Homestay: open your doors to the world

No matter where you come from life is better with  a warm, safe home and a delicious meal. Paula and Brendon’s house offers just that - plus two homestay sisters and three dogs. In 2019 it’s been home to Vietnamese students David and Danny who have quickly become part of the family.

It’s been a great learning experience for the students and their hosts. Everyone soon adapted to the challenges of cross-cultural communication. A language app initially came in handy, but now everyone’s learnt a lot of new words, “both the good ones and the not so good ones”, jokes Paula.

 The family didn’t know what to expect, but the boys have become part of the family. “It's been easy”, Brendon says, “they joined in with family activities, and we have loved taking them and their friends out and showing then around Taranaki. The boys love it here and think that New Zealand kids have a great lifestyle.”

Paula and Brendon are looking forward to hosting the boys again next year. But while Danny and David’s accommodation is sorted for next year, many schools have students looking for homestay families. Options range from the occasional weekend or school holiday stay for students in hostels, to short term hosting or full-time homestay.

Families get a small contribution towards their expenses, which helps balance the budget. For those families thinking about hosting students, Paula says “go for it, you’ll love it. Don’t be afraid to try something new and make life-long friendships.”

To find out more about homestays, contact  WITT or your local  high school or  drop us a line at Study@venture.org.nz
 

We have loved taking {our students] and their friends out and showing then around Taranaki. The boys love it here and think that New Zealand kids have a great lifestyle.”