do not ask families to provide all students with a front door key but if you feel comfortable about this with your students it may make life easier for you. We suggest a £5 deposit for a key returnable on its return.

8. Students make their own way to the school each morning, however on the first day we would be grateful if families could give them clear instructions how to get either to a Central Meeting Point or to the school. Students should arrive at school by 9.15am on the first day of the course. It is important that you know the exact location of our school in Greenwich. The address is :

        259 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8NB (next to main post office)

9. We would be grateful if you could supervise a reverse charge call for those students who would like to let their family know that they have arrived safely if necessary. This is done by ringing the international operator 155 (no charge) and asking for a 'collect' or 'reverse' charge call. In general students are advised NEVER to use the family's telephone without first asking permission and that all calls must be paid for. Please insist on being paid immediately. The Greenwich School of English cannot be held responsible for any telephone charges. Many families have now taken out “call barring” with their telephone operator. This secures your line in your absence and we suggest you investigate this.

10. If the student breaks or damages anything, please inform Donnybrook/the school before they depart. We are unable to help you with reimbursement of this if your student has already left.

11. In the event of a non-arrival we will try to place another student with you for the same period as soon as possible.

12. If you have any problems with a student, which you are unable to resolve, please contact us as soon as possible. We will try to assist you and your student to resolve the situation. However if you are then not happy to keep them or when we cannot persuade the student to stay, we reserve the right to remove a student immediately and accommodation will be paid for on a nightly basis. If payment has already been received by you, we will require that the overpayment is refunded to us.

13. In case of illness please contact your family doctor if possible or take your student to the chemist or hospital casualty and inform the school immediately if your student cannot come to school to report their absence.

14. Students should occasionally be free to admit their friends at reasonable times if previously arranged with the host-family.

15. When you receive confirmation of your student(s) you will also receive details about whether they are allowed out in the evenings and until what time.. Please read this carefully and do not let your students out later than advised. You will have details of the leaders telephone number so please use this contact if you have any problems with this. This will also be the emergency number should you need it. If students do not come home by the advised time please telephone to report this (and to cover yourself) .

16. Please ensure all students know how to use your bath/shower/toilet/hot water as the controls may be different to what they are used to.

17. Young students must not be left alone in the house without supervision by you or another responsible person (aged 16+). Please make sure they know anyone else who is in charge (if not yourself)

18. No excessive drinking of alcohol by host parents whilst hosting students (or drinking of alcohol by students themselves). Also no drugs must be brought into the house by any family member or student.

19. Group leaders are responsible throughout the stay providing families keep to the guidelines. If you do NOT keep to the guidelines and anything happens to you students you could be held responsible.

20. Non smoking families but even those who do allow smoking should make sure students understand your house rules about this and know where they can go to smoke (eg in the garden)

1. Students should each have a single bed. The room should be of an acceptable size.
We do suggest you waterproof your beds to prevent accidents. Also an extra blanket would be appreciated as some students feel the cold, especially those from hot climates.

2. There should be a good natural light as well as adequate electric lighting.

3. There must be hanging space for clothes and storage space for personal items. If possible a drawer/cupboard should be lockable. Please advise your student where to keep their valuables.

4. Other basic furniture should include: a mirror, a small table for study, a chair, a bedside lamp and a waste paper bin. If there is not possible for a table in the room students should have somewhere quiet downstairs where they can do homework.

5. The bedroom should have adequate heating included in the basic price.

6. Bed linen should normally be changed once a week. Some students don’t bring towels so please provide one if necessary.

7. Light washing should be done at no extra charge for juniors if requested

1. Students must have reasonable use of hot water (once daily use of bath/shower) at no extra cost. Most students prefer a shower so we recommend that you have either an electric power shower or a plumbed in shower over your bath. An additional shower cubicle for those families with space would be a real asset especially for those who have a growing family and regularly accommodate students. Investing in a shower of any description will make life much easier for everybody in the house as it is much quicker and more economical on the hot water.

2. Please ensure female students know how to dispose of sanitary items hygienically.

3. A separate toilet is also fast becoming “a must”. If you have any spare space we thoroughly recommend an extra “loo”.

1. A substantial breakfast should be provided for the student every day, unless he/she requests otherwise. We suggest cereal, toast with butter/jam and a hot drink. Some students may like to try an English breakfast at the weekend if this is usual for your family.

2. Students should have one main meal per day, usually a hot one in the evening. This should consist of a main course and a desert. Students receiving full-board should also be provided with a reasonable and varied packed lunch. This should be 2 rounds of sandwiches (4 slices of bread or 2 rolls), filled with cheese, egg, cold meat etc, a packet of crisps or a slice of cake or biscuit (e.g. club or penguin), a fruit and a drink. The drink can be squash in a small refillable bottle. It does not need to be a can or carton unless you prefer this. (3 food items + a drink)

3. If a student gives reasonable notice of missing a main meal, then a cold snack or sandwiches should be provided if requested.

Communicate, be cheerful and welcoming! Students generally respond in a likewise manner. Remember many are nervous in a stranger’s home, particularly if it is the first time away from home on their own.