The girls that we host add so much vibrancy and energy to our home and it feels strange to have an empty house. Sundae, our Cocker Spaniel went into grief mode the moment she saw the suitcases being packed.
Their answers surprised me because I thought that it would be way more appealing to stay with a bunch of friends with all the fun, independence and freedom that would offer a student. The courage and thoughtfulness of the young women we have hosted is always very evident. These are intelligent and resourceful girls who would all be quite capable of setting up their own apartments and navigating their own study journey but they choose homestay for some very specific reasons.
Five Main Reasons:
- I don’t want to be lonely
- I want to experience family life in Australia
- I want to learn more about the culture of Australia
- I want a mentor who will help me with my studies
- I want to feel safe and secure
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What We Offer International Students
Many students arrive in Australia and stay in their arranged Homestay for the first month and then choose to leave and go into share housing or make other arrangements. Some institutions require that students have one month of Homestay booked in order to enrol. Obviously, there will be some who leave simply because they were meeting that requirement rather than seeking out Homestay. However some leave due to unmet expectations or disappointing experiences.
We provide our new Homestay students with a list of Welcome notes so that they understand how our house operates. Our aim is to make sure each guest feels confident and comfortable so we call them Welcome Notes rather than rules.
Hosting is a surprising package and we provide something very unique to the students who decide to stay in Homestay. They fill our home with fun and laughter. We have the privilege of supporting young people as they discover their strengths and overcome challenges.
You can read more about our Homestay experience here.
For more information about becoming a Homestay Host you can contact Australian Homestay Network