The IEF is working with the National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) to put on two events designed for host families in two identical presentations on 31st January and 5th February, 2014.

The presentations are each entitled “Being a Host Family – Your questions answered.“

The purpose of each session is to help new host families / prospective host families to understand the importance of tourism and the international market to the town.

The presentations will explain some of the issues faced by host families / students staying with host families and how to handle them appropriately and professionally.

These informal sessions aim to offer guidance on how to deal with the challenges of hosting international students; as well as a forum to discuss how to make students’ stay a positive experience for all concerned.

The sessions will include short presentations, a panel discussion with host family and language school representatives plus a question and answer session and the chance to discuss experiences with others.

Topics covered will include an overview of responsibilities, cultural differences and attitudes, how to deal with issues as soon as they arise and special requirements, including curfews, for the various age ranges of students. There will also be the opportunity to discuss private foster care arrangements for students under 16 who stay with a host family for 28 days or more.

For more information on the NCTA, please visit the Academy’s website at:

If you are considering becoming a host family and would like to attend, please book a free place on the Eventbrite website, here:

We look forward to meeting you!

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