Homestay

The aim of Homestay is to provide overseas students with local, warm and safe environs in which to live while they study.

St John’s Grammar School carefully selects Homestay families located nearby, to provide a safe and secure environment, all food, help with English and settling into Australian culture.

Homestays are arranged by the School for short term (up to 10 weeks) and long term students.¬†Homestay accommodation is arranged and managed by the International Student Services Officer at St John’s Grammar School.

Selection for Homestay families involves an application form, home visits, and police and reference checks for all household members over the age of 18. Homestay families live near or within easy access of the School, which minimises travel time and enables the international students to integrate well into the School and local community. Families are selected according to their application, interview, home visit, criminal history screening and suitable student match.

All students can expect to have their own bedroom and be cared for as a member of the host family. The International Student Services Officer maintains regular contact with the Homestay families to make sure students and families are happy and settled, and to answer any questions or issues that may arise.

How to Become a Homestay

Opening up your home to an international student is a mutually rewarding experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to  experience another culture and to share your own.

For more information about your role as a Homestay, reimbursement and what to expect, please refer to the Homestay Guidelines and Standards Handbook or contact the International Student Services Officer.

To lodge your application as a Homestay, please download and complete the Homestay Application Form and return to the International Student Services Officer.

If you have a current police check certificate, please return this with your application. Otherwise, please complete and return the DCSI Screening Application Form with your application.
(please note: you are only required to complete the sections that are highlighted)

After your application has been received and processed, the International Student Services Officer will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange a home visit.

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