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STUDENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Choose your language from English, Italian, Spanish and French.
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The type of course you choose, General, Academic, Business or Exams depends on your reason for wanting to learn or improve the language you have chosen.   
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Then decide how intensive you would like the course to be. You can choose from 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours per week?
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How long a course you decide depends on how much time you have available and the type of course you choose. People usually choose from 2 weeks but for students preparing to attend a boarding school or university a longer course of even 30 weeks may be required.  We do also run very short and intensive crash courses for people with very little time which last just for 5 days.
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY TEACHER?
First of all you need to decide what your top priority is. This could be:
COUNTRY:    You can choose from the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece,   Cyprus.
LOCATION: Choices include CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE, RURAL.
TEACHER:  The specialised experience or qualifications that a particular teacher holds.
TEACHER:  For the Creative or Active Option that a teacher may be offering.
TEACHER:  For the facilities that the Teacher’s home offers such as swimming pool or gym.
Once you have decided on all your options then you can fill in a pre booking form online. Once we receive this we can check the availability of the teacher and let you know whether the teacher you have selected in free for bookings for the dates you have selected.
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Once you have decided on the following:
The language of your choice; English, Italian, Spanish or French
Type of course; General, Business, Academic, Exam or Technical
How intensive; 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours per week
How long; crash course of 5 days, 1, 2, 3, 4 weeks or more
2.
Then you are ready to fill in our pre-booking form where you will  give us your details and the type of course  you want.

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On receipt of your pre booking form we will match you with a selection of teachers most suited to your requirements. We will send you the teachers’ profile via email. You have a look at them and once you have decided on your teacher let us know so that we can provisionally book the teacher.

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Now that you have selected your teacher you need to make your payment to confirm your course so that your selected teacher will be booked for the period you have requested.  You can either pay online using our pay pal system or you can pay by bank wire if you prefer.

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At any stage in the process you are more than welcome to email us with any queries or concerns you many have.
HOW DO I GET TO MY TEACHERS HOME?
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You need to arrange your own transport to get to the nearest airport or nearest train station to your teacher’s home.
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If you are travelling by plane most of our teachers are able to collect you from the airport and take you directly to their home. There will be an additional charge for airport transfers and it will depend on how far the airport is from the teacher’s home. If the teacher does not do airport transfers then we will arrange for a trusted and reputable taxi firm to pick you or your child from the airport.
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If you make your own way to the local train station or bus stop there will be no extra charge for a pick up by the teacher.
HOW WILL THE TEACHER OR TAXI DRIVER RECOGNISE ME?
The teacher or the taxi driver will have received a photo of you  so they should be able to recognise you.
You will know who they are as you will have  already received a photo of the teacher and both the teacher or the taxi driver will be holding up a sign with the European Homestay  name and logo and your name.     
WHAT DO I DO IF I AM UNHAPPY IN MY TEACHERS HOME?
All our teachers are very approachable and very much want your stay to be as pleasurable as possible so if you have any concerns or requests your teacher will be only too pleased to help you within reason of course.
If you feel that the problem is with your teacher or you have difficulty approaching your teacher then please feel free to get in touch with us either by phoning us on  the telephone number we will give you for emergencies from your teachers home or sending us an email to info@europeanhomestay.com  and we will get back to you immediately to help resolve the problem.
You will be living in your teacher’s home where you will have your lessons and all you meals.  
If you have already chosen your teacher then you need to choose from  the Creative or Active Options that your selected teacher offers. Otherwise we can see if there is another teacher available that can do the Creative or Active Option you wish to do.
To book these options select the bundle you require on your pre booking form. Options are available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 hour bundles as a supplement to your homestay course.
WHO TEACHES ME MY CREATIVE OR ACTIVE OPTIONS?
The Options will be taught either by your teacher or his/her partner or a family friend who is specialised in the option chosen. It will be taught in the language that you are learning.            
This will be organised by yourself and your teacher. It will most probably be in the afternoon or evening as you will be having lessons in the morning.
This will be in addition to the social outings organised for you by the teacher.  
CAN I DO AN ENGLISH HOMESTAY IN A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE UK?
Absolutely you can. European Homestay run courses in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and Switzerland.                  
WHO WILL PROVIDE MY MATERIALS?
You will be provided with a student book and workbook or if your teacher has a lot of other materials that they wish to use with you then you will be given another book such as a grammar reference book if you prefer instead.
This will depend on the location and the weather at the time of your homestay. If you require any advice prior to leaving home you can always liaise with your teacher beforehand either by email or telephone or we can find out for you. If you have chosen a creative or active option that requires materials or objects that you may have such as a guitar then it will be a good idea to liaise with the teacher to see whether you need to bring them along or use the teacher’s.       
WILL THERE BE LAUNDRY FACILITIES?
All our teachers have laundry facilities so you can pack lighter if you wish.  
WHAT CAN I DO IN MY FREE TIME?
You decide what you would like to do in your free time. You can either relax in your teacher’s home listening to music, watching television or films in the language you are studying, doing your homework or you can choose to go out visiting the area or going further afield to visit nearby cities and other places of interest.
Your teacher can advise you as to where to go. If you are a young learner under the age of 16 then you will be accompanied wherever you go.        
HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO TRAVEL IN MY FREE TIME?
If your location is a city, town or village then there will be local transport. If the nearest train or bus is far away from the house like in a rural location then your teacher will be available to drop you off and pick you up when you get back.
All you have to do is discuss this with your teacher and he/she will be only too happy to help you.    
You will have your lessons in the morning with your teacher.         
You will have all your meals with your teacher in his/her home unless your teacher takes you on an outing where you eat outside the home.
All meals are included in your homestay.
WILL I SPEND MY FREE TIME WITH MY TEACHER?
Your teacher will take you out on two afternoons or two evenings and one day at the weekend. On the other days unless you have chosen to do Creative or Active Options your time is free to spend as you wish.
You can relax in your teacher’s home and your teacher and family will be avaialble to converse with or if your teacher is going out on an errand then you might like to join him/her.         
WHAT WILL MEALS WILL I BE HAVING IN MY TEACHERS HOME?
If you are on a special diet  or any likes and dislikes then you need to tell us on your pre booking form.
You can also tell your teacher if you have any special requests with regard to food.   
WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE FOOD REQUESTS?
Please do and your teacher will do his/her best to oblige.          
Yes of course. Speak to your teacher and tell him/her what your interests are.        
WHO WILL PAY FOR OUTING EXPENSES.
If you are a young learner then outing expenses will be paid for by the teacher. Adults will need to pay for entrance fees to galleries and museums  and train tickets to get to destinations.         
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY OUTSIDE OF MY TEACHERS HOME DURING MY FREE TIME?
Your teacher will discuss this with you prior to you going out on your own. He/She will give you the telephone numbers to call and if you have any problems please contact us.   
Your teacher ‘s household contents will be insured however you are expected to take care of  your teacher’s property as well asyour own.       
Yes as long as you  select a teacher who either has a spare room or a double or twin room. However with very young children child care needs to be put in place as you will need to be undisturbed while you are having your lessons.       

WILL THE ACCOMPANYING ADULT OR CHILD ACCOMPANY THE HOMESTAY STUDENT ON OUTINGS WITH THE TEACHER?

Yes as long as the outing is suitable for the child otherwise child care will have to be organised at a cost.    

CAN AN ADULT ACCOMPANY A YOUNG LEARNER ON A HOMESTAY COURSE?
Yes as long as you  select a teacher who either has a spare room or a double or twin room.       
CAN AN ADULT ACCOMPANY ANOTHER ADULT STUDENT ON A HOMESTAY COURSE WITHOUT HAVING LESSONS.
Yes as long as the teacher selected has a spare room or a double or twin room.           
WHAT WILL THE ACCOMPANYING ADULT DO WHILE THE STUDENT IS HAVING LESSONS?
The adult will be free to stay in the home or to go out and explore the location surroundings.       
If you have any further questions check out our MORE QUESTIONS PAGE.
If your question has not been answered
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The child can be given an activity to do in the home but if the child is very young then child care will have to be provided.