International Homestays(2004) Ltd our families consist of many different
types of family units, big families, small families, single couples,
elderly couples and single parent families. To comply with the Ministry
of Educations Code of Practice all family members over the age of
18 will be police vetted. As the students are coming to New Zealand
to learn English we prefer homestay families that do not have strong
The most important requirements of homestay families are good English,
a safe, warm and comfortable family home, and friendly caring parent(s).
Being a homestay host has various challenges which students
need to overcome. Homestay hosts must be aware of these challenges.
International students will have different values and customs.
They may suffer homesickness. Invariably, this is their
first time away from home.
Your family will speak in English which students may not
understand. You may need to slow your speech down so as to be understood.
Kiwi's have a tendancy to speak fast.
There is a need to be sensitive to the people in the home
all the time.
The biggest challenge will probably be the food. Talk to
your student, ask what they like / dislike. If your student is of
Asian ethnicity, offer rice occassionally instead of potatos.
A separate, fully furnished bedroom, with comfortable bed,
Wardrobe, drawers, desk, chair, reading light and heater.
breakfast and dinner Monday through Fridays and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
over the weekends and Public holidays. The student should also have access
to a snack after school. If you take your student /s out for dinner in the
evening, it should be treated as a meal at home and paid for by the host
fresh linen and towels regularly and do the students laundry.Sometimes the
students wish to do
their own laundry so hosts should show them how
to use the appliances.
should provide one set of house keys to enable the student free access.
If you feel that you are not comfortable doing this - please contact IHL
(2004) to discuss.
Ideally, your home should be be within 10 minutes walk to public transport.Whilst
it is appreciated that this may not always be the case, it is unreasonable
to expect the student to walk long distances in order to catch public transport.
Advise International Homestays(2004) Ltd if you
are all going on holiday so temporary accommodation can be arranged
Probably the most important
point to note to the host family is escorting the student to and from school
on their first day. This is a vital request which all host families MUST
carry out. The student must be familiar with the public transportsystem so that they are able to get themselves
to and from the institution without any problems. So please,
on thestudentsfirst day show them:
How to catch the bus from your house to school and back
How to read the bus timetable.
Where to buy bus tickets and where all the bus stops are.
Please accompany your student on the bus to school on the
Hosts are not expected to deliver students to the airport
on departure unless you wish to do so.
Students are responsible for paying for their own transport