Students to visit the Mearns

Language Travel Tours are on the lookout for host families
Language Travel Tours are on the lookout for host families

This year will see an influx of international students to Stonehaven, aiming to immerse themselves in the Scottish way of life.

After a successful first year when the towns and villages of the Mearns warmly welcomed French pupils, Language Travel Tours are now looking ahead to 2016 and the area is proving ever popular with our overseas visitors.

This is partly due to the beauty that the Mearns affords. Students are keen to sample the great outdoors enjoying St Cyrus Nature Reserve, Glenesk and Dunnottar Woods while visiting local attractions such as Dunnottar Castle.

Students also delight in the warmth and conviviality of local host families. For many students it is their first taste of Scottish life.

Reflecting on her visit, Samalina Lavos said: “I loved this week in Scotland thanks…I really miss you and hope to come back again”.

The experience is equally rewarding for local host families. Moira Ross reported that her two young ladies were “easy to get along with” and that she was “sad to see them go”. Other host families enjoyed seeing their own children have a go at speaking French and being introduced to people from other cultures.

Clare Plaister of Language Travel Tours commented: “The profile of a host family is wide and varied. Hosts can be families with young children, retired couples and single women. What is important is an open, friendly nature and a clean, comfortable home. Families receive payment for hosting so it’s an additional source of income and, as students are out touring with their teachers in the daytime, normal work/school pick up is not affected either.”

If you are interested in becoming a host family in 2016, please contact Clare on 01561 378218 or email ( or message via where you’ll find posts from host families and students alike.