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All families receive a 15% discount on
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Become a homestay host family

  • Host family

Alpha School of English is always looking for new homestay families who are interested in welcoming foreign guests into their homes. If you have a spare room we would like to hear from you.

Students & guests usually require homestay accommodation for 2-4 weeks although it could be longer. Some ask to be placed with a family with children and/or pets, non-smokers etc. We ask you to fill in a detailed application form so that we can try to find the best match between student needs and homestay family preferences.

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Benefits of becoming a Homestay Host Family:

  • The opportunity to meet people from all over the world
  • Learning about different cultures and traditions
  • Introducing visitors to Malta’s rich history and traditions
  • Prompt payment

    All guest bedrooms should have:

    • a table or desk large enough for studying / working on a laptop, plus a chair
    • a wardrobe
    • a chest of drawers
    • good lighting, ideally with good, natural light
    • a mirror
    • a comfortable bed, bedside table & lamp
    • a fan in summer / heater in winter
    • easy access to a private or shared bathroom

      If your application is successful you will be required to sign a contract with us and provide:

      • A police conduct certificate
      • A valid host family licence issued by the MTA (our Homestay Department will help you with this)
      • Photos of your home (inside & outside), the guest room(s) and a photo of your family
      • A copy of any family rules that apply in your home

      What do our clients expect from their homestay experience?

      • The most important thing is a welcoming home. Your guests have chosen to stay with a family rather than in a hotel or an apartment because they want to experience living in a Maltese home.
      • An explanation of how to use things in the house and your family rules
      • To be brought to Alpha School or shown the way on the first day of their English course
      • The opportunity to learn about Maltese culture and history, also information about local shops, restaurants, bus routes etc.
      • Facilities to do their washing and ironing. Homestay hosts are also expected to do guest laundry once a week.
      • Daily breakfast
      • A packed lunch and/or evening meal depending on the type of booking
      • Sheets (changed once a week)
      • Bathroom towels (changed twice a week)
      • A friendly environment where they feel comfortable to read a book or watch TV in the living room
      • The opportunity to receive (but not make) telephone calls within reasonable hours.
      • An English-speaking environment

      What can you expect from your guests?

      • To be considerate and remember that they are staying in a home, not a hotel
      • To respect your house rules
      • To discuss with you whether they will have a key to your home or not
      • To be quiet and considerate if they return home late at night when household members might be asleep
      • To be careful about security and to make sure they lock doors and windows whenever they go out
      • To turn off lights / heating / air-conditioning etc. when they go out
      • To be considerate when sharing a bathroom and to clean up after they use it
      • To keep their bedroom tidy
      • To pay hosts directly for an extras that they have arranged
      • To pay hosts directly for any damages they cause
      • To keep you informed about their plans – eg to let you know if they will be home late or if they will be out for dinner

      If you are interested in being a homestay host family please apply now for further details, rates and a home visit.

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      Fun Alpha School Facts

      • Over 90% of our regular teaching staff are British, Australian or South African
      • We teach students from over 40 different countries every year
      • We've been offering English + Sports courses for 25 years
      • We pioneered English courses for Families in Malta and cater for children from the age of 2
      • 99% of our students would recommend Alpha School to a friend
      • We opened our Gozo Annexe in 2014
      • We offered our first First Aid course in 2014
      • We offer over 20 different sports
      • Over 100 different activities
      • 16 different types of accommodation
      • We have a multi-national office team with full and part-time staff and interns from Malta, the UK, Poland, France & Germany
      • Alpha School used to be called the St. Paul's Bay English Language Centre
      • We were the first school to open in the north of Malta - way back in 1991
      • We offer in-house training for our teaching staff with a teacher trainer from the UK who visits Malta twice a year
      • We have a reputation for being the friendliest school in Malta!
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