Doris lives in a very comfortable three bedroom bungalow on a quiet street. She is retired. She enjoys reading, cooking, cake decorating, gardening and spending time with her family. She has two grown up daughters and 5 grandchildren who like to visit at the weekends.
Many students have enjoyed staying with Doris, here is some of their feedback:
'What I liked most was the warm welcome when I arrived. I always felt comfortable like at home thanks to the kindness of my host family. I enjoyed our long conversations about many different subjects. It was perfect!' Nicole, France
'There are no words to describe how friendly, kind and lovely my host mother was. It's easy to understand why she's so popular among the students. The room is very comfortable and I really felt I was at home... probably better!!!' Santiago, Colombia
'My host mother is very kind and she is good at cooking. She gave us many opportunities to speak English.' Sachiyo, Japan
Here Doris answers our questions:
How long have you been hosting students for English in Chester?
I’ve been hosting for about 15 years
What do you like about hosting students?
I love meeting Students and finding out about their countries and lives. (I also like talking!)
Can you tell us about one of your favourite memories/experiences you have had with a student?
One of the first students I hosted was a Mathematics Teacher from Madrid. He came for three weeks but stayed for seven weeks getting a job in a local restaurant. He quickly became part of the family and was loved by us all. He invited my husband and I to stay with him a few months later and he introduced us to his family and many of his friends. As a result, his children came to Chester joining the Summer teenage course. His colleagues and children of his colleagues have also come to study at the school at stay with me. Madrid has now become my second home and I visit at least twice a year catching up with lots of families who have now become wonderful friends. Hosting can get you like this!
Do you think your student’s English improves during their stay with you?
Yes I am sure that their language skills improve, I am happy to spend all and every evening in conversation with them.