The English Language and Cultural Activity Programme is organised by Marlene and Ray who also host students all year round (see Homestay here). We enjoy having guests in our house. We both enjoy cooking a variety of our home made meals and some international dishes too! We do our very best to make the students feel at home and happy! Marlene also offers one-on-one English tutoring.
About the English Summer Programme:
Visits during June – July – August
The accommodation with a host family in Sutton Coldfield, a small town near Birmingham, consists of: Breakfast, light lunch, a warm evening meal and all that is normally required in the daily routine of a family, for example machine clothes washes, bed linen changes, etc. Students become part of the family.
There are various and frequent activities; swimming, cinema, bowling, tennis, walks in the park and picnics (weather permitting) and many more. There are visits to Birmingham, where students have free time to shop at the famous Bullring shopping centre. There are also visits to the museum and art gallery and many other sites within Birmingham City, including Lichfield and many other small surrounding towns and villages of interest around the West Midlands.
The two main and very interesting full-day excursions are London and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare´s birthplace. There will be more places to visit if the student’s stay in England is longer than three weeks. Some examples of other towns are Liverpool or Oxford. Therefore one of these cities or any other may also be included in a 4-week stay.
Students will have 10 hours of English language tuition per week during their visit. However they will also have some study and homework time on top of the daily lessons with their teacher. Tuition is conducted in a friendly and relaxed manner and always in accordance to the students’ level, whether they are almost complete beginners, of an average level or advanced. Please note that English is spoken most of the time everyday during the students’ stay in England. If they are of the same nationality, students may of course chat in their own language and by this they can relax and feel a little bit at home!
Our price does not include the flight ticket from the student’s country. The arrival to England is preferable at BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT or if students are travelling by coach or by train from London, then the pick up would be at the train or bus station in BIRMINGHAM.
Students will be picked up from the local airport, coach or train station and they will also be accompanied back on their departure date, unless agreed to pay a charge for exceptions.
Here are the prices for full board accommodation, English language course and all the activities for: 2017
Please note that these costs EXCLUDE your travel arrangements by air but they cover COMPLETELY the costs starting from the arrival in Birmingham and the pick up transport and return. So costs also cover all meals, entrance fees to museums, cinemas, swimming pool, bowling and many more places. Costs also cover bus and train fares or coaches which are means of transport to various towns and villages, and of course this covers the ongoing costs within the household (bed linen changes, clothes washes and general house wear-and-tear) but the most important is the host family’s great care and responsibility for the young people staying with them in England.
The cost of a ONE week visit: £690,- (English pounds) per student. ($867)
(Prices are all inclusive + daily activities and visits)
A TWO-week visit: £1480,- per student ($1859)
A THREE-week visit: £1845,- per student ($2317)
A FOUR-week visit: £1979 per student. ($2845) (for extra weeks, please add £170,- for each week).
Due to the popularity of the summer season, if a student would like to book their visit to England, a reservation as soon as possible would be recommended.
Students need to inform us if they suffer from any allergies, or if they are on any special diet. There will be a form to fill in once a booking is done.
The most important thing amongst all the services offered in this cultural visit is the great care and attention given to every individual student. We care for their safety and wellbeing and for them to be happy and satisfied with our services during their stay in England.
Visits and Cultural Activities
There are visits to the Birmingham Museum and Art gallery and many other sites of interest within the Birmingham area. The two main excursions are London and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. Students whose stay is longer than two weeks may have a chance to visit Oxford or Liverpool. This will be decided during the student’s visit. Some other visits may include a local castle in Tamworth or we can also visit Aston Hall, an interesting old manor house on the outskirts of Birmingham. During most visits students are accompanied by their leader. Other activities consist of visits to Birmingham’s famous shopping centre: the Bullring and of course Sutton Coldfield itself where students can meet up with their friends in a local café. On a warm day they can spend a relaxing afternoon in the garden or enjoy a picnic in Sutton Park.