According to Petra Vondrkova, who leads the Homestay programme at the University of York, those who participate are integral to a student’s stay in York. She emphasized the importance of committed and welcoming homestay partners, stating that the homestay experience is an integral part of the students’ course. The Homestay program also benefits hosts, as they create fond memories and positive experiences for both parties.
The courses range from one week to four months, with an average stay of four weeks, and Homestay partners are paid up to £192 per week. The university has produced a comprehensive Homestay Information Booklet outlining what is required from hosts. If you are interested in becoming a host but have any questions, you can contact them via telephone or email, or visit their website for more information.