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Homestay providers

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​​​​​​​​Become a homestay provider

Did you know that our homestay providers are a smorgasbord of diversity? They are married couples with or without kids, singles, singles with kids, dog people, cat people and grandparents too. Which one are you?

How about an international student who comes from a country you are hoping to travel to? You not only get to form lifelong friendships with them and their own family but you have the opportunity to learn and practise their language. How handy will that be when you go and visit?

Maybe you are passionate about specific sport/music/art? You could share your common interest with an international student who also shares your hobbies. Did they just mention they enjoy cooking family pasta recipes? 

Could your own family do with a motivational gee-up by welcoming an international student? They could become tour guides in their own town and get out-and-about to showcase the local area.

What does it involve?

As a homestay provider, your job is to provide a ​secure home environment with a bedroom, study area, 3 meals a day and contribute to the brilliant reputation Queensland has of providing the perfect Aussie cultural experience.

What will I receive?

You will receive a fortnightly payment to cover your student’s meal and other homestay expenses. That’s a terrific outcome for the cultural opportunities and feel-good factor on offer.

You will have access to support services and resources to help you plan for your student’s visit, and throughout their stay.

Testimonial from a current homestay provider—Sharon

'It’s very difficult to explain just how much the girls mean to us. My own family is small so all of the international student that have stayed with us are like our own children. There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t think of them and how they’ve enriched our lives.'

'One of the most rewarding aspects of being a homestay family are the long-term relationships that start right here in Queensland. We love to travel and have met up with our homestay daughters in many different places around the world. They have become integrated into our life—they are more than girls that came to stay at our house, they are truly part of the family.'

What next?

  1. Blue Card - Every adult in your home must have a current Blue Card to become a homestay provider.
  2. Contacting schools - Homestay providers are chosen by the schools in your local community.
    • Find a participating school in your area from our schools list.
    • Contact local school(s) directly to express your interest in becoming a homestay provider.
    • The school will discuss homestay requirements and assist you through the application process.
  3. Expression of interest form - Complete the expression of interest form and return it to Homestay.EQI@qed.qld.gov.au.

Further information

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Last updated 21 July 2022