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CALICO Airbnb where the convenience ends and the risks begin Affordable accommodation which is easy to select and book: Not only that but you can stay alone or with your host. In fact you can stay with whoever you like. Sounds ideal right…? Even more so when you are a student looking for a flexible option during you school holidays. But when it comes to Air bnb, where do the conveniences end and the risks begin? At Bright World, we know that every student we look after is unique. We also know that international boarding students are a niche group, who have different holiday needs to UK boarders and international students who are in the UK on short study breaks. The problem... More and more of our students are telling us that they want to stay in Airbnb accommodation during their boarding school holidays; an option which is completely against the rules of the Bright World Guardianship programme, unless the student is accompanied by an adult aged 25 or over. After some close consultation with the online booking service, it appears that some of the rules put in place to protect children are less than airtight. “At an Airbnb property, there is no screening of hosts or other guests, no guarantee who will be staying in the house or even the room the student will be in and no supervision or care. This is not good enough for our students and certainly does not meet our safeguarding standards” Lana Foster Managing Director


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