The Australian Homestay Network is a preferred homestay provider to the Intensive English Language Institute
We live in a fast changing, interconnected world. Learning another language has never been more important. Technology can translate words from one language to another. However, sharing ideas in a common language is the best way for people to build common understanding and work together for a better future.
Learning a language overseas is not easy, but we believe that this challenge can be an exciting, life changing experience. You will meet people from many countries and experience new ideas and customs. You will also learn about yourself and gain confidence in working as part of a multicultural community.
At IELI, we will challenge you to develop your language skills to a high level. Our course will also help you develop intellectual flexibility and cultural communication skills to give you confidence for your future endeavours.
At the same time, IELI teachers and staff will work hard to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our commitment to you is to provide the best educational program and social support possible. We want to create a learning community where each student can achieve their best. In fact, many students say that the IELI learning community is like a second family.
We look forward to welcoming you to the IELI family and helping you on this important step towards your future and your future role in shaping a better world. We am confident that the skills, friendships and experiences you have at IELI will stay with you for the rest of your life.
About Australian Homestay Network
AHN has placed over 50,000 students from 179 countries in homestay accommodation worldwide
We conduct training, in-home interviews and background checks for hosts to ensure students are in safe hands
Full support for students, host and schools from a local homestay co-ordinator backed by a network of nationwide staff and a 24/7 hotline
Why should you choose homestay?
You will settle faster, be safer and learn about life in Australia and the expectations of students much faster. Your AHN Host will also help you with a personalised one on one orientation (including assistance and advice with local transport, shopping, banking as well as introducing and assisting with networks, mentoring, ‘culturalising’ etc.).
Our experience is that better settled International Students get better academic results and mix better with domestic students.
Beginning your adventure with AHN Homestay allows students to jump right into their studies without the worries of finding housing, furniture and signing leases all from overseas. AHN hosts will help you to settle in to life in Australia and help you acclimatise to the different cultures, climate and lifestyle you will experience while you study here.
The utility (gas, electricity etc), and accommodation costs are included in your weekly fees; food may be included but will depend on which Homestay product you choose. You don’t need to budget for multiple bills and unnecessary expenses. Homestay makes budgeting much easier.
There is no bond required! Unlike traditional accommodation options, AHN does not require a bond.
What our students say
Our homestay hosts and students have some great things to stay about their experiences. From trying new food, going on adventures with their homestay families, improving their English and feeling safe and comfortable – our hosts and guests are happy to share their experiences.
Steven has become such an integral part of our family, we all love him to bits. He easily settled in with us, and we all enjoy our “family dinners”.
I have a great relationship with all my homestays. I still keep in touch with them through Facebook , Instagram, Wechat and meals out with the students.
Seven years ago, we accepted our first homestay student. We originally decided to become homestay parents to put some additional funds into our mortgage, however we quickly discovered that like most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get back.
We have done homestay for 9 1/2 years and had some awesome experiences and shared amazing memories with our students.
For me, living in a host family is a very happy experience in this year. I will never forget Brad and Claire, I I hope I can keep in touch with them, like friends, like family.
I believe by staying in Homestay instead of just room, gives them a more homely comfortable feel that there is someone around to help – even answer a question, if they need it.
Such a great experience being a homestay host. Learning different cultures and different languages and making new friends. We regularly keep in touch with many of our students who have stayed over the last 4 years
We enjoyed our Homestay Hosting and had amazing connections with our students. We were their Australian Mum & Dad. We have welcomed their friends celebrated birthdays and Christmas. Our First Homestay were 2 Rohingyan for 6 weeks. One of the Rohingyan’s still rings after 7 years. Thank you AHN for the opportunity to participate in they’re developing young lives and seeing their dreams begin to materialise.
The most rewarding thing about becoming a homestay host is getting respected and numerous fiends all over the world and they treat you like their second mum.
I could feel my hosts commitment to help students in their transition to living in Australia. I felt very comfortable and although I still had some limitations with my English, the experience living with them helped me a lot. My host parents supported me not only financially, but also boosting my English and making my transition easier. I consider them as my family.
Living with them allowed me to make friends with other students too, from different cultural backgrounds. It was nice to experience and learn from them and from my host family. I also had the chance of sharing to them my culture.
Our student enjoy the more friendly, secure lifestyle of staying in homestay compared to small confined units.
While I had a great time living in my homestay accommodation, I believe a homestay arrangement would be best suited to students who are either quite young, or those who would like to live in an accommodation that was more family oriented and structured. I am grateful for AHN to have placed me with such a lovely family; I will never forget my experience with my homestay family.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our homestay experience. We have learnt a lot from our students. We have made some lifelong friends and have acquired some ‘daughters’ since we became homestay parents.
Our students loved our safe, family life and enjoyed the personal attention they received. We involved our family and it was always a treat to experience the new culture. It was important to us that the students experience the Australian way of life.
I was hesitant about taking a student from Saudi Arabia, but I will never prejudge any student again. He was polite, spoke great English, respectful and so helpful. I keep in touch with him, his wife and his two children and he calls me his OZ mum. I was even the first person to find out that he passed the first component of his PHD. I currently have a student from Saudi Arabia although some 15years younger he is also wonderful.
We have been blessed to have Yuri as our homestay guest since August 2017. Yuri has become part of our extended family and it will be sad to her return home when her stay ends in June/July 2018. Her parents traveled to Australia from Japan at Xmas to celebrate the festive season with her and joined our whole family for Xmas lunch and loved every minute.
Fish has been here since the birth of our 3rd child, she still comes to over to play with the children or babysit them. We ask her to house sit our new home, the cat and the students at present when we go on holiday. We taught her how to drive, welcome her boyfriend into our family and the children call him “ Chips”. She has stayed with my husbands’ family in Europe. Her parents have come to Australia and invited us out for dinner and met up the last 3 years for a Boxing Day leftovers afternoons.
Our family have been hosting for AHN for many years and have found hosting to be one of the most rewarding gifts that just keeps on giving! Homestay is not just an opportunity to share our home and the Gold Coast, but hosting students provides a unique opportunity to learn about their country, their people and culture.
Sho was an excellent student. Actually almost all your students are top notch respectful people. We miss their presence in the house.
We have laughed with them and talked with them at length enjoying our during and after dinner conversations. We have celebrated birthdays. I am pleased that my cooking has been acceptable to people with very different diets to us. We have learnt much about the cultures of Vietnam, Russia, China and Hong Kong and keep a large map marking their home towns. We have learnt to tolerate cultural differences at the dinner table but one thing I still have not been able to master is the use of chopsticks.
You need to be prepared to ‘go the extra yard’ to help. When they arrive they need to buy a travel card for public transport, open a bank account and buy a phone card to call their parents. You need to know where to buy these.
Hosting can be a very enjoying experience, and communication is the key to success. We have been able to assist with varied emotional experiences helping our girls adapt to life in Australia.
Having an internstional student has certainly changed our perception of Japanese culture and it will be difficult to say goodbye when her stay ends. We have had no problem in overcoming any barriers during her homestay.
About our hosts
Homestay hosts at AHN are carefully selected to ensure that our students are placed in environments that are not only safe and comfortable but also welcoming. Our hosts come from many cultural backgrounds and are truly interested in enjoying a shared cultural experience with their students. We conduct national criminal background checks, in-home interviews, and complete home inspections. We stay in contact with both the host and the student during the homestay period. We want all visiting students to have the most positive experience possible when beginning their educational journey in Australia.
There are hosts in the vicinity of both IELI campuses (Flinders and CBD). AHN hosts are trained in intercultural relations, and emergency preparedness. Student safety and well-being is our first priority.
AHN Homestay Packages
Live in a safe, comfortable environment so you can be successful in your studies. There are different packages available so you can tailor your homestay experience to your needs, preferences and budget. Pricing for Homestay Packages can be found here
Placement fee includes
|Selection and training of host|
|System support during application process|
|Ensuring that all appropriate authority clearances are in place|
|Host residence visit and approval process|
|Placement of student (student – host preference matching)|
|Follow-up support if required regarding placement|
|Liaison with education institution and agent as appropriate|
Weekly fee includes
Meals, accommodation and utilities as specified
Homestay host additional support for students
AHN professional 24/7 phone support
Compulsory AHN contents insurance for students & hosts as per our insurance policy.
Ongoing monitoring of host suitability
Local AHN supervisor support
System access for agents, institution, students and hosts