Hosting a young dancer? Try this unique experience!

The Mosa Ballet School trains talented dancers from all backgrounds within a warm and mindful environment, both on weekends and during school holidays, to boost their well-being and self-fulfilment.

Sharing time with young talents from all four corners of the world is not only emotionally rewarding but also a unique multicultural and fruitful experience.

 During their stay, the young dancer becomes a family member, participating in your usual family life and is neither a guest nor an au pair.

In practical terms

You can welcome the young dancer either on weekends and school holidays or during the last two weeks of August during our Intensive French Courses.

The Mosa Ballet School is in charge of pairing together the right dancers with the right host families based on the expectations or requests of both parties.

For the host families, there are no requirements in terms of age, profession, or individual situation (household composition).

The young dancer’s family must obviously also agree to the host family we have chosen for their child.

How to become a host family?

It’s very simple! You just need to fill out a form which requires information regarding your family situation and, more importantly, your availability.

We’ll promptly contact you and organise a home visit.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to write us an email at hostfamilies@mosaballetschool.eu

In the name of all these young dancers who oftentimes come from very far away to make their dreams come true, the Mosa Ballet School wants to heartily thank you for your hospitality.

Become a host family

Focus on the Intensive French Course, August 2022

The Intensive French Course is an opportunity for our students (Japanese, Swiss, Greek, Italian, Latvian,…) to familiarise themselves with the language before the start of the academic year.

In order to help them take their first steps in Belgium, the Mosa Ballet School is looking for families to host these students during the Intensive Course.

A collective welcome of the students and families is organised on Monday 15 August, the day before the Intensive French Course starts. The hosts will meet the student they are hosting in a friendly atmosphere, in the presence of the Mosa team.

The host family commits to :

  • Providing room and board for the student from 15 to 31 August.
  • Provide shuttle services from the host family to the Intensive Course (Athénée Charles Rogier-Liège 1, from 8am to 2pm, from 16 to 26 August) or explain to the student how to get there on foot or by public transport.
  • Welcome the student from the night of 15 to 16 August and, at the end of the Intensive Course, help him/her to settle into his/her boarding room on Sunday 28 August or Tuesday 31 August, depending on which year he/she is entering.

How is the matching between the student and his/her future host family organised?

Each child and each family is unique! Personalized support is the key to a successful experience.

We analyse each application received carefully and organise a home visit for an in-depth interview with each host family. We check that all the requirements are met, and that the family provides an environment that is in keeping with the caring and collaborative spirit of the school.

Our team then assesses the possible matches and contacts the student and parents to propose a family. Once a family is agreed in principle, we contact them again to arrange a three-way video conference. The idea is to allow a meeting and exchange between the student’s family and the host family, in the presence of the Mosa Ballet School team.

Once both parties have confirmed their mutual willingness to accept the host family, we have both parties sign a contractual document which officially confirms the authorisation of the student’s parents and the commitment of the host family.

FAQ

The families must:

  • Obtain a certificate of good conduct
  • Have family insurance
  • Not have any conditions regarding the origin, religion, or other discriminating factors regarding the young dancer.
  • Live in Liège or close suburbs to drive the student into the city or close enough for them to easily travel using public transport if needed.
  • Have a bedroom for one person or a room to share with a child in the family.
  • Have a suitable area where the dancer can quietly work.
  • Preferably be a non-smoking household.

During the dancer’s stay, they become a family member and are neither a guest nor an au pair.

By becoming a host family, you agree to:

  • mindfully welcome and help this young person in their objective. Interpersonal communication is key. Families must be attentive to the young person’s needs (for example, avoid organising too many activities during the weekend as their weeks are already very gruelling!)
  • ensure any medical issues are either followed-up or treated
  • guarantee they sleep enough and eat healthy meals
  • have good Internet connection for both schoolwork and to communicate with their family abroad
  • wash their dance wear: leotards, tights, etc. each weekend
  • be actively involved in both the Mosa and Athénée Charles Rogier schoolwork all throughout the year. We offer homework assistance should the student so request
  • contact the school whenever they feel it relevant or necessary.

The host family offers home and board and also organises the commute for the student to the school if possible.

The student pays for any public transport fees, doctor fees, Internet/telephone expenses and possible excursions and entertainment (cinema, extracurricular activities, outings with friends, etc).

The host family does not receive any remuneration as such. However, a small fee is paid per night.

The host family is not the legal guardian of the student.

Furthermore, the Athénée Charles Rogier and the Mosa Ballet School are always available for any advice or practical help if needed.

If, at the time of registration, you have made a request for a host family for your child (either for the duration of the intensive French course or for the whole school year), you will be contacted by the Mosa Ballet School team.

The proposal of a family for your child will be made once all the applications and requests have been collected and analysed. If you have any questions about your application, you can contact us at hostfamilies@mosaballetschool.eu.