Parents

"Thanks again for all the attention and great management that the whole team showed to make Isabel's return home possible. It is the only place where she needs to be right now. I have suffered a lot of anguish during the last few days thinking she might be stuck in Scotland due to the Covid-19 situation.

 

Academic Families have been key at this time. You really elevate your business to the highest level and the most important thing for me is how personal your service is. My best wishes and my admiration"

Maribel - Isabel's Mother

"It may not be difficult to find a professional guardian, but it is not easy to find a guardian who is part of the family like Academic Families. I am very happy with the service provided by Academic Families. Sophie is very professional and capable of handling issues that may arise for international students. She is very responsive and most importantly she is very caring, thoughtful, and loving just like a family. She works very hard to learn what we need and matches our son to lovely hosts. Nowadays we are all facing a tough time due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are very lucky to have strong support from Academic Families so that my son is now safe and happy even though he is not able to stay with his parents. Thank you, Sophie.

Jing - Evan's Mother

“My experience with Academic Families over the past 4 years has been exemplary. They have been consistent, professional and we have not had one negative experience. Communication is prompt and their support in ensuring my son arrives safely and departs to school has been excellent. Our primary contact has been Sophie and she has just been wonderful with my son and our family.”

Timothy - Nathan's father

“Carlene told me how she loved everything about her time at Marie’s. I must say I am truly relieved. Thank you Sophie for the match. I can say, you are the best! It is tough parenting from a distance and you have made it a lot easier. Tell Marie I appreciate it. Lots of Love.”

Harriet - Carlene's Mother

“Thank you all for the services you provide. We especially appreciate how available Sophie is especially during the Covid-19 crisis when Shirlene was on a leave weekend with her host family. She gave us frequent updates, went out of her way to arrange an extra night for Shirlene with her host family and even arranged Shirlene's flights. We are truly grateful. We look forward to our continued relationship with Sophie and with the entire Academic Families family. Ahsanteni sana.”

Charity– Shirlene's mother

"We have been very fortunate to choose such a great and responsible guardianship company which enabled my child to go to the UK alone to study.  Especially when our English is not good, they help children communicate at school, arrange homestays during the holidays, airport transfers, and answer all our questions about further studies, I am very happy to have your assistance so that we can feel at ease.  Sincere blessings and thanks."

Jessica - Jen Pin's Mother

"Academic Family is a professional company in providing guardian services for all international pupils studying in Scotland. I am sincerely relieved that they on behalf of us take care of my son in Scotland and appreciate their services. Thank you so much." 

Raymond - Horace's Father

Hosts

Brian and I are a retired couple in our late sixties whose children left home a long time ago. We have an active social life, enjoy being busy and useful in our community. When the opportunity came our way, through our daughter, to host students she immediately said, ‘mum you would enjoy this’ and indeed, she was right!! Our only criteria for Academic Families regarding hosting was that our students would like dogs as our two working cocker spaniels are an integral part of our family. And on many occasions when a teenager would not consider saying to us that they needed a cuddle the dogs have been an excellent alternative, giving empathy on demand. We have hosted several students over the years, and each has brought a different dynamic into our household.

 

Throughout, Academic Families have organised, supported, and been at the end of a phone for us. Our experiences with these youngsters have enriched us with details and culture of countries we have not visited - but with the knowledge, there is back up should this be required.

Margaret - Host family

"We have been hosts for about 3 years now. During this time, we have had the pleasure of meeting many young people from a few different cultural backgrounds. We have learned so much from these experiences and hope the young people feel we have contributed to their experiences in a positive way. They have helped us with new technologies and laughed with us over many things. We just hope that being part of our family while they are with us has helped them understand a little of normal everyday family life and that they have felt comfortable in our home. Academic Families have been there for us whenever we have needed us, always understanding when we have needed to talk to them. They also care very much about the health and wellbeing of all the young people as individuals. They have been, and we hope will continue to be, a great organisation to be part of."

Shirley & Alan - Host family

Schools

“I am always so impressed with the professionalism of Academic Families. Every member of staff I have had interactions with is on the same wavelength as I am with regard to the focus being on the safety and wellbeing of the pupils, and they have the knowledge and experience to deliver time after time. They are a very friendly and helpful organisation who I have found to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to help find the right solution. They communicate well with schools, parents and pupils, and they take a genuine interest in the whole person so that they can best support and nurture the young people in their care.”

Houseparent - Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

“I can unequivocally recommend Academic Families.

Ronnie and Sophie are meticulous with pupil arrangements and very easy to speak with over the phone.

Always available.

Always on time with transitional arrangements.

Always Friendly.”

Houseparent - Loretto School, Musselburgh

“I have worked closely with Academic Families, and have always been extremely impressed by the quality of service which the company provides. Host families really do provide a warm and caring service for children of all ages, and a real bond is formed between them. The company is extremely well organised, and parent and child satisfaction is always extremely high. This is a company which really does go “the extra mile” on behalf of the children with which it works.”

Houseparent - Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh