My husband and I both work with children in a nursery and have been a student host family for some years now. We love being Local Coordinators to the overseas students. I am a long standing School Governor.
We have looked after students from Germany, France, Spain, Czech and we have had student from China. We love learning about other cultures.
We live in an area called St Austell which is situated on the South Coast of Cornwall.
About the Area
St Austell is one of the largest towns in beautiful Cornwall. Tourists who come to Cornwall are drawn to the beautiful beaches and attractions such as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which is only 15 minutes from St Austell.
Cornwall forms the westernmost part of the South-west Peninsula of the island of Great Britain. Historically tin mining was important in the Cornish economy. Fishing is a big part of the community. Famous chefs like Jamie Oliver have chosen to open up restaurants in Cornwall to the exceptional large range of fresh fish caught around Cornwalls coastline.
Cornish cream tea is very popular, scones with jam and clotted cream, Cornish Ice cream and Cornish fudge is a must to try and also Cornish pasty (pastry filled with minced beef and vegetables).
Extensive stretched of Cornwalls coastline and Bodmin Moor are protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Due to Cornwalls long coastline water sports are extremely popular especially sailing and surfing. Surfing championships are held at Bude and Newquay.
Cornwalls largest town is Falmouth, this is twinned with Courarnene in France, Rotenburg an der Wuemme in Germany.