Acorn English Language School has an approved list of friendly people who offer a home from home experience to our students. Homestays can enhance your English learning and are a critical part of our immersion programme. We highly recommend this option for all our students. Our homestay accommodation provides you with a safe and welcoming, home from home experience with a local family. Living with a family gives you the opportunity to practice what you have learned in your lessons and experience South African culture and food.
All our homestay families have been carefully selected and approved and we visit all families on a regular basis. We also ask students to complete a feedback form to rate the service offered by their family when they leave. While each family is different, they share a genuine desire to welcome students into their homes and their lives. All are English speaking.
The homestay accommodation will provide you with a room equipped with a bed, desk/table, heater and cupboard. Bedding and towels are changed and one load of laundry is done weekly. During the week your host family will provide you with breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner and with three meals per day on the weekend and public holidays. In homestay accomodation you will share bathroom facilities with the host family while in executive homestay accomodation you have your own bathroom.
The hosts treat the student as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas. To give students the best opportunity to practice their English, we usually place one student in each home. People traveling together, if they choose, may stay in the same household. We do our best to match students with the right hosts so we need to know about your needs and preferences (e.g. dietary requirements, allergies, whether you’d like to stay with a family with children or pets and so on). The Homestay Preferences form is available here. If you wish you may change host families during your stay in order for you to experience other homes and families.