Le Lay Language Consulting
Homestay in a family in London
1. Staying with an English speaking family
2. Accommodation fees
3. Becoming a host family
All our families are highly friendly and really looking forward to receiving foreign students. All our families have been recommended and are always screened very carefully. They are welcoming and open minded people.
The families are located around the King's Road (SW10), Kensington, Battersea Park, Earl's Court (SW5), Ealing (North, South, Common), Sheppard's Bush, Putney Bridge, Fulham road and surroundings, Clapham Junction, etc. Those areas are sometimes lively but ALWAYS safe.
Some of our families are close to the language school, others are reachable by a direct bus or tube (20 to 45 minutes). Changes of bus or tube may be required.
On the day of arrival, all the participants will be accompanied to their host family if you have taken the transfer service:
either taken there by public transportation by a professional member of staff
or picked up by the family at the language school or at a given tube station,
or accompanied by their own teacher if in the same area.
They will also be explained or shown how to get back from their host family to the language school or the place of the English workshop down town. Every participant will receive a personalised dossier with all the relevant information: detailed journey between family and classes or activities with maps, familyís and any useful addresses / phone numbers, our emergency mobile phone number, an orange SIM card if need be, a detailed programme, etc.
As our families do reflect the multicultural city of London due to the Commonwealth, the students must be prepared to face different cultures with respect, curiosity and enthusiasm. This represents for them an astonishing and unique opportunity to discover other people, traditions and religions from the inside of a family life! This is the most valuable part of our programme and we are particularly proud of it, but the success will depend in part on the studentís attitude of respect, politeness and openness.
We want the students to be as responsible as possible and really being involved in the whole process. They are expected to show good will in their host family and take part into the family life: it is not a hotel. They should ask how they could help (to set the table or remove the dishes at the end of the meals as a minimum). For the breakfasts, as most of the families have to rush away between 8.00 and 8.30 am with young children sometimes, the students should help themselves if need be and should not wait to be served fully. They are expected to keep their room tidy. They should behave with respect at all times, like another member of the family.
Once the cultural programme is over, each student must go back to his/her family directly, by the shortest way. In case of getting lost, they should call the emergency mobile number provided with no delay as this excuse will not be accepted otherwise. They should be back by 5.00 to 5.30 pm at the latest because the evening meal is at that time in the U.K. They will have to adapt themselves to the timing and habits of the family. The students under 18 years old will not be allowed to go out of the family except for the English classes, our workshops or the cultural programme or any outing with the family itself. Failure to do so will be reported shortly to our organization, to their own teachers and to the parents if need be.