Susan & Alan live in a very comfortable three bedroom home in a quiet area of Chester. Their garden is beautiful with a large pond. Susan, is a housewife and she enjoys swimming, reading, cycling and theatre. Alan works at the hospital and enjoys sport, music, model helicopters and other machine-making hobbies.
The couple say: We like to think we are a welcoming couple who make our students feel part of the family and not a student within the family home, giving them the independence they want but the support they need when the time arrives. We are approachable and friendly and flexible. Meal times are a family time and a good variation of meals are provided. We like to involve the student in leisure and social activities wherever they feel it’s convenient for them.
Many happy students have stayed with Susan and Alan. Here is some of their feedback:
'I think I had the best homestay. I am so grateful to Alan and Susan. They are my best friends now.' Tenger, Turkey.
'Our host family was very familiar and we had much fun together. We could talk about everything together.' Sandra, Switzerland
'They are helpful with information about the city and the school and are available for any requests.' Antonella, Italy
Here Susan answers some of our questions:
What do you like about hosting?
Hosting students for us gives us opportunities to share culture and conversation,gives us a common interest where we work together keeping us feeling younger and more active in the meantime.
Can you tell us about one of your favourite experiences as EiC hosts?
Our fondest experience is with two Brazilian brothers Marcos and Marcello. They feel like part of our family now as we are always in contact with them and without fail every Christmas morning we get a telephone call from them.
Do you think your student’s English language improves during their stay with you?
We like to think so, it’s very dependent on the mind-set of the individual student and how much they socialise outside of their cultural group. We do our best to enhance their English by encouraging conversation at meal times and down time from the school.