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Becoming a Host Family is

Becoming a host with Medway Homestay is a rewarding experience for all the family, as well as earning up to £7500.00 Tax-Free income, allowing you to achieve those extra family goals in life like holidays, improving your home and maybe even a new family car.

We select our Host Families very carefully both for the facilities you have to offer and especially your ability to give the warmth and welcome of the ‘home from home’ experience.  We encourage you to treat your students as a full member of the family, eating together and sharing family time and activities. We do not want the students packed off to their rooms with no interaction.   

We ask our families to encourage students to speak English as much as possible during their stay with you helping to support their learning and understanding of the English customs and way of life.  On occasions, your students ability to speak English may be at a lower level, we find that using an App or Google Translate will help during their stay with you.

What Is a Homestay?

Homestay is a living arrangement where families open their homes and hearts to overseas guests.

Not only does this provide a great opportunity for social interaction across cultures but is a cost-effective form of accommodation and a less daunting experience for young adults visiting a strange country for the first time.

Who can Host?

Anyone can host as long as :

  • You enjoy meeting new people
  • Can provide a warm welcome to our international guests
  • You would be happy to treat your guest as part of your family
  • Would welcome some extra company
  • You are prepared to have a DBS check

What will your Guests Need?

  • A warm friendly home environment
  • A spare room, clean private and decorated to a high standard
  • Students can share – up to 4 to a household
  • Transportation to and from our meeting points
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal shared with the family

Do you have any more questions about becoming a host family?

Check out our FAQs

Why not take the next step to become a host family with us, contact a member of the Medway Homestay Team today.


Simply drop us an email to start your hosting journey



Medway Homestay will visit your home to discuss how our student programmes work, and tell you all there is to know about becoming a successful host


Following our checks and if we are both happy to continiue, you will receive details about your students, their programme and upon departure will receive a tax-free income

Read Some of Our Host Families Experiences

Jackie and Alan Walker 
This is our 3rd year of hosting for Lisa. We have met both teachers and students from many different countries. We mainly host teachers and enjoyed entertaining and the chats over dinner. We have made many good friends and looked forward to seeing them on their return visits. We have also been invited to visit some of our guests in their homes, which has been amazing.

On a side note the two Lisas really do work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

Anise Adams 
Living on my own means I get to enjoy the company of young people, something I miss now my daughter has moved out. It keeps me young and keeps me active. The extra income helps me visit my daughter who lives abroad. Hopefully the young students enjoy my crazy singing in the car!

Gurbaksh and Mike Kaur 
Hosting has given us an opportunity to meet young people from Europe and learning about their cultures. We always have so many laughs. Very rewarding in many ways. Still keeping in contact with some that came to us over a year ago and getting updates on their educational progress is so special. Anyone not sure about hosting should give it a go!

Tracy and Craig Simmons 
Hosting for us has made some wonderful memories. We have met students from France, Germany and Czech Republic and still keep in touch with some of them.  Friendly fun and not to mention the lovely presents and thank you letters we’ve received. Rewarding and of course the money we receive each week has really helped me out and come in handy towards extra holidays and those little extras in life! I couldn’t recommend it more highly!

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