Becoming a Homestay Host for NILE
NILE is always seeking friendly and reliable hosts to offer a warm welcome to our English language teachers, trainers and language professionals, and provide them with a 'home-from-home'. It is important that our hosts treat our clients as guests in their home and not as a lodger. Our clients choose homestay accommodation to experience British culture and to converse in English outside of the classroom.
A typical NILE participant is an adult professional with a good level of English, and stays in Norwich between 2 and 4 weeks.
NILE also organises a few longer-term homestays each year for INTO students at UEA doing preparation courses for further university studies in the UK. Occasionally, some NILE hosts also welcome younger teacher trainees.
As a NILE host, you will offer a comfortable study-bedroom, breakfast and dinner each day and a light lunch at weekends. You will need to provide weekly room cleaning, bed linen & towels. You should also live within walking distance of, or on a good bus route to, the city centre or UEA. In return, you will enjoy the full support of our experienced accommodation team and good rates of pay, as well as great company and a rewarding cultural exchange.
For more information, please email our Accommodation Team:
What our hosts have to say:
Pat and Bernard - We first started hosting with NILE in May 2013. In that time, we have hosted over 120 students, some returning more than once. We have always found staff at NILE are very in formative, friendly and approachable. We have enjoyed the cultural experience of having students from different parts of the world including China, Japan, Ukraine, Switzerland as well as many European countries. I enjoy the challenge of experimenting with different food and trying out new recipes! Many of our students have cooked for us, and my culinary repertoire has definitely increased over this period! From Bernard’s perspective, he always enjoys it when we have students from other countries, who share his love of football and the banter that develops, and lastly, of course the income supplements our pensions!
Rob - “When in London in 2012, I enjoyed hosting a Mexican couple, both studying Master’s degrees. In 2013, I hosted my first NILE guest, a 19 years old Japanese university student. Many guests are teachers of English. As a European and chartered engineer, I promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in school as a voluntary STEM Ambassador. Therefore, it is interesting to hear about schooling in other parts of the world. I have also hosted 4 engineers.
Sometimes with guests from 2 different countries, I have now hosted 19, mostly, from Europe, but also from China, Turkey, UAE, Thailand and Chile. They range from students to directors and, in age, from 19 to 63. Having been a visiting MSc lecturer at 2 universities, I was delighted to host 2 university lecturers from Uzbekistan.
Having such a diversity of guests is like visiting those countries from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have a tedious airline journey and you get paid to do it! What’s not to like about HomeStay hosting?”
FAQ's for Hosts
- A warm and welcoming home
- A single bedroom with a comfortable bed, chair, a desk or table and somewhere to hang clothes
- Breakfast and evening meal each day with a light or packed lunch on weekends
- Clean towels and bed linen with laundry once a week
- A door key for each student
- Sensitivity to your guests needs and culture with communication and encouragement to help them improve their English