Your host family will provide you with the comforts of home, including meals, tell you about local culture and customs, and show you around. You will be welcomed as part of the family.
Homestay students are expected to:
- Be financially independent - pay homestay fees to host family accordingly.
- Observe household rules and courtesies - be mindful that homestay is not a hotel.
- Organise your transport with the help of your host.
- Be responsible for personal expenses, ie telephone calls, public transport, entertainment and toiletries.
- Keep your bedroom clean and tidy.
- Inform your host about your movements, eg when dinner is not required or weekends away.
- Be considerate and keep noise to a minimum.
- Behave appropriately and be prepared to participate in reasonable family activities.
- Communicate your likes and dislikes politely.
- Help with simple household chores such as washing dishes, set table for meals or assist in the kitchen.
- Use household resources and facilities wisely, ie electricity, water, aircon, telephone or internet.
- Respect and be aware of cultural differences and beliefs of your host family.
- Be respectful. Men and women are treated equally in Australia. Women must be given the same respect as men.
- Be aware and abide by the laws of Australia eg no smoking in certain places, or wear a bicycle helmet.
Your homestay host may ask you to leave after 4 weeks if you do not observe household rules, common courtesies or respect your host family.
Students under 18 must remain in homestay until they turn 18 and cannot change homestay without obtaining prior approval from their education provider or BISS. DIAC will be notified of any unauthorised accommodation arrangements.