Homestay is Safe, Supportive and Welcoming
We know that education agents have several options when it comes to arranging accommodations for clients. Apartments offer total independence, while residential colleges are filled with Australian students and steeped in local culture. However, homestay accommodation ensures a safe, supportive and welcoming home away from home, while opening doors to local culture and fostering conversational English.
Homestays through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) are designed to promote a deep, personal cultural exchange between our host families and the international students and visitors who become their guests. Whether visitors come for a few weeks or several school years, the benefits of our homestays lay the foundation for a rich and successful experience. Points of difference for homestay accommodation include:
Flexiblity: Our homestays can range from an immersive family experience to a room only home share in one of our host homes. Whatever your clients’ preferences, we’re more than happy to help by customising a homestay to match their needs.
Cultural Immersion: As you know, international students and touring visitors are eager to experience everything authentically Australian; the food, entertainment, shops, and hidden cultural gems that only the locals know. Fortunately, our host families and support team can help them bridge the cultural divide, while supporting English language skills through daily conversation.
Support: Homestay guests not only benefit from the care and oversight of their host families, but each is assigned to a Customer Care Manager for back-up support. Guests also have access to our 24×7 emergency contact centre, with translators available day or night. Hosts will help their guests to navigate local public transport options, set up a local bank account and purchase a sim card.
Safety: To ensure that each homestay is entirely safe, our homestay hosts must complete a comprehensive certification program, including in-home interviews, training and assessments, criminal background checks, home inspections, and routine communications with local managers.
My homestay dad helped me open my bank account, and learn to drive a car.