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What is a Homestay?
A homestay is a private home accepting overseas students to live as a part of the family, a homestay host can be an individual, couple or family.
Being a homestay host provides great insights into other cultures and can be a very rewarding cultural exchange experience with a small financial remuneration. Life-long friendships are often established through the process. It is not a matter of simply renting out a room in your house.
Students choose to pay for homestay accommodation during their study because it offers them the opportunity to be part of a good family environment. They like to be treated like members of the family.
For more details, please refer to Standard of Homestay Requirements.
To register as a homestay host, please refer to Host Family Registration Procedures.
When is a Carer required?
All international students under the age of 18, who are not residing in Australia with a parent, or legal custodian, must have a carer. In most instances the homestay family will also be the carer of the student.
For more details, please refer to Carer Responsibilities.
Oz Homestay is proud to be a fully certified Homestay Provider for NSW Government Schools and the NSW Department of Education.
2016 Easter Long Weekend and Upcoming Holidays +Easter is fast approaching and you may get students wanting to go away over the long weekend of during the school holidays shortly after. Please remember that students under the age of 18 are not permitted to travel without their carer (host) or their natural parents. If they wish to… Read More
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… Read More
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.… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More