Become a TIS Host Family
Become a TIS Host Family
Why not join our list of host families here in Torquay. To become one of our hosts you need to be prepared to devote time to your guests, feed them well and provide a clean, comfortable and welcoming environment. This can be a really rewarding experience for you and your family.
Being a TIS Host Family is an extremely rewarding experience – you will meet people from all over the world, learn about foreign cultures, traditions and languages and even develop life-long friendships. Although we use the word family this can include single mature adults and couples as well as families with children.
Many of our homestay providers have forged lifelong friendships with their students. Sharing our culture with guests from round the world is a way of enriching their stay here in Britain and learning more about their way of life too. Everyone benefits and as such you can think of yourselves as ambassadors for the UK.
You should be able to provide a single bedroom with or without private bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily plus lunch at weekends. You need to live within 35 minutes on foot from the school and be close to a regular bus route.
You will find our Homestay Application Form here and once you have returned this to us, if we find everything satisfactory then we will contact you and one of our staff will come and visit you for your first inspection. Once you have joined our list we still start to send bookings through to you.
At the end of their stay each student completes a feedback form on the school, life in Torquay and their experiences in their homestay. As well as regular inspections, this is our way of monitoring our host families and supporting you as a TIS Host Family.
You will be supported by our staff and we provide you with an on-line Homestay Handbook (also available in print) to help you get going.
Meet our Accommodation and Welfare Manager
I am in charge of recruiting and regularly meeting with all of our homestays, as well as placing our students with homestays. I always try to match the student with the host as best I can, based on any special requests the student makes, their hobbies, their age, and many other factors.
For any questions about hosting students, you can write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 295576.
Here at TIS we have been teaching English since 1972. Since our doors opened, thousands of students aged from 16 to 87 from over 45 different countries have studied here. Many of them remain close friends with us and their host families and any have returned time after time and have recommended us to their friends, families and colleagues. We happily boast having had students from 3 generations of several families now.
During their stay here our students choose to stay in a
Homestay, hotel or apartment but staying in a host family is by far the most popular option because it provides the opportunity of living our way of our life by living with a British family.
About Our Students
Students come to us from all over the world, from as far afield as Korea, Brazil and Japan. We also receive lots of European students, from countries like Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland and Sweden. Most book individually, either through one of our reliable agents, a company, or directly with us. They have often been recommended to TIS by a friend. Occasionally however, we have groups of students of the same nationality.
Although 16 is our minimum accepted age, many students are mature adults who need to learn English for their profession or simply for pleasure and travel. Other students are serious examination candidates who will take Cambridge exams after their course. Some stay for several weeks or months in order to prepare for further or higher education. We may even have clients that are past retirement age and want to learn English 'just for fun'. More than 50% of our students are aged over 30 and around 25% are over 50.
Single bedroom and a shared bathroom.
Single bedroom and a private bathroom.
Contact us to find out more about homestay rates.
Please note: we never place our students in shared bedrooms unless they request to share with a friend or partner. 90% of our students want single room accommodation
The Homestay Selection Process
A Homestay Host has an important role to play in ensuring either the success or failure of a student enjoying their visit to Britain. The welcome the student receives on entering your home is a vital element of their language learning experience.
Torquay International School is accredited by the British Council, which means we uphold very high standards throughout the school, including our accommodation. To maintain this accreditation we must pass a rigorous inspection every 4 years, based on the criteria of excellence of the British Council.
It is with these criteria in mind that the Accommodation and Welfare Manager will recruit a new homestay host:
1. A welcoming and caring environment
2. A high standard of decoration, cleanliness and repair
3. Adequate heating and lighting
4. A sufficiently spacious bedroom, adequately equipped with natural light and ventilation
5. A desk or table for private study, with sufficient hanging & drawer space in the bedroom
6. Adequate bathroom facilities including a shower
7. A car for meeting the student on arrival or dropping the student off, especially on their first morning in school
8. A computer with email is useful for receiving bookings and other information but not essential.
9. Your gas appliances, including your boiler, oven, hob and gas fires should be serviced on an annual basis by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Under Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 you must be in possession of a current Gas Safety Certificate.
Homestay payments are made by Caroline and her email address is Caroline@tisenglish.co.uk.
Payments to host families are generally made weekly in arrears. They are made electronically – i.e. bank-to-bank. The money will simply go from our account into yours. This system of payment is known as BACS and you will receive advance notice of your payment by post or email.