Information for Potential Host Families
Becoming a host family is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Why Become a Host Family?
Some of our host families have been with us for years! Having a host student in your home offers many rewards and benefits to your family, including:
- expanding your own awareness of another culture and language
- the opportunity to share and reflect on Australian culture
- the opportunity to develop friendships which can last a lifetime
- the joy of seeing an individual’s English skills improve
- payment to you in recognition of student’s living costs (see below)
- ongoing support from our Homestay Coordinator
Who Can Be a Host Family?
Like most modern societies, Australian households vary. A host family does not necessarily mean a two-parent family with children. Hosts may be single individuals, married couples, single parents with children, couples or partners with or without children. Backgrounds vary greatly. Typically hosts have an interest in sharing their own culture with others and are eager to learn about other languages and cultures.
What Will the Host Family Need to Provide?
The host family needs to provide a home where the student is comfortable, actively engaged in the daily life of the household and is encouraged to practice and develop their English language skills. Specifically, the host family needs to provide:
- Airport reception and farewell
- A clean, comfortable home environment
- A furnished bedroom, including a desk and a chair
- 3 meals per day: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner
- Access to laundry facilities, bathroom, computer/laptop, internet and telephone
- Your home will need to be easily accessible by public transport (less than 45 minutes from our centre).
The majority of our students are aged between 18-23 years and stay from 2-5 weeks.
Please note: Homes need to be easily accessible by public transport (less than 45 minutes from our centre) and there should be no more than one student who speaks the same first language in the home, unless otherwise agreed.
Support and Reimbursement
We have a dedicated Homestay Coordinator who provides ongoing support to host families and students. All families are visited by the Homestay Coordinator prior to first hosting a student to assess interest, suitability, and concern for the growth and development of the student. Families are also invited to attend information nights prior to major programs.
We recognise that families become involved in the homestay program because they see it as a wonderful experience. However, we don’t expect it to be a financial burden. To help out over the student’s stay we provide you with $260 per week towards the costs of food, entertainment, and various other expenses for your student.