RULES TO RESPECT AT THE HOST FAMILY’S HOME – SCHOOL GROUPS

Below, we list some of the basic rules of coexistence that the students have agreed to upon enrolling in our study program, and these rules must be followed at all times. We want you to have a unique experience during your stay in Alicante:

General Rules

  1. Avoid unnecessary noise (such as banging doors, shouting, or running around the house) and respect the rest hours of the family and neighbors. Quietness and rest are requested after 23:00. Quietness and rest are requested after 23:00.
  2. Remember to turn off the lights, fans, or any other electronic devices when they are not in use. It is important to make responsible use of the services.
  3. It is essential to leave the bathroom TIDY; remember that someone else will enter after you.
  4. It is recommended to disconnect electronic devices (phone chargers, tablets, toothbrushes, etc.) when not in use.
  5. The kitchen space is reserved only for the mother/father of the family. Students cannot use appliances without permission from the host family, and food/drink cannot be taken without prior approval. In the case of having Half Board service, students cannot use the host family’s kitchen to cook lunch/dinner that is not included.
  6. Students cannot invite outsiders or students from other host families to the host family’s home.

Hygiene

  1. Showers: Remember that Alicante is a city with minimal rainfall, so it is important to be responsible with water usage. It is recommended to take a light shower once a day and no later than 11:00 PM.
  2. It is recommended to do makeup, dress, and groom in the room to allow other potential students or the family to use the bathroom if necessary.
  3. Washing machine: 1 washing service/week is available. Please do not hang wet clothes on the terraces, windows, doors…

Spanish Customs

  1. Schedules in Spain may differ from those in the home country: it is requested to respect and adapt to the meal times of the family. Without prior express authorization from the organization, the student is required to attend meals. In case the student does not show up, they need to notify the host family in advance (24 hours prior). Estimated schedules in Spain could be:
  • Breakfast*: 7:30 – 9:00
  • Lunch: 13:00 – 14:30
  • Dinner: 20:00 – 21:30

*Breakfast includes: cereals, milk/coffee/tea, toast with butter, jam, cheese, croissant, and muffins.

  1. Meals are prepared according to Spanish customs and culture, so students need to understand that the meals may be different from those prepared in their home country and must respect it.
  2. Remember that staying with a host family is an exchange of experiences. Our families voluntarily open their homes, so we ask you to be open to seeing different lifestyles, accepting them, and enjoying them.

Cleanliness and Order

  1. All rooms of host families have closets and drawers to place the clothes and personal belongings of each student. For safety reasons, students must use this furniture to prevent suitcases or other objects from being on the floor.
  2. It is necessary to maintain a minimum order and cleanliness both in the student’s own room and in the rest of the common spaces such as bathrooms, living room, kitchen. Remember that you are a member of the family, so you will have to do basic tasks such as clearing the table after meals, making your own bed, etc
  3. It is strictly prohibited to bring and consume food in the rooms to avoid insects or dirt.
  4. It is important to take care of the furniture and the house as if it were your own. In case of breakage, damage, or loss of objects belonging to the family or the host house, the student involved will have to bear the expenses of repairing or replacing them.
  5. It is advisable to shake beach towels before entering the host family’s home. This will help maintain the cleanliness of the house and prevent pipe blockages.
  6. It is important that, once the stay is over, the room remains the same as you found it.

Night Outings

  1. The nighttime arrival times at the host family’s home are predefined and agreed upon in advance between the school and the group’s tutor. In any case, the family is obligated to wait for the students until 23:00. After this time, the school and families are not responsible for the students’ arrival. In case of delay in arrival time before 23:00, arrival of a student under the influence of alcohol or other substances, or in any other case that may pose a problem for the student’s or family’s safety, the family will immediately notify the school, and the school will notify the group’s tutor.

Other Rules

  1. The consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances during the school trip is strictly prohibited both inside and outside the school facilities and host families’ premises. Non-compliance with this rule may result in the expulsion of the student from the study program. In no case Elcano School S.L. will refund the program fees or be responsible for any associated financial expenses.
  2. Each student will have a key to access the host family’s home. Please note that these keys have a security system which makes it very difficult to obtain a copy. In case of loss or damage, the student will be responsible for the total replacement cost of this key, which may amount to €150.00