What does it take to be a homestay?

There’s no such thing as a typical homestay family. You can be single, a couple, family with children, an empty nester or retiree. Whoever you are, what’s most important is that you are committed to the program and provide a caring home for our students.

What will your family learn by hosting a student from overseas?

Every family gets something different from the experience. There is no doubt you will all learn a lot about a new culture, food, language, customs and traditions but you will also have the chance to:

• participate in activities and meet other host families
• be a tourist in your own town and State as you show them around
• make lifelong friendships with your student and their family

You’ll care for them and we’ll support you. 

When you host an international student, they will become a member of your family. Your student will be a long way from home and in your care so you will be expected to provide them with a safe, supportive and welcoming home environment.

As a homestay, you will be required to provide your student with:

• a furnished bedroom inside the family home (not a separate dwelling)
• all meals
• use of utilities (i.e. water, electricity and gas)
• internet access
• use of facilities (e.g. access to TV, iron, vacuum cleaner, laundry)

You will also be expected to:

• support your student in their studies
• monitor your student’s health and well-being
• accept duty of care for your student outside of school hours

I’m Interested, What next ?

1. Contact the school to obtain and complete a homestay application form
2. Read the Code of Conduct and Quality Service Expectations
3. Complete the online requirements for a DCSI Clearance
4. Homestay accreditation officer will complete a home visit

We look forward to hearing from you