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Becoming a Host Family is rewarding and enjoyable

Pippa’s Guardians provides Guardianship services to international students studying at boarding schools across the country. They find supportive and caring families who can offer a welcoming home for students during their school holidays.

Marina and Stewart Fung live in Essex and have been a host family for 3 years “We initially saw a flyer for Pippa’s Guardians on a local noticeboard, I decided to get in touch since we have a spare room and have both always been keen travellers and love experiencing other cultures.  We relish any opportunity to meet people from other countries as we feel that this exchange enhances everyone’s life, the chance to earn some money in doing so was also appealing.  We have young children who have also benefited from the experience, they also really enjoyed playing football with an older child and taught each other some English/Chinese too!”

Ben Hughes, Managing Director for Pippa’s Guardians explained “The families we look for are welcoming and are interested in other cultures. Having children of similar ages helps but isn’t the most important thing as we have many successful host families who have no children, younger children or indeed older children who have left home. Internet access is very important, and each student will need their own bedroom with a desk or somewhere quiet for homework. Being part of a family and experiencing day-to-day family life enhances students’ study and plays a part in improving their English language.”

Becoming a host family can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the family too; providing the opportunity to really make a difference to a student whilst they are studying here in the UK, in many cases a very long way from home.

If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact hostfamilies@pippasguardians.co.uk