For over half century Hastings has been host to hundreds of
thousands of young people from all over the world
Host Families Wanted, the true story of overseas English language
students in Hastings, is approached with the enthusiasm for detail
that my regular readers expect of me.
It recounts my own experiences as student host mother, the company
director of a family-run, Hastings based language school and how
the work affected my life and family. The problem of street offences
against students is considered, as are the efforts of the police
and the local authority to reduce the crime and protect students.
To enrich the story there are interviews with local host families
and the students’ teachers. In a set of essays, a group of today’s
overseas students comment frankly on Hastings and their hosts.
If you are a host family, have been, or are thinking of becoming
one, this book is for you.