Eri was a Japanese sixth form boarder at a UK independent school in Norfolk who wanted to stay in the UK for three weeks over the Christmas holidays. She was hoping to experience a different part of the country to where she was based at school and be placed with a family who had a daughter of a similar age. The Gabbitas Education Guardianship team recommended our Holiday Homestay service which includes accommodation, food and outings. Families that fit Eri’s criteria were contacted and a report on whom we felt was most suitable was sent to Eri and her parents for approval.
Eri arrived in Kent and received a warm welcome from the family and quickly became good friends with the daughter Joanne. During her stay Eri experienced a trip to Brighton for fish and chips at the famous Palm Court restaurant, a visit to an exhibition on Winston Churchill at Chartwell, trips to the cinema, shopping expeditions and a traditional English Christmas Day. The three week stay was enjoyed by Eri and the family and they have kept in touch.