EARN A VERY GENEROUS ALLOWANCE HOSTING
A SPANISH BOY OR GIRL NEXT SUMMER TERM!

Hosting students UK

Information for schools

OUR AIM
The aim of our scheme is to provide Spanish children with the opportunity of being immersed in the daily life of a British family in order to practice and improve the language they are learning whilst they also achieve the knowledge of the culture and a love for the country.

OUR HOST FAMILIES
Each of our students is hosted by a family with a child of the same age and gender. We take particular care in matching children with similar interests and hobbies and as a result our placements are usually very successful. Many families have repeated the experience several times, sometimes even with the same child for as many as 5 summers and several of the English children have been invited over to visit Spain. Many long-lasting relationships have been forged in all these years bringing students over!

THE SCHOOLS
The students always arrive at the end of the Spanish school year and stay in England for less then four weeks, which normally coincides with the last three or four weeks of the English school calendar.

As part of their experience we kindly ask the school the English child attends to allow our Spanish student to accompany him/her as a listener. As a sign of gratitude we offer schools £200 per student attending the school. We normally don’t have more than two children per school, but we have a couple of schools where we have had even a few more. This figure varies depending on the limit of students admitted by the school and the number of families from the school that contact us.

OUR AIM
The aim of our scheme is to provide Spanish children with the opportunity of being immersed in the daily life of a British family in order to practice and improve the language they are learning whilst they also achieve the knowledge of the culture and a love for the country.

OUR HOST FAMILIES
Each of our students is hosted by a family with a child of the same age and gender. We take particular care in matching children with similar interests and hobbies and as a result our placements are usually very successful. Many families have repeated the experience several times, sometimes even with the same child for as many as 5 summers and several of the English children have been invited over to visit Spain. Many long-lasting relationships have been forged in all these years bringing students over!

THE SCHOOLS
The students always arrive at the end of the Spanish school year and stay in England for less then four weeks, which normally coincides with the last three or four weeks of the English school calendar.

As part of their experience we kindly ask the school the English child attends to allow our Spanish student to accompany him/her as a listener. As a sign of gratitude we offer schools £200 per student attending the school. We normally don’t have more than two children per school, but we have a couple of schools where we have had even a few more. This figure varies depending on the limit of students admitted by the school and the number of families from the school that contact us.

The schools listed below have had one or more of our students attending lessons with their “host brother” or “host sister” at least once. Most of them, more than once!

Hampshire

  • Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Applemore College
  • Bitterne Park School
  • Brookfield Community and Language School
  • Chamberlayne Park School
  • Cantell Secondary School
  • Cantell College
  • Crestwood School
  • Cupernham Junior School
  • Grove Park Business and Enterprise College
  • Humble Community and Sports College
  • King Richard School
  • Kins Somborne CoE Primary School
  • Langstone Junior School
  • Meoncross School
  • Miltoncross Academy
  • New Milton Junior School
  • Noadswood School
  • Oasis Academy Mayfield
  • Park Community School
  • Portsmouth College
  • Priestlands School
  • Priory School (Southsea)
  • Purbrook Park School
  • Quilley School of Engineering
  • Redbridge Community School
  • Regents Park Community College
  • Romsey School
  • Sholing Technology College
  • St Anne’s Catholic School
  • St. Edmund´s Catholic School
  • St. George Catholic College
  • Tiptoe Primary School
  • The Arnewood School
  • The Burgate School and Sixth form Centre
  • The New Forest Small School
  • The Westgate School
  • Totton College
  • Upper Shirley High
  • Warblington School
  • Westgate school
  • Wild ground Junior School
  • Wimborne Junior School
  • Woodlands Community College
  • Woolston School Language College
  • Wyvern Technology College

West Sussex

  • Ormiston Six Villages
  • The Regis School

Wiltshire

  • Sarum Academy
  • Trafalgar School

Dorset

  • Avonbourne College for Girls
  • Baden-Powell
  • Carter Community College
  • Corfe Hills
  • Cranborne Middle School
  • Emmanuel Middle School
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Glenmoor Academy
  • Harewood College
  • Highcliffe School
  • Leaf Studio
  • Lytchett Minster School
  • Poole Grammar School
  • Porchester School
  • The Purbeck School
  • Oak Leaf Academy
  • Oakmead Technology College
  • Parkfields School
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Sandford Middle School
  • St Andrew´s CE Primary School
  • St Aldhelm´s Academy
  • St Edward’s School
  • St Mary´s Catholic Combined School
  • Swanage Middle School
  • The Bishop of Winchester Academy
  • The Blandford School
  • The Bourne Academy
  • The Thomas Hardye School
  • Twynham School
  • Wareham St Mary Primary School
  • Wareham Middle School
  • West Moors Middle School
  • Winton Art & Media College

Isle of Wight

  • The Priory
  • Brighstone Church of England Prim. School
  • Carisbrooke CoE Primary School
  • Carisbrooke College
  • Christ The King College
  • Cowes Enterprise College
  • Holy Cross
  • Medina College
  • Nodehill VI Form Campus
  • Queensgate Primary School
  • Ryde Academy
  • Ryde Private School
  • Sandown Bay Academy
  • The Isle of Wight College
  • The Studio School

OUR STUDENTS
We interview the children and their families, in order to make sure they understand what their responsibilities are and what kind of behaviour we expect from them. We make sure that they are well-mannered, good students, eager to learn and mature enough to undertake this experience.

INSURANCE
Our students are fully insured to cover any eventualities, that may occur while they are in England anywhere -including school-, details of which are sent to the schools prior to arrival.

DBS CHECKS

Following the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, all members in the host families over 18 are requested to be DBS checked.

SARA MARTIN, Headteacher.
Headteacher. English teacher

SARA MARTIN

Sara Martin is a qualified English teacher. She runs Hamilton Idiomas, a Language School in Sopelana, a town near Bilbao and Hamilton School, in Bilbao.

From a very young age, her English grandmother shared with her the love for her country, language, culture and people. Sara had lovely memories of many childhood summers in England improving her English, so she decided to give her students and friends’ children the same opportunity. For 30 years now all the students she has brought have been referred to her by previous customers. This level of customer satisfaction could not be achieved without the personal attention that Sara and her colleagues in England, dedicate to the welfare of the students.

Sara interviews the Spanish students to make sure that they understand what it is involved and that they are mature enough to undertake the trip. During the interview Sara learns about the child’s interest, personality and family environment. This interview is very important as it helps to find the best match for that child in England.

In the summer, Sara travels with the group to England and stays here a few days to make sure everyone is settled. She comes back at the end of the stay to take the children back home. In the meantime her proffessional colleagues make sure everything runs smooth for everyone involved.

If you live outside the areas we cover (Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight or Wiltshire), and you would like to join our team of coordinators, do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an interview. You may even combine it with your current job!

info@hamiltonidiomas.co.uk

Information for families

The aim of our scheme is to provide both, Spanish and English children, with a memorable experience. The Spanish children have the opportunity to be immersed in the daily life of a British family in order to practice and improve the language, the knowledge of the culture and a love for the country, whilst the English benefit from so many values learnt through such experience like sharing, caring, empathy, tolerance, patience, generosity, cooperation, communication skills, being a role model, teaching, and so on.

We match the Spanish children and the British families very carefully to make sure they have features in common, such as personalities, style, hobbies,… in order to maximize the possibilities of bonding.

We therefore look for “caring” families with children anywhere in the south of England, who would like to host a Spanish child for 27 days in the last days of the summer term. A very generous allowance is offered to cover all expenses, and more.

Since 1986 we have been organizing these trips, and we are very proud to say that in general terms they have been extremely successful. Past host families agree with us that it is a fabulous experience for all those involved. We often receive the most gratifying feedback from the families and the participating schools. The children have fun together and all the family benefits from the experience. It allows them to make a Spanish friend, many times turning into a long-life friendship.

HAMILTON UK

WHO CAN BECOME A HOST FAMILY?

Any caring family with children between the ages of 12 and 16 can potentially be a host family for us. Having a spare room for the student is not an essential request, but if sharing, it would have to be with the child of the family, who would be taking the role of the “host brother or sister”.

The Spanish child should be made welcome to the same school the host child attends. Most schools in the area are happy to support our programme, but unfortunately a few of them do not. They either cannot see the advantages this experience can add to their pupils’ education or they have particular circumstances that do not help. If that was the case with your son or daughters school you could still host if we found a local school the Spanish child could attend with a friend, neighbour or relative of the family.

If you cannot find your school on the list, please get in touch as it well may be that we have never had dealings with them.

All members of the family over 18  will be requested to be DBS checked.

The schools listed below have had one or more of our students attending lessons with their “host brother” or “host sister” at least once. Most of them, more than once!

Hampshire

  • Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Applemore College
  • Bitterne Park School
  • Brookfield Community and Language School
  • Chamberlayne Park School
  • Cantell Secondary School
  • Cantell College
  • Crestwood School
  • Cupernham Junior School
  • Grove Park Business and Enterprise College
  • Humble Community and Sports College
  • King Richard School
  • Kins Somborne CoE Primary School
  • Langstone Junior School
  • Meoncross School
  • Miltoncross Academy
  • New Milton Junior School
  • Noadswood School
  • Oasis Academy Mayfield
  • Park Community School
  • Portsmouth College
  • Priestlands School
  • Priory School (Southsea)
  • Purbrook Park School
  • Quilley School of Engineering
  • Redbridge Community School
  • Regents Park Community College
  • Romsey School
  • Sholing Technology College
  • St Anne’s Catholic School
  • St. Edmund´s Catholic School
  • St. George Catholic College
  • Tiptoe Primary School
  • The Arnewood School
  • The Burgate School and Sixth form Centre
  • The New Forest Small School
  • The Westgate School
  • Totton College
  • Upper Shirley High
  • Warblington School
  • Westgate school
  • Wild ground Junior School
  • Wimborne Junior School
  • Woodlands Community College
  • Woolston School Language College
  • Wyvern Technology College

West Sussex

  • Ormiston Six Villages
  • The Regis School

Wiltshire

  • Sarum Academy
  • Trafalgar School

Dorset

  • Avonbourne College for Girls
  • Baden-Powell
  • Carter Community College
  • Corfe Hills
  • Cranborne Middle School
  • Emmanuel Middle School
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Glenmoor Academy
  • Harewood College
  • Highcliffe School
  • Leaf Studio
  • Lytchett Minster School
  • Poole Grammar School
  • Porchester School
  • The Purbeck School
  • Oak Leaf Academy
  • Oakmead Technology College
  • Parkfields School
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Sandford Middle School
  • St Andrew´s CE Primary School
  • St Aldhelm´s Academy
  • St Edward’s School
  • St Mary´s Catholic Combined School
  • Swanage Middle School
  • The Bishop of Winchester Academy
  • The Blandford School
  • The Bourne Academy
  • The Thomas Hardye School
  • Twynham School
  • Wareham St Mary Primary School
  • Wareham Middle School
  • West Moors Middle School
  • Winton Art & Media College

Isle of Wight

  • The Priory
  • Brighstone Church of England Prim. School
  • Carisbrooke CoE Primary School
  • Carisbrooke College
  • Christ The King College
  • Cowes Enterprise College
  • Holy Cross
  • Medina College
  • Nodehill VI Form Campus
  • Queensgate Primary School
  • Ryde Academy
  • Ryde Private School
  • Sandown Bay Academy
  • The Isle of Wight College
  • The Studio School
HAMILTON UK

What People Say About Us

Lisa Taylor, Christchurch, July 2017
«We thought the programme was very well run. The support for the students and host families was fantastic. The students I met clearly enjoyed their stay and the bowling half way through is a welcome get together for both students and host families. We would be very happy to have another student next year.«
Tanya Mullins, Christchurch, July 2019
«Gorka was an absolute pleasure. He was polite, funny and similar to George. They made a good friendship.
Tanya Mullins, Christchurch, hamilton
Andrea Smirk, Southampton July 2016

Andrea Smirk, Southampton  July 2016

«We have really enjoyed Ainhoa staying with us. She has settled really well and my children got on really well with her. Ainhoa has learned a lot, speaks very good English and especially  has enjoyed eating English food. Ainhoa is like a member of our family. We will miss her very much when she goes back home. Hopefully  we will see Ainhoa again next year to come and stay with us.  

I found it was very well organised. I thought it was nice to be in contact with the family before there child comes over to England. Great communication  between us and the co-ordinator, if we have any concerns, worried about anything or to ask any questions. The only problem was when picking the student up it was late at 10.15pm in the evening. But I could understand about the arrangements for all the students to come to England together. We are happy to support the programme  next year.» 

-In 2017 arrival time has been sorted! The group will be arriving at a much more reasonable time!

«We as a family, really enjoyed Maya´s time here. She was an absolute delight to have in our home. Polite, entertaining and great fun to have around. She blended in very well here. So, if you can find her double that would be amazing»

Louisa Green, Fordingbridge, March 2016

Maya, in the picture, had a great time with Louisa and family in summer 2015. Next summer she is traveling to France to practice her French so she won´t be joining the group. The family are still happy to repeat the experience, though.

– No worries, Louisa! We have a few more adorable students for your family to enjoy this summer, too!

Louisa Green, Fordingbridge, March 2016

«We always have fun when Zita, our Spanish student visits. It´s a pleasure to welcome her into our home and it´s a good experience for my children to accommodate and look after her. We are always  sad to see her leave.»

Ms Guy, Lymington, September 2015

Ms Guy and family have hosted students for our organization and enjoyed doing so since 2012!

host a spanish student

“I was recommended this company by a friend last year and I have been delighted with the result and would love to recommend them to my friends for this year, as an excellent opportunity for your child/family.»

Karen McDonnell, Bournemouth, April 2015

“An amazing experience, both as a family and for our daughter….a fantastic time and something we will do again!”

Mrs Cordon, Isle of Wight, March 2014

“It was a great experience not only for the student, but for our 14-year-old son. It opened his eye to the difference in schooling and what it would be like to have a brother…… very good indeed.”

Mr & Mrs Webster, Southampton

Mr & Mrs Webster, Southampton

“Fantastic experience for our son, and the rest of the family, it was sad to see him go.”

 Langdown-Jones Family, Southampton

Langdown-Jones Family, Southampton

‘‘We all enjoyed it so much, she came back again! July wouldn’t be the same without her now… ‘’

Mr & Mrs Price, Southampton