Hosting an exchange student

Ever thought about hosting an exchange student?

Looking to host an exchange student? Our international High School students are young people aged between 14 and 18 years.  They are each seeking an experience to develop their independence, self-confidence and maturity, develop new friendships, improve their English language skills and develop an understanding of another culture.

 

The international students are open to immersing themselves within a new family and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of their own language, culture and traditions.

 

Students that apply to undertake this program are all willing participants grateful for the opportunity to integrate into the rhythm of a new family and a different way of life.

Why Host An Exchange Student?

If you choose to host an international student, you will find that the whole family will gain from the experience.

 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Providing an international perspective of the world
  • Adding some fun to your family environment
  • Improving tolerance and respect for different cultures
  • The opportunity to build lifelong relationships
  • Enhancing foreign language skills

From a Host

“My son Michael and I have had the privilege of getting to know Gwendal, who is from France, over the past few weeks. We have enjoyed looking at the world map and locating his home in France and it has been fun exchanging information about French food and getting him to try our Australian food.

 

Gwendal has been thrilled to see our wildlife and try to catch a fish or two when we go out on the weekends exploring.  We have enjoyed the experience of having a French student in our home. It has been fun and interesting.”

 

Christeen & Michael, Adelaide, Australia

Who Can Host An Exchange Student?

Our families that choose to host come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter if you are a single-parent family, have nine children or all of your children have grown up and left home.

 

Anyone that is generous enough to open their home to a new family member and willing to embrace differences in culture and language is able to host.

 

What our host families do have in common is excitement and enthusiasm for meeting someone that speaks another language and the unique opportunity of seeing Australia through the eyes of their international student.

 

What are you waiting for! Submit a host family application today.

How to host an international exchange student

Step 1 – Enquire

Click the “Enquire Now” button above or below and enter your details. We will arrange a time to call you for a chat about hosting. We can help you work out what kind of hosting arrangement would work best for your household.

Step 2 – Apply

Fill out and submit a hosting application form. All residents of your home over the age of 18 will need to hold a valid Working With Children Clearance for volunteers (known as Blue Card in Queensland). If you don’t already have these clearances, we can assist you to apply for them.

Step 3 – Choose a student

We take your preferences for who you would like to host – perhaps your family  loves French culture and would like to welcome a French student into your home for a cultural exchange, or maybe one of your children is learning Spanish and would love someone to practise with. You may not be bothered at all about the student’s nationality but would prefer to host a boy or a girl. It’s all up to you.

 

Once we have received your clearances and discussed preferences with you, we will work with you to choose a student by reviewing our students’ applications, which include letters written by the students. Many host families are not concerned about this step and are excited to meet any student, while other families enjoy choosing who they feel would be a good match. Alternatively, you can leave it up to us – we love matching students to families!

Step 4 – School enrolment

We organise your student’s enrolment in a local high school. If you have high-school aged children, we will try to enrol them at your kids’ school. Otherwise, another local high school will be found. The student’s placement with you will not be final until they are accepted into a local school.

Step 5 – Welcome the student

Once your placement is finalised, your student will receive details of their placement with you. At that point they will contact you, and the two families can start to get to know each other long distance.

 

We will be in frequent communication with you as you prepare to welcome your student. Depending on your student’s arrival date, they may do an orientation upon arrival. In this case, they will come to live with you at the end of the orientation. Other students will have just gotten off an international flight! Either way, when the student arrives, they become a part of your household and they begin their life-changing experience in your home.

Step 6 – Enjoy your time with the student

Your student will settle into Australian life and you will all enjoy getting to know each other. We provide plenty of support along the way and will always be available to assist or answer any questions.

 

Of course, as a host, you will look after your student by providing a safe and welcoming home, but you do not have to be a tour guide for the student. Exchange students come to Australia to experience everyday life as an Australian, and that includes whatever it is that your household does. Students are encouraged to contribute to household chores and abide by family rules.

Step 7 – Goodbye but not the end

Many of our host families continue their friendships with their exchange students and their families long after they depart for their home countries. We love hearing stories about host families travelling and staying with their students’ families. We are also happy to continue our relationship with you after your student has left – we have many repeat host families.