Oxford city is fairly small and it is easy to travel to the centre from most places using frequent buses.
There is one other possibility which is to take a mixture of both. In this scheme you would have some of your lessons at an institute while also having perhaps one hour per day one-to-one tuition or alternatively some lessons at the weekend.
Hello Guy, Our students have filled out an evaluation sheet and the general opinion about the host families in Oxford was very positive (score 8). I think all went really smoothly. We were worried at first about the bus trips, but this turned out very well indeed. We saved a lot of time and besides, Carfax Tower is an excellent meeting point. So no problem if this would be the arrangement another time. I hope we meet another time and thank you again for your help.
Nanette Oosterwijk, Da Vinci College, Holland 9th March 2017
Hello Guy, It’s good to hear from you! congratulations on managing that big group! So it (the noise in one house) was a misunderstanding, those can happen. By the way, as we have said before, we really enjoyed our stay and it didn’t effect our very positive overall impression. I have already recommended you to my colleagues, so our school will probably be back next year
Angela May, Albert Schweitzer Schule, Germany 9th March 2017
Dear Guy, We are glad that we could spend marvellous time in your and all the other familys’ places in Oxford. We liked the service you provided for us as well as all the information you gave us, because we needed them during the stay. All the teachers and 29 children were satisfied very much. Thank you a lot.
Katerina, Vera and Martin (Czech Republic, Ostrava – Krasne Pole) 9th March 2017
Dear Guy and Sarah. I came back to China safely the day before yesterday. Since I am recovering from jet lag all these days, I fail to send you an e-mail in time, so please forgive me for my impoliteness.
I will never forget the incredible 14 days living in your home. You provided us with cozy bedroom, made really delicious breakfast for us every morning and introduced the culture of England every day, which was very beneficial to us to understand your country better. Every time we had some naïve questions. you answered them patiently. So, I did not feel a little bit lonely at all at that time, because you let us feel warm in an alien land.
Now, even in China, I always think of the days I spent in Oxford, staying with you, and my friends. Sometimes I burst into tears because that is really a wonderful experience, but time flies so fast. Tomorrow I will take train to start my new term in university, I will send you our photos at that time. If I have a chance to go back to Oxford, I will come to visit you and show my gratitude to you face to face. Thank you!
Griffith (Chinese Homestay student February 2017) 9th March 2017
We have arrived safely back home after quite an exhausting journey with students sleeping most of the time on the bus. We had a wonderful week and this is not only us teachers speaking. All the students have made great experiences and are eager to come back to Britain. Two of them expressed how they would love to get back to Britain for a gap year after being done with school. Others told me how they would have loved to take their host families with them back to Germany. There was a lot of hugging and warm goodbyes when the hosts brought the students to the bus in the morning.
Last but not least: A big "thank you“ to you for being an outstanding organiser helping us with every question that occurred. We really felt welcomed and important to you.
After having a look at your homepage I stumbled across a picture of last year’s group from our school. Please find an additional one of us. We would be happy if it finds the way on your homepage. Please feel also free to use this feedback there.
Albert Schweitzer School, Germany
6th June 2017