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Become a Host Family
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Over the last twenty years, Pembrokeshire College has welcomed many international students from all over the world. Thanks to the accommodation offered by Homestay families, the College has been able to offer its international students the unique opportunity to learn about everyday Pembrokeshire family life, enabling them to improve their understanding of the English language and local culture.
Participating in the Homestay Programme also offers you the opportunity to build relationships, which can often last a lifetime and get a deeper understanding of cultures and customs from other countries. The Homestay programme adds a rewarding dimension to family life that will create lasting memories for all.
Homestay fees are reviewed annually, taking into consideration rates of inflation; fees are currently at £112.00 per week, which is non-taxable.
Former Policewoman Helen Coles has been hosting international students for over seven years and understands the benefits of hosting, as well as the responsibility of the role, “In order to host successfully you really need to integrate the student into your own family routine; the faster the student feels part of your home the faster he or she will settle.” Helen is currently hosting a gifted A-level student from Jordan called Mohannad Romman. “Helen treats me like her own son and has made me feel very comfortable. Helen’s son and I get on so well that we will definitely stay in touch after my studies. My dad also studied in the UK and lived with a host family, he said that it was much more fun than dormitories and he was right!”
“If you have an appetite to embrace diversity and to learn, then I would recommend hosting; it is not often that Pembrokeshire people are given such an intimate insight into other cultures and get paid.” said Helen.
If you are interested in becoming a host family please contact Sara Hannon or Beth Griffiths – 01437 753 113
Shen Ziyi (Eva) from China recently visited her former host family Steve and Sue Roberts from Freystrop, Haverfordwest, “ I enjoyed very much my host family experience and would recommend it other international students,” said Eva.