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Internet And Additional Charges

Earlier 2016 the Department of Education have advised that their under 18 students should not be charged additional fees for internet access in the homestay. Most host families have come back to us and advised that they are happy to provide this to their students for free, as they have unlimited internet plans for the family already. However, you are not obligated to provide the internet.

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The Dangers of Gossip

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.

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Opal Cards for High School students

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.

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Cross-Cultural Communication Tips

Cross-Cultural Communication Tips

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.

Provide clues to meaning

  • Use drawings, gestures, actions, mime and visual materials to provide clues to meaning.
  • If necessary, repeat your actions using the same simple sentences and actions.
  • Simplify your message as much as possible, breaking them into smaller, manageable parts to give the student a chance at comprehending.
  • Be aware that in some cultures it is considered rude to make eye contact, so students may feel uncomfortable looking at you directly when talking.

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Host Availability and Emergency Contact Protocol

Become a homestay host

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

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