When you’re young and away from your own family, homestay in Victoria, Australia is a great way to feel that you belong.
Settling in, learning a new language and finishing your studies can be hard when you arrive in a foreign country. Having the support of another family and a connection to your local community can make all the difference. Homestay in Australia will help you adjust quickly to your new life.
Your school will protect you and make sure you’re happy in your homestay arrangement. Your International Student Coordinator and school understand how important it is to
feel happy where you live.
Your homestay family takes their responsibilities very seriously, especially your safety. They’ll be well aware of your needs as a new arrival in Australia.
They really want you to enjoy your homestay. There are opportunities for extra-curricular and social activities, but they’ll also make sure that you’re home at a reasonable hour and spending enough time doing study and homework.
Our homestay families often have a child or children of their own who go to the same school as you. Your homestay family is also a very valuable link to your local community. This will help you make friends both in and outside of school. You’ll feel like you really belong.
Friends are important, but having a host family is something else altogether. It means getting involved with the broader community, not just your school.
You’ll be introduced to a new network of friends and family, local community events and activities. It’s a completely different experience to boarding school, where your community tends to be inside the school.
Unlike other accommodation options, homestay in Victoria gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in another culture and language.
Your host family will become like a second family. They’ll introduce you to their family and friends, involve you in their day-to-day activities and show you around their local area. Soon you’ll see that your homestay family also wants to learn from you, get to know you and understand your culture.
Our schools select homestay families according to a clear set of criteria and the needs, preferences and expectations of individual students.
Our homestay families come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. For example, there are:
A school representative regularly visits the homes of our homestay families to make sure the accommodation is comfortable and of a high standard for:
We interview new homestay providers to check how well they can look after an international student. This includes making sure that everyone in the household over 18 years of age has a Working With Children Check from the Government.
Your school representative will put together a profile so you and your own family can get to know your new hosts before you arrive. When you get this profile it’s very exciting. It marks the beginning of your experience of homestay in Australia. You can use it to start contact with your homestay family.