Important information
for students

Staying in a host family

Please give your mobile number to your host family on arrival and put their number into your phone.
You will usually share a twin bedroom with a student of the same gender and roughly the same age as you unless you have specifically requested a single room (depending on availability). You will usually have a bathroom that is shared with the family.


You are a member of the family for the duration of your visit but please respect the privacy of the family members and don’t go into their bedrooms.


Only use the host family’s phone with their permission and make sure you can pay for any calls you make. Ensure that you respect rules on bedtime as well as being considerate about noise levels.
Meal times may vary from time to time but be aware that generally speaking, dinner time is much earlier in the UK. This is one of many cultural differences you will notice during your stay. Embrace the differences!


We are very selective about our hosts and we think that they are great and you should have a brilliant time with them. Try to find out how the family lives and tell them about your life back home. Remember if there is a problem, let your representative know via the number: 07730036993.
Remember to be careful not to damage anything. If you break something, offer to pay for it.

Be brave and get stuck in. Tips for improving your English:

  • Speak English whenever you can and immerse yourself in the culture including film, music and current affairs.
  • Your stay is not just about improving your English but also about learning what makes the British tick. Learn new phrases, idioms and proverbs from mixing with native English speakers.
  • Get to know other students. Why not arrange to meet up after school or at the weekend?
  • Join in all classroom activities
  • Be open-minded and prepared to try activities you may not have done before
  • Tell your form tutor or host family if you have any problems
  • Get to know your homestay family and join in with them
  • Work hard and enjoy yourself!
  • Don't forget to complete your homework! Work outside the classroom will make you even more confident in the classroom. Make a note of homework and be sure to do it.
  • Take up the extra-curricular activities on offer- there is a great selection.
  • We also offer a wide range of experiences within Cornwall, both cultural and sporting. Why not try something new?!

Important rules during your stay

Love Languages wants you to have a great stay, a major part of this is staying safe and being aware of the law in the UK. Please read the information below carefully. If you are unsure of anything, please either ask your host family to explain or ask the representative when you arrive.

  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to drink alcohol in the UK
  • It is also illegal for under 18’s to buy cigarettes. 
  • The use of any drug is strictly prohibited.
  • Damage to school, host family property or fire equipment will not be tolerated. Students who cause damage will have to pay for it. The individual will be charged for any damage to accommodation or school property.
  • Students are not allowed to enter certain areas – within school offices and staffroom are strictly out of bounds and at home restricted areas will be explained by host families.
  • Under no circumstances are students allowed to leave the supervision of the responsible adult without permission and should not leave their host family accommodation at night. Curfew hours (maximum 10pm) must be respected.
  • Students must keep their bedroom in a good state of cleanliness.
  • Students must not take photos / videos of either students, members of staff or hosts without first asking permission.
  • In England, it is illegal to have sex with anyone under the age of 16.
  • Please show respect for all other people you meet, children or adults from whatever background.
  • Manners – always say please and thank you. Students must remember to be courteous and show good manners.
  • Please respect fellow students, staff, members of the public and host families.
  • Students are reminded to try to speak English at all times, both at school and with their host families. The will allow you to make the most progress possible in your time with us. 
  • Students are expected to report any bullying to teachers, their host families and via the contact number: 07730036993.
  • Students are expected to try and integrate with all students of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds that are within the school.
  • All students are expected to follow the house and school rules which are given to them on arrival.
  • Curfews (when you must get back to your accommodation in the evening) – Please note that all students MUST adhere to their individual curfew times as confirmed on arrival. As a guide, all students must be in by 10pm at the LATEST and all students must be in bed by 11pm.
  • Although Cornwall is a largely safe area, when travelling and walking either from school or host family residences, students must be aware of their surroundings. Always travel in pairs wherever possible. Please always exercise caution and never put yourself in a vulnerable position.
  • When crossing the roads be extra vigilant and remember that in the UK traffic drives on the left hand side of the road so you must always look right then left.

Curtailment of visit due to poor behaviour or attendance

Please be aware that if students continue to break these rules, they will be required to return home at their parents’ expense – no refunds will be given. This includes the cost of new travel arrangements.
If you break the rules and damage occurs you will be responsible for this damage.

 

A student may be asked to leave the host family and host school, if for any reason whatsoever:

  • He or she has broken the laws of the country.
  • Put him or herself or others in danger.
  • His/her anti-social or bullying behaviour threatens the well-being of other students, the staff of the school or members of the public.
  • Persistently disobeyed the rules of the school and/ or the host family.
  • Bullying/abusive behaviour is taken very seriously and will not be tolerated in any circumstance. It is the deliberate and or repeated action of making another person unhappy or threatening them physically and mentally which may result in students being sent home.

We need to know about any medication you are taking as well as any important medical details.
Tell us about your travel plans so we can meet you and take you to your host family.

What to bring with you

  • Black skirt or trousers
  • Black leather shoes
  • White shirt or blouse with a collar
  • School bag
  • Suitable clothing —t shirts, jumpers, jeans, pyjamas, raincoat
  • Appropriate footwear—for sports activities, walking and excursions
  • Swimwear
  • Toiletries
  • Pens, pencils and a dictionary
  • 2 pin to 3 pin adaptor for electrical items

What not to bring

Anything of high value;

  • Expensive watches
  • Games consoles
  • Laptops
  • Jewellery
  • Large amounts of cash

Useful contact information

UK EMERGENCY NUMBER: 999 (Fire, Police, Ambulance and Coast Guard)

You Love Languages emergency contact number: 07730036993
International operator: 155

 

Access codes to dial out of the UK:
France +33
Spain +34
Italy +39
Germany +49
Russia +7
China +86


Host family contact details will be given to you before arrival. Please keep this with you at all times.