Become a Guardian/Host Family

Become a Guardian/Host Family

What kind of Guardian or Host families does Gabbitas Education look for?

At Gabbitas Education we look for caring families who like the idea of supporting an overseas student during their time here at school in the UK. Families will need to be homeowners and students will need a room with some space for clothing and a desk for studying.

We have families of all ages – from young couples without children, right the way to retired couples with grown up children. We do not discriminate – there is no “right” family in regard to age, race, family makeup etc. We want the right families who will care for our student and help them become a part of their family.

What is the difference between a Guardian family and a Hosting family?

Guardianship is for students attending a boarding school and therefore only needing to stay with a family a few times per term. Hosting is for those students (aged over 16) attending a day school and therefore require a family to live with permanently.

What role and tasks are families required to carry out?

It often depends on what parents request; some would like their Guardian family to attend parents meetings, any major school events etc. Other parents purely just want a nice family for their child to go to. We would always discuss parents’ expectations with our families to ensure that they were able and willing to meet these requests.

Where do your international students come from?

We have students from all over the world but brief overview of some of the areas would be: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Korea, Middle East, Europe and UK.

How old are the students who need Guardianship and Host families?

Our Guardianship student ages range from as young as 6 to as old as 19. The older students can often be a year ahead in age in comparison to their UK counterparts due to the timings of academic years in their own countries and their entry levels into UK schools. The hosting students are always over 16 and only attend for their two year A level course.

What will families gain from providing Guardianship and Hosting?

Our families come on board for different reasons; some love the opportunity for their young children to learn about other cultures, some have a history with overseas students and independent schools and some just like to have the experience. We have families who have attended their ex-students university graduation, some who have visited them in their home country and some have even attended weddings of their old students!

During which times of the year are families needed?

For Guardianship it is usually only for half terms and any exeat weekends (some schools have two of these per term, usually Friday afternoon to  Sunday afternoon). There may be the odd occasion when, due to flight availability, they may need to stay for a night at the end of term and a night at the start of term too.

For Hosting, this is a daily commitment during term time. The student will return to the family home every evening after school and will stay for weekends and half terms. Most students who stay with Host families, however, travel home for the longer Easter, Summer & Christmas holidays.

What reimbursement can families expect to receive?

Guardian families can expect to receive around £600 per term, however this does vary depending on how often the student stays. Host families are likely to receive around £2,300 per term. Gabbitas Education, as a professional company, ensures that our financial processes are in keeping with the HMRC guidance.

What are the next steps?

Our team is always looking for new families to act as Guardian or Host Families.

We would ask that anyone who has even a little bit of interest should get in touch for an initial chat. We will be delighted to talk things through to ensure that the role is right for everyone involved. We then ask for an application form to be completed, after which we request two references and DBS checks (police register) for anyone in the home over 16.

Gabbitas Education, or a representative, will then come and visit you in your home so that a report can be written to send to overseas parents; we try to provide something that almost makes them feel that they visited you themselves.

If you are interested in becoming a Gabbitas Education Guardian/Host Family, please download and complete our Application Form or complete the Contact Us form found within this page. Please also watch our video below for more insight into what the role means and read our interview on Q&A with Bristol Mum.

How can I contact Gabbitas Education?

To speak to a friendly and experienced Gabbitas Education consultant about how we can help, please complete the Contact Us form within this page or:

Phone:+44 (0) 20 7734 0161‬‬

Video: Looking After International Students in the UK

What Our Clients Say

Case Study: Guardianship/Host Family Karen and Dave share their experiences

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Karen and Dave have been a Gabbitas Education family for over 15 years and during their time with us have had students staying with them from a range of countries, some as emergency overnight or weekend accommodation and others on a regular basis for five years. Read more about Karen & Dave’s experiences.