Committed ASTUR host families
Welcome to the ASTUR web presence dedicated to our host families! This website puts all our host families - and those who are interested in joining us - in the spotlight. We are glad that you are interested in finding out more about ASTUR homestay programmes and host families.
How to enter the host family network
In order to become a member of our host family community, you need to provide the following: One bed per guest, a seat at your dining table and a state of open-mindedness, welcoming a young person from far away with open arms to your home. For how long your guest are staying, may vary according to the booked programmes:
The advantages of being a host family in the ASTUR community
Each family has their own reasons and motivation to join our homestay network. ASTUR sees to it that all involved parties benefit from our educational programmes, following a professional approach when it comes to managing our homestay network. On this site we present all advantages, from which our host families benefit. For further information about the company, feel free to follow this link and discover our profile, the faces behind the team and other interesting facts about ASTUR.
Frequently asked questions about joining the ASTUR homestay network (FAQ)
Do I have to be fluent in a foreign language?
No, foreign language skills are not mandatory. Our international guests are keen on improving their German language skills. They are absolutely willing to speak German with their host families. A majority of guest students possess essential German language skills. Should communication, at times, prove difficult, then we rely on students' and families' capacity of communicating non-verbally. From our experience, gesticulation often is successful.
Do I have to look after the guests during the day?
No, during the day the students do not have to be looked after by the host families. This is because our guests take part in prearranged activity programmes, from excursions, visits and sight-seeing tours to attendance at school or language courses. Certain ASTUR programmes, given the right age of the students in question, allow for discovery trips into town or around the neighbourhood taken by the students independently.
There is, however, one programme which requires host families to supervise their guests during the day: When under-age students book an individual one-to-one language programme with premium supervision, the determined host families will organise and carry out afternoon activities for them. Whether or not a host family is available for such a programme will be discussed in advance.
Are the students insured?
Yes, all guests have taken out Third Party, Medical and Accident insurance.
Do I have to prepare special meals?
No, host families are not required to work wonders in the kitchen. It is a key element of homestay accommodation to experience unfiltered daily life in Germany. This includes 'ordinary' German cuisine. We encourage meals to differ from preconceptions which our guests may have.
The only exception needs to be made, when students have special dietary requirements due to medical conditions, religious principles or personal needs. However, should such cases arise, we will always discuss host family availability in advance.
What happens, when we don't get along?
In those cases you can always count on our assistance. ASTUR was able to make considerable practical experiences in regard with mutual understanding and common ground between student and host family. These experiences show that such issues arise only seldom, that most of them are based on simple misunderstandings. Nonetheless, it is necessary to find a solution as quickly as possible. So far, we could clear up misunderstandings through arbitration or another appropriate reaction at all times.
This sounds good - How do we proceed?
Are you interested in joining our network? Have you got further questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to your call or e-mail.
We gladly talk you through the process of joining the ASTUR host family network.
Tel: +49 661 296971-18
Office hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 AM – 05:00 PM