Homestay is a great opportunity for international students to experience the Australian lifestyle in a safe and supportive family environment.
Homestay host families contribute to the positive memories international students have of their time in Queensland. Many host families form long-lasting friendships with students and their families all over the world.
Your primary role as a homestay host is to provide students with a safe, welcoming and friendly home situation that supports their personal and educational needs.
In return for your care and hospitality, students are expected to show you and your family respect, courtesy and consideration.
You will receive a fortnightly payment to cover the student’s meals and homestay expenses.
You will have access to support services and resources to help you plan for your student’s visit, and throughout their stay.
Homestay parent, Sandra Jarrett, Townsville
“I became a Homestay host because I wanted to enrich our family’s experience, especially my three sons, to embrace young people from other countries. I have loved sharing Australian experiences with our students. Several years ago I hosted two girls, Camille from Belgium and Philine from Germany. I will never forget our weekend trip to Magnetic Island and the excitement the girls felt seeing rock wallabies and a Koala with her baby, living in a suburban street. I have stayed in touch with both girls and recently visited Europe for the first time, where I met up with both girls and their families. The friendship we all developed through a shared trust and love for the two girls is the most precious gift.”
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