3. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH OUR FACEBOOK PAGEOR GOOGLE PLUS PAGE
If you would like to get in contact with other students from Country Cousins, and to follow all of our offers and announcements, please ‘like’ Country Cousins’ Facebook page.
It is a page for everyone who has encountered Country Cousins, and is a place where you can put up photographs, exchange information and experiences, offer advice, and share your memories of your time in North Devon. Click the link above to see our Facebook page and to meet more members of the Country Cousins family.
4. BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN ENGLAND
There is no limit on the amount of money you bring into the country. Make sure that you bring enough money with you to cover your immediate costs during your stay (we recommend £60 per week). Find today's exchange rates on http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter
Most students will need a valid passport to enter the country. EU nationals may use an identity card.
You may also need a visa or entry certificate. Check with your agent, Embassy or British Consulate to find out what you will need. To learn more about the UK visa process, please visit:
We strongly recommend you get travel insurance to cover all activities students will be doing.. Country Cousins is not liable for any claims for losses outside of our control.
If you prefer, we can provide you with details of comprehensive insurance service, which insures your possessions against theft, loss or damage and health insurance. Please note that dental treatment is not included.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return.
The card is not an alternative to travel insurance. For more information, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx
British coins come in the following denominations: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2. Banknotes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20, £50. You can change currency and travellers' cheques at Bureau de Change, or at a bank. Debit and Credit cards are widely accepted.
You should take care of all valuables during your stay. Never leave possessions unattended and try not to carry around large sums of cash. You should avoid carrying your passport around with you but keep your Country Cousins ID card with you at all times.
Stamps are available at Post Offices and many shops such as newsagents. All overseas letters must carry an airmail label.
Public payphones can be used to make international calls, using coins, credit cards or phone cards. Phone cards can be bought from newsagents and Post Offices. Calls are cheaper after 6pm and at weekends. To call abroad, you can also reverse the charges by calling the international operator on 155.
We have a set of times, which apply every night and are the same for all students. All students have a copy, as do the English families, so there is no excuse if a student is late. Students need to understand that the host family is waiting for them and would rather be in bed!
Times are as follows:
Barnstaple School of English:
All students, all ages: 10 pm
Channel School of English:
Up to 11 years old: evening activities only 12 years old: 9 pm at home 13 & 14 years old: 9:30 pm 15 & 16 years old: 10:00 pm 17 years old: 10.30 pm
If you'd like to visit English pubs during your stay, remember that under 18s need to be with a supervising adult to enter a pub , and no one under 18 will be served alcohol. Many pubs serve snacks, meals and coffees. You will usually need to order your food and drink at the bar, as very few pubs have a table service. A service charge is not usually added.
In restaurants and some cafes, a service charge of between 10-12% may be added. If it isn't, it is customary to add 10% when paying the bill.
Treatment on the NHS in the UK is free if you have a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card, please see 3.4 above):
If you enrol on a course for more than 6 months If you are a national of an EU country If your country has a full reciprocal health agreement with Britain
If these conditions don't apply to you, you will have to pay if you are admitted into hospital, or if you need a consultation with a doctor.
If you have made your own arrangements for insurance, or come from a non-exempt country, Country Cousins is able to provide you with details of a comprehensive cover at a reasonable rate.
If you need dental treatment while you are in the UK, you will probably have to pay the entire costs privately.
You will also need to pay for medicines that are prescribed to you by a doctor. Currently, prescribed medicines cost around £7.65 per item.
Information on the NHS and health issues:
Please call the office number 01271 862834 in an emergency - this number is available 24 hours a day. If you need an ambulance, police or fire assistance, you should call 999 or 112. These calls are free from most payphones and mobile phones.
For anything else, please check our Frequently Asked Pages (FAQ).
You must be 18 years old: The Law in England is very strict on buying tobacco products and alcohol. You MUST not buy Cigarettes or Alcohol as drinking and smoking under the age of 18 is prohibited.
Drinking in non-licensed public areas is prohibited no matter what age you are. If you are found either drinking alcohol or buying tobacco products, Country Cousins will send you home at your parents' expense.
6. AT THE SCHOOL
We are now a registered centre for Trinity College London ESOL examinations, so students will be able to take the ISE and GESE exams with us. Please click here for more information
We have clear guidelines on supervision of junior students which all staff are made aware of during their induction.
Juniors are defined as anyone under the age of 18. Therefore all of our students are treated as Juniors.
We are responsible for supervising students at all times except when they are with the host family or when the Group Leader has organised their own activity.
The following are the adult to child ratios we follow in our organisation:
For Adventure Sports activities & Riding Programme:
Any age: 1 adult to 8 children
For the Golf Programme
Any age: 1 adult to 5 children
For the Tennis Programme
Any age: 1 adult to 10 children
For all other programmes, activities and lessons:
Aged 7 - 11 years: 1 adult to 8 children
Aged 12 - 17 years: 1 adult to 15 children
If the group is mixed gender, the supervising will also include both male and female staff wherever possible.
When deciding on the number of adults required, Group leaders can be included in ratios, although only in relation to their own group.
Students must carry their ID card, wristband and emergency contact number at all times.
In certain situations it will be necessary to have a higher number of adults than our recommendations suggest. If, for instance, a risk assessment identifies a risk for the group or event, the number of supervising adults will be higher.
At Channel and Barnstaple Schools of English we teach our students by getting them actively involved in communication and task based learning. Each task is an activity which will offer you the opportunity to use the English language to achieve a set goal.
We follow 4 basic Principles:We will build off what you already know!
At the beginning of the course there will be a test which will help the teacher put you in a suitable class. This way you will not learn things you already know. The teacher will monitor your progress and adapt lessons for you. PLEASE TALK to the teacher if you are not happy with the level of English in your class!
We will help you use the language in a social setting!
Each lesson will offer you the opportunity to develop an awareness of the correct use of the language so that you can use it in different social situations. Teachers will help you to analyse the language used in lesson materials and reproduce it in a more social /informal context.
We want you to learn the whole language!
We will help students practise the ‘Whole Language Approach’. This means we will develop reading and writing tasks into activities that encourage social interaction. Also, students will learn how to use grammar outside of the classroom and in social situations!!
Throughout the learning process we will encourage individual creativity!
Our lessons will help students to develop their language skills imaginatively. By using the language creatively you will be able to express yourself without too much hesitation. We choose our lessons carefully so that they include music, drama, art and fun and inventive topics.
Each lesson lasts 90 minutes, and each morning or afternoon has two lessons.
7. STUDENTS' YouTube VIDEO WALL
Many students have made videos and slide shows which now appear on YouTube. Please feel free to look through them for a students-eye view of their time with us. If you are a budding film-maker and would like your video or picture show of your time at one of our centres to appear, please send us the link to email@example.com and we will be happy to include it here.
These videos below show impressions during the student's visits to Ilfracombe:
ILFRACOMBE 2008 by Linnea Waterloo, a German student who's been to Channel School of English 3 consecutive summers.