Home-stay (Host Family)
What is a host family? Our host families are not always a traditional married couple with a child/children. Above all we look for someone who is sociable, likes to meet new people and can give a warm welcome to our students. Our host families have time to talk to our students, be patient, understanding, careful and prepared to provide help with any problem that may arise during a student’s stay in Russia or Latvia.
The fee includes private accommodation with a single room, either with breakfast or half-board (breakfast and dinner). On request, it is also possible to provide double rooms. A student’s room is furnished with at least:
- one bed or sofa-bed
- desk with chair and light
- a mirror (in a wardrobe or a separate one)
The rooms are clean and, by local standards, spacious. Bathroom and kitchen are shared with the family. In Riga, we offer a selection of home-stays with private bathrooms. Maximum travel time to the school in St. Petersburg and Riga: 50 minutes; to the school in Moscow: 60 minutes.
Natalia Marusina (born in 1986), graduated from St.Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. Natalia has experience in customer relations for over 5 years and is dealing with all accommodation requests for our language centres.
All our families and their homes are personally known to our accommodation officer. Families are inspected once a year. The standard of the families is monitored by questionnaires (entry and exit) given to students.
Students’ wishes and needs such as non-smoking/smoking, allergies, vegetarian food, with/without pets etc. are taken into account as far as possible. Normally students should remain with one family for the whole duration of the course, even if things are not exactly the same as expected.
We allow students to change the host family during a language course but we require minimum one week notice.