Homestay is in some ways a unique type of organisation, in that we are a business, but we are dealing with situations that involve the personal lives of both host families and students. Therefore, it is important that situations which may arise are dealt with in professional and discrete ways. However, sometimes that can be difficult for all parties involved. Something you may think is an interesting story to pass along, may actually be quite damaging to another person. This is particularly the case where we often have “networks” of family and friends who all host students. Word can travel extremely fast.
It seems that with the changeover from paper tickets to opal cards, there has been some confusion as to what exactly the students are eligible for and the best way for them to purchase tickets and get the discounted travel. There are two types of Opal Cards for High School students, which does make things more confusing.
Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with students when they first arrive. Please see some tips below for ways to assist in the communication process.
We are continuing to have record breaking numbers of students requiring homestay. Students are also coming to Australia younger and younger. Education institutions are also accepting students more often throughout the year. All of these reasons combined mean that we are constantly looking out for who has rooms available. Please keep this in mind and do let us know when your rooms become available. Even if we don’t have a student straight away, we will add your name to the availability list and be in touch with you as soon as we do. The particularly high demand areas are those with convenient transport to UNSW, City, Strathfield, Kogarah, Beverly Hills, Chatswood, Parramatta and Cabramatta