Off topic: Looking for a family to host a 16 years old girl in LONDON
Thread poster: Claudia Iglesias

Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Nov 11, 2007


I'm looking for a family living in London who could host my 16 years old daughter for 2-3 weeks in January or February 2008.
My intention was first to buy a language program but I have no answer so far from specialized organisms, maybe because January and February are not the traditional months for that.
I also had an answer that said that my budget (€1000 +/-) would hardly cover both, a language program and hosting + meals. If that's true, I'd give priority to hosting and the best would be a family with teenagers who could be able to share their activities with her. Otherwise, if she's not within a group and has no teenagers in the family, she wouldn't be able to practice English at all.

I also published a request in the exchange section, but as I don't know how many people follow it, I prefer to be redundant.

Any suggestion or comment is welcome

Thank you



Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
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Not in London... Nov 12, 2007

Hola Claudia,

I don't know anyone in London, but I spent two months in this School of English Language and enjoyed it very much. People were very friendly: people at school, students and landlords/landladies. At the time -I guess it still goes that way- you could choose if you wanted a family with children or not, pets ...

The price was around what you are ready to pay, for a month, of course it may have changed (that was 1995)...

The school organized nice outings to cities of interest during the weekends, for an additional fee.

I am just copying the link though, without checking their site myself.

Good luck,


PS If you don't mind American (or any other kind of) English, there is also "EF" that sends young people to many coutries, I have no idea about their prices though...

[Edited at 2007-11-12 03:17]


Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
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Accreditation Nov 12, 2007

Make sure any school is accredited by the British Council:

Why London? Even somewhere else in the UK would be cheaper. It will cost more but you get what you pay for. I am sure €1000 wont cover tuition and accommodation for 2 months.
If that's your budget I also suggest the US - the dollar rate is much better than sterling.

You can start classes at many schools on any Monday so I don't think January is a problem
Let me know if I can help any more.


Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Thanks Anne and Gillian Nov 12, 2007

Why London...

Because her dream would be to study in London when she finishes school and it's the only city she knows in the UK already.

Gillian, the budget would be only for the 2-3 weeks there. In fact I didn't take it out of my mind, I read several language courses brochures and the prices were around €1000-1200 for 3 weeks in London. The problem is that those organisms haven't answered to my requests.

I'll check your links, thanks for your comments



Marianela Melleda  Identity Verified
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The EIL could be your solution Nov 12, 2007

Hola Claudia,

Many years ago I visited England and stayed with a family through The Experiment in International Living, whom I contacted through their offices in Chile They offer many different possibilities like living with a family for a few weeks, or taking an English course and living in a dormitory, etc.

I lived with a family in a little town named Malvern Link about 25 years ago and I still keep contact by letter with Astraea my dearest hostess.

Good luck,


Natalia Zudaire  Identity Verified
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Rotary Nov 12, 2007

Have you tried getting in touch with the Rotary Club? My sister went to Canada for 6 months last year, and you don't have to pay for lodging or tuition. I think they also have a program that lasts 6 weeks. These kind of programs are for kids under 18, so she would be perfect for it.


(now in Spanish: cualquier cosa escribime y ¡llamame si andás por Mendoza algún día!)


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