GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENT LINKS’s PROGRAMME
Why not give your family the chance to practice important values and skills, such as empathy, generosity, patience, cooperation, tolerance, care, sharing, being an example for others, learn from others, communication skills… and get paid for it?
All those values may be learnt and practiced through the experience we can bring to your home by choosing a suitable student to spend four weeks with you this summer.
“Student Links” finds an “amigo” for each British host family’s child among their Spanish students considering their age, gender and interests so that they “jell” and become friends easily in the idea of enriching each other’s lives now and in the future.
This trip for our Spanish students takes place as soon as they finish school in Spain -around 22nd June- and lasts for the 4 weeks of the last term in Manchester-Cheshire schools, just before they break up for their summer holidays (around 20th July)
We take particular care in matching both “buddies” and, as a result, our placements are very successful and when a Spanish student joins the group for a second year and wants to be hosted by the same family, Student Links give the chance to the British “host brother or sister” to travel with the group going back to Spain to spend the last week in July for a great summer holiday at their buddy’s home at a very low cost taken off the allowance so that everybody can join in!
We are very proud of the most gratifying feedback from the people who have been somehow involved in the experience: our Spanish students and families, the British families and their children, the participating schools, their teachers… They just found it a fabulous experience.
Each British family receives a very generous and substantial allowance to cover what comes along with hosting and more!
Is not essential, but if sharing, it must be with the British buddy in a suitable bedroom.
For finding other host families: Every year, we have a number of enthusiastic actual and former families, teachers and collaborators who help us in the search of new great host families: you will receive 100,00 pounds per family you spot for us.
For the Spanish student: Each British pupil mentors his/her “amigo” at school: the idea is that the Spanish student “just shadows” his/her “buddy” in class, so while the Spanish student undertake our programme in a very enthusiastic way, the British pupils happily become their mentors at school and help them around with pride.
Loreto Grammar School (Altrincham)
Welllington School (Timperley)
Altrincham Grammar for Boys
St. Ambrose College (Hale Barns)
Ashton-on-Mersey High School (Sale)
Urmston Grammar School
Stretfrod Grammar School
Welacre Academy (Flixton)
Flixton Girls High School
Lymm High School
Hartford High School
Weaverham High School
Bridgewater College (Warrington)
Thelwall Community High School (Warrington)
Sandbach High School for Girls
Bury Grammar School
St. Paul’s CofE Primary School (Bolton)
Smithills School (Bolton)
St. Gabriel’s RC High School (Bury)
Manchester Grammar for Boys
St. John Plessington Catholic College (Wirral)
Birkenhead High School Academy (Wirral)
St. James’ Catholic High School (Cheadle Hulme)
Upton Hall School (Wirral)
St. Anselm’ College (Wirral)
Sir Thomas Boteler C of E High School (Wirral)
The Mosslands Scbool (Wirral)
Highfield Community Primary School
Pensby High School for Boys (Wirral)
Woodchurch High School (Wirral)
And many more ……..
If your school is one of our collaborating schools and you have heard about us from them, all you have to do is fill in our “Application Form” and we will get in touch with you to arrange a visit to yours.
Most families get a positive answer from us –providing they understand our student is supposed to be included in all family activities just as he/she were “a cousin of the family from abroad” and encouraged to communicate in English and only English
If you have heard from us externally, please, fill in the “Application Form” for us and also take to your school our “Presentation Letter for Schools”, which will be attached for you on an email upon request, ready to easily print.
If attending schools isn’t possible, a different arrangement will be made for our student, like attending a language school, having a work experience, etc… What is most important for us is finding the caring family to host them.
NOTE: when filling in the application form, please, don’t forget to write “N/A” in the boxes where the question doesn’t apply to you so that the system lets you continue. We need information on the whole family but especially the children, and mainly the child who is going to be the “buddy”, all of which will allow us to find the right match for him or her.
Everything is planned for a succesful and gratifying experience and from the second year on, the British children are invited over to spend the last week in July at their amigo’s for a great week of summer holiday in Spain at a very low cost which includes planes, assistance and insurance (300.00 pounds in 2018 taken off the allowance, which still leaves enough for the family to cover the hosting expenses and more!)
For the school: We are very gratefull to all the schools who take part in our programme every year, and as a sign of gratitute we give them a generous donation per Spanish student attending.
There’s usually no more than 10 Spanish students per school distributed in several Years to ensure our students’ full integration, so, if you are interested, please, make your application now..!!!
Our Spanish students profile: very positive and enthusiastic about their stay in Manchester; willing to make British friends, responsable, good students and laid-back children who happily enroll for an extra month at school being on holiday as they are from 20th June just for the adventure of doing so in a foreign country they fancy (English language, culture…); polite and well-mannered children coming from nice backgrounds.
From 8 to 17-years-old
At the end of May, you will receive a file with information and pictures on your selected student and, at the same time, the Spanish family will receive a file with information on you and the school they’ll be attending (uniform details, et…). Then, you can both get in touch with each other –a really exciting moment indeed..!!!-
At the same time, the schools will receive information on each student, details on our school insurance, etc…
All our students are fully covered by our Language School insurance for any eventualities that may take place at all times along their stay, details of which will be sent upon request.
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