Host a Wodonga Senior Secondary International Student… your home

Help an exchange student realise their dreams to go global

Hosting an exchange student in your home is a great way to learn about a new culture and share your own culture and values. Children often enjoy being cultural ambassadors, introducing their new brother or sister to local customs, traditions and national holidays. Everything from preparing meals to sightseeing are opportunities to discover and appreciate cultural and other differences.

What does a host family do?
Host families help students navigate their new schools and communities, make friends, learn the language and enjoy their time while studying in Australia or performing in the Fruit Fly Circus. Sharing culture and traditions help families bond, creating lifelong friendships.

What is expected of host families?

  1. Welcome your student to participate in your family’s daily lives and events
  2. The same care, support and comfort you provide to other members of your family, including meals.

How much will you get paid to host a Student?
A weekly payment of $290 that covers expenses associated with the provision of the following homestay services:

  • Single bedroom for the student’s exclusive use
  • Three meals per day, seven days per week (cooked evening meal)
  • Facilities including a bed, wardrobe, towels and linen
  • Gas, electricity, heating and water costs
  • Cleaning services of common living areas
  • Use of living areas within residence
  • Study facilities, including a desk, study light and bookcase

What is a host families financial obligations?
Students arrive with their own spending money for social and school activities, clothes, etc. As a host family, you will not need to provide spending money or an allowance. We will discuss how school related costs are handled.

Host families that take on Fruit Fly Circus School Students will have an obligation to pick up students from training four (4) days a week at 7.00pm and one (1) day a week 6.00pm and to be available for any other activities that may arise to do with the Fruit Fly Circus.

Where do our international students come from?
Students come from China, Vietnam and have demonstrated the maturity and motivation to study abroad.  students are: usually between 15-18 years old on arrival, committed to actively participate in education and they are considered a good student in their home country, in good general health and are curious, flexible and open-minded.

Where do our Fruit Fly Circus Students come from?
All over Australia.

Download College Homestay Policy

Contact Melanie McClure for more information about our program: melanie.mcclure@wssc.vic.edu.au

 

2014 Chinese Student Tour
In 2014 the college welcomed 20 Chinese visitors to the College. The group stayed with us for a week. The 17 students ranged from age 7-16. The week was action packed with barely a spare minute. The students were all hosted by Home Stay families for 4 nights. Feedback from families was that this was not long enough and they would have loved to spend more time with their students. The experience of hosting has enriched the lives of each family and they thoroughly embraced the opportunity. The group was accompanied by Lenry (Principal of Easy Foreign International Language School, WeiHai) and Eleanor (Chinese Coordinator in Weihai). The group was shown around our college and also participated in a short Wodonga local area tour. The students were able to experience EAL, Information Technology and AAP Maths classes and a Sport & Recreation session. We then departed for a day trip to Mt Pilot, Woolshed Falls and Beechworth. The students were encouraged to use their English skills to order lunch at the Beechworth Bakery. A little bit of shopping was completed with the honey shop being very popular. The evening was spent with the Host family.
china visitors

 

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CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K

 

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