Is Hosting for You?
Do you live in any area of Weymouth and Portland?
Have you thought about hosting visitors in your home?
Our community of Homestay Hosts provides accommodation for national and international visitors of all ages throughout the year.
Benefits to you of hosting visitors
Generating income from your home
Hosting our visitors gives you the opportunity of making a spare bedroom work for you, without the risks of marketing and sourcing the visitors yourself or supporting your visitors 24/7 if issues arise
The opportunity of hosting visitors of all ages throughout the year
If you like the idea of hosting all year round, join us and our community of Homestays as we develop all year-round business
Meeting and making new friends
During nearly 30 years of organising groups locally, we have seen that hosting can be a positive and rewarding experience for both Homestay and visitor and long-term friendships are made with people in different countries
This is a real and tangible benefit, giving you the opportunity to be hosted in return – often overseas
The opportunity to learn about the culture and language of other nationals
Many people see the benefit of introducing their children to new cultures and languages in addition to expanding their own knowledge of other cultures and languages
Being part of local, national and international events
The opportunity to be an ambassador for Weymouth & Portland, the Jurassic Coast and Dorset
We all have local places that are special to us – hosting gives us the opportunity of sharing our local knowledge with national and international visitors
How It Works
We visit everyone who is interested in hosting. We answer all your questions and take a note of your requirements and availability. We also look at your accommodation and establish our terms and conditions.
If both we, and you, are happy to proceed, you will be registered onto the list; during the allocating process we make every effort to match visitors to you according to both your needs. Finally, support is available to you and your visitors from the local team.
We accept a range of local homeowners as Homestay Hosts. Whether you are a single person, a young couple without children, a couple with children living at home, an older person or an older couple whose children have grown and left home - we welcome your application to join our community of Homestays!
When you join our community of Homestay Hosts, you have the opportunity to choose from categories of visitors
We are recruiting new hosts NOW for the following groups in 2023:
Mini Stay Young Learners
German: Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd March (4 nights)
Czech: Sunday 19th - Friday 24th March (5 nights)
German: Monday 24th - Thursday 27th April (3 nights)
German: Friday 5th - Thursday 11th May (6 nights)
French: Monday 22nd - Friday 26th May (4 nights)
Czech: Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th May (6 nights)
French: Wednesday 31st May - Sunday 4th June (4 nights)
German: Monday 5th - Thursday 8th June (3 nights)
German: Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th June (3 nights)
Slovakian: Monday 19th - Saturday 24th June (5 nights)
German: Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th July (5 nights)
German: Thursday 13th - Monday 17th July (4 nights)
German: Monday 11th - Thursday 21st September (11 nights)
German: Monday 25th - Thursday 28th September (3 nights)
German: Sunday 1st - Saturday 7th October (6 nights)
Summer Young Learners
Weymouth English Centre are returning for the first time since Covid!
Spanish, Italian, French, German, Hungarian: Saturday 1st July - Saturday 12th August
(a variety of dates: 14-21 nights each time)
German: Saturday 5th - Saturday 19th August (14 nights)
Long Stay Young Learners
Weymouth College: a mix of Italian, German, Slovakian, American, Czech, Dutch and other nationals
2nd September - 16th December 2023 (a term, 15 weeks)
2nd September - 27th January 2024 (a semester, 21 weeks)
2nd September - 22nd June 2024 (an academic year, 42 weeks)
"My host family is so sweet with me and if I would choose a family I will choose this one."
"I like my host family, they are very kind people. They talk with me so I could improve my speaking and listening."
"They were very nice and they were interested in what we did during the day and what we would do later. | I love my host family."
"Great, she is very friendly and looked after me well. I have had a great time with my host family."
"They are really nice and answered all our questions. The family was very nice to us, they told us lots about life in England."
"If I could come to Weymouth again I would want to stay with her."
"We were truly blessed to host the most amazing girl." - Jane
"Great organisation....I've hosted for many years and have had many young people return to us year after year." - Sarah