Homestay provides the students with the opportunity to be away from home in another country and a great way to feel that you belong.
Settling in, learning a new language and finishing their studies can be hard when students arrive in a foreign country. Having the support of another family and a connection to the local community can make all the difference. Homestay in Australia will help students adjust quickly to their new life.
Making life long friendships
The Homestay family also takes the responsibility of the student’s safety and wellbeing. The idea is for the student to enjoy their homestay experience. Provide opportunities for extra-curricular and social activities, but also make sure that they’re home at a reasonable hour and spending enough time doing study and homework.
It is important that the International Students make their own friends. This will involve encouraging the student to become involved with the broader community, not just the school.
Homestay will allow the student to be introduced to a new network of friends and family, local community events and activities. It’s a completely different experience to boarding school, where your community tends to be inside the school.
Unlike other accommodation options, homestay gives the International Student the chance to fully immerse themselves in our Australian way of life.
The host family will become like a second family. They’ll introduce the student to their family and friends, involve them in their day-to-day activities and show you around them around the local area. The student will soon see that the homestay family wants to learn from the student, get to know them and understand their culture.
Selecting homestay families
At Wallan Secondary College Homestay families are selected according to a set clear and strcit criteria. The individual needs, preferences and expectations of individual students will always be considered first.
The process for selecting homestay families will include home visits, police checks/working with children check and ongoing correspondence and a three monthly visit to check on the progress in the home of the International Student.
Homestay families come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. For example, there are:
For more information please contact
International Student Program Coordinator
TEL: +61 03 5783 0300
CRICOS Provider: Department of Education and Training (Victoria)
Code : 00861K
For more information about the Victorian Government Schools International Student Program go to www.study.vic.gov.au