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!
Update March 2022 - Help for Ukraine!
You may be planning to offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugees - in which case we hope the experience will be great for all concerned. But if you are not registering for this scheme for whatever reason, you can still help Ukraine by signing up as a host for English Naturally! For each host that signs up from 1st April and agrees to take at least one student, we will contribute £10 to DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 around £7500 - please check latest threshold on the HMRC website) 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 different types of students, as outlined below:
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 but you can take more if you have the space, depending on what sort of course they are on. 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 collect/drop off students and provide transport at other times?
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).
At other times, the following rules apply, depending on your location:
If you live within walking distance of the town centre, students should walk. Evening events do not finish very late
If you live on a bus/train route, students will be given a travel pass and should use this whenever possible. You will be asked to help with transport (we will help you organise car-sharing with hosts who live close to you, whenever this is an option) when services are not available - eg late evening, Sundays (some services)
If you live somewhere where public transport is not an option, we will ask you to ferry students at all times.
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.
Adult students studying at our school in central Winchester
Students from all over the world come to our school to study for anything from a few weeks to a whole year. Many like to stay with a host family. They require a room, ideally with a desk (or somewhere else in the house where they can study quietly, a simple breakfast and dinner - no lunch, as they can get this near the school.
School year/term students
We sometimes organise accommodation for students studying at secondary schools. They require a room and possibly some meals, depending on what the school provides.
As you know, the situation is in a constant state of flux!
There are 2 issues:
Are hosts/members of the household vaccinated?
We are not currently asking people to state on the registration form whether they and other members of the household are vaccinated. We may be asked by agents (who find students for us) and students who book direct what the situation is, and we will be grateful for your assistance with this. If you prefer not to say, that is your right, but the conclusion could be drawn that one or more adult members of the household are not vaccinated and this could affect willingness on the part of the student to commit. We aim to deal with this issue sensitively, while also aiming to allay any fears students may have.
Are students vaccinated?
Many of our students are youngsters and the policy on vaccinating young people varies from country to country. Again, we will try to collect information in a sensitive way. We understand that you may wish to decline bookings where the vaccination status is not clear.
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 inspect all of 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 now have two inspection methods:
1 - online. As long as you have sufficient tech to show us around and outside your house, this is a good, efficient option. We do not make any charge/deduction. Our Accommodation Officer will need to talk to you via video (zoom, whatsapp etc) so that you can get to know one another a little, and then we will need to see the outside of your house/flat and the room(s) you can potentially offer students along with the other rooms, including the bathroom(s) to which students would have access.
2 - in person. If you don't have the necessary tech or feel happier meeting one of our staff in person, we can organise an in-person visit. Because of the costs involved, we will make a deduction of £30 from your first booking. That means that if we do not offer you or you do not accept any students, the visit is free of charge.
Unlike airbnb or similar platforms, we do not take any commission from fees paid to you for hosting. What you see on our rates sheet is what you receive and, as mentioned above, it is tax-free (subject to limit)
We look forward to having you host for us!