At our college, the Ƶstay Program stands as a cornerstone of the international student experience, offering more than just a place to stay. It’s a gateway to cultural exchange and personal growth, for both the student and the host. As we usher in 2024, we invite you to consider the enriching journey that hosting an international student can bring to your home.

What is Ƶstay?
Ƶstay is a comprehensive full-board accommodation arrangement provided by welcoming families, couples, or individuals. For a weekly rate of $310 in 2024, hosts cover the living expenses of an international student, fostering an environment where learning and cultural exchange flourish. This fee is meticulously calculated to cover the costs associated with hosting, emphasizing the program’s focus on cultural exchange rather than financial gain.

Selecting Our Ƶstay Families
Our selection process for homestay families is thorough and thoughtful. No student is placed without a meticulous approval process, ensuring a safe and supportive environment. This process includes checking references, conducting a site visit, an interview, and verifying a Working With Children Check for anyone over 18 residing in the home. Our dedication to this process highlights our commitment to the well-being and positive experience of both our students and our host families.

The Role of Ƶstay Families
Ƶstay families are integral to the international studentƵs journey, providing a stable, nurturing environment that supports their adaptation to Australian culture and engagement in social activities. We encourage our families to immerse students in the local culture and customs, aiding their transition and enriching their educational adventure.

Benefits of Hosting
Hosting an international student is immensely rewarding, offering unparalleled opportunities to:

  • Foster Cultural Exchange: Open your home to the world and bring international cultures to your doorstep. Hosting encourages mutual learning and understanding, enriching your familyƵs life with new perspectives.
  • Develop Lifelong Friendships: Many host families and students forge deep, lasting bonds that span the globe, creating an extended international family.
  • Support a StudentƵs Journey: Play a pivotal role in a young person’s life, offering guidance, stability, and support as they navigate their educational path and cultural adaptation.
  • Celebrate Diversity: Engage in and celebrate cultural traditions, holidays, and milestones from around the world, expanding your cultural awareness and appreciation.

Ƶstay Services and Support
Our program ensures that each student has a private, furnished bedroom, study facilities, and meals. But beyond the basics, homestay families offer invaluable assistance and support, helping students adapt to a new country and way of life.

Community and Connection
Our homestay community is vibrant and active, with students, staff, and families coming together to celebrate various cultural and festive occasions. These gatherings are not only fun but also pivotal in building strong, supportive networks among students, families, and the college community.

Join Us
By becoming a homestay host, you embark on a rewarding journey filled with new friendships, cultural exchanges, and the satisfaction of making a significant difference in a studentƵs life. We invite you to be a part of this enriching experience, contributing to the global village and fostering international understanding and goodwill.

For more information on becoming a host and the impact you can make, please contact our Ƶstay Program Coordinator. Together, we can provide a home away from home for international students, creating memories and connections that last a lifetime.