Abbey Communication Executive Host Families Immersive Language Course

What motivates our host families to welcome people into their homes?

Andrea MacMillanNews

One of the advantages of taking part in our immersive language and cultural training is the opportunity to stay with a local host family. Sarah Voller, one of our managing directors, discusses what motivates our hosts to welcome people into their homes.

“Last month I went to Tetbury to deliver a small gift to Margo and Roger Smith who, having hosted for Abbey Communication for over twenty years, have decided to retire from their role. We wanted to say ‘thank you’ and mark the occasion as Margo and Roger have been a tremendous support to Alex and me since we took over the business and have provided a second-to-none welcome to many of our course participants over the years.

Talking to them about the memories they have of their visitors and listening to their anecdotes, I was reminded of the research I completed for my Masters into “What motivates hosts to invite language learners into their homes?”. It’s a question many of our course participants ask us. The reasons include

  • Learning from visitors about their home countries and the jobs they do
  • Enjoying entertaining guests and sharing home-cooked food
  • Chatting in the evenings and making new friends
  • Taking guests out to experience our beautiful local area
  • Earning extra income

Sarah Voller Abbey Communication discusses what motivates our host families
It was fascinating to listen to Roger’s recollections last month. And Margo commented at one point that she felt privileged to have had the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and learnt so much from them. We too, Margo, feel very privileged to have worked with you and Roger and had the benefit of your experience over the last five years”.

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