ABC Languages Homestay posted on 1 June 2011
We all know that Cambridge is one of the most popular and well-respected centres of English language training in the country. Students come here because of the city’s international reputation and the excellence of its schools, but for most students, what happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside. Having the right place to live is vital to the student’s happiness and well-being, and no-one can learn if they are unhappy and stressed.
At ABC Languages, we believe that being welcomed into a family is probably the best way of ensuring a happy and productive stay in Cambridge.
Just as there are all kinds of students, all kinds of people become hosts: young families with children, single people, retired couples – and from all walks of life. It’s very important, for both parties, that there’s a good match between host and student – if you’ve just got your home back now the kids have gone to Uni, you may not want an influx of someone else’s noisy teenagers!
Although we often think of language students as young and here for a good time, in fact very many older professional people come to Cambridge to improve their English and to enjoy all our beautiful city has to offer. When you’re older, taking time out from your career to go back to school can be very daunting – getting to grips with your place in the classroom is hard enough, and you certainly won’t want to spend your evenings on your own in a hotel, or trying to fit in with the young ones in a student hostel. This is why, at ABC, we always recommend homestay to our mature students: it is the perfect complement to our classroom teaching and offers a real ‘home-from-home’ where students can feel part of a family and genuinely experience life in Britain from the inside.
If you have a spare room, hosting a visiting professional could be a good way to earn some extra income while getting to know some very interesting people. They’ll be looking for a good standard of accommodation, usually with a private bathroom, and an evening meal, but they’ll amply repay your efforts both financially and with good conversation – and you may find you’ve made a friend for life. If you live within the city boundaries and would like to know more about hosting students, call us on 01223 302121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.