The Scottish Overseas Guardianship Association, or SOGA, is one of the oldest guardian agencies.
SOGA is based in the historic city of Perth, set beside the beautiful River Tay. Perth is located just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland's population.
We are managed by a director who is assisted by a small admin team. Together they liaise with parents and school to make arrangements for all the students.
Students stay with host families, who are all inspected and checked to the highest standards. This includes police checks. All checks are in line with Child Care Legislation and Government Guidelines in relation to good child care practice.
The director or her administrative assistant will visit the students at school. They will also represent parents at any school events.
Most schools now require parents to a appoint a guardian. This is easy if you have family or friends nearby, but is more difficult if you do not have friends in Scotland.
That is where we at SOGA hope to help. Although no one can ever replace a family, wouldn't it be a relief to know that a 'second home' has been found. Providing that vital link between you and your child's school? We hope by providing a happy guardian family for your child that we can help you, as parents, to be more confident and relaxed in your decision to give your child an overseas experience.
The families we have chosen as guardian families have all been selected for their interest and desire to share their home and family. Through our correspondence with you from the outset, SOGA will attempt to place your child with a family who will meet their individual needs.
The opportunity to relax, sightsee, meet other young people within the community and to practice their English in an informal environment with their new family and friends is invaluable. Lifelong friendships can develop this way - not only between the child and the family but between all members of both families.