Become a Homestay Provider
We are always looking to expand our fantastic team of homestay providers. 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 Homestay Provider 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.
Many of our homestay providers have forged lifelong friendships with their students. Sharing our culture with guests from around 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.
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 we accept students from 11 years old (or as young as 6 if they come with their parents), 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.
How to apply
You will find our Homestay Application Form below and once you have returned this to us, 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 Homestay Provider.
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.