WestMAC operates a high quality homestay program for visiting international students as research has shown students improve their English more quickly when immersed in a homestay environment.
All homestay families live within a reasonable distance of the College and many have children of their own attending WestMAC. The average travelling time for students to the College is 20-25 minutes. Students may travel to school by bus, train or private car. The cost of transport is the responsibility of students.
Host families and all accommodation is assessed to ensure rooms are clean, well ventilated, secure and comfortable. Each room will be appropriately furnished with a bed, study desk, lamp and other bedroom furniture. Students are responsible for their own internet services while Host families provide three meals and snacks each day, and are responsible for the student’s laundry.
Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2011. All host families who participate in the College homestay program are required to undergo a rigorous selection process including a National Police Check and Student Protection training. Suitable applicants are issued with a Positive Notice and a Blue Card. Every member of the host family who is over 18 years must hold a current Blue Card that is linked to the College. Host families and homestay students are regularly monitored to ensure the placement is suitable.
Students submit a homestay application once they have enrolled. The information provided is used to match the student to the most suitable host family. The Homestay Officer makes every effort to meet all requests, prioritising requirements such as allergies, religious needs and dietary restrictions. Long term students of the same nationality are not placed together unless they are siblings or there are special circumstances to be considered.
Host families are instructed on cultural differences that may exist between Australian families and students from overseas. Families are required to attend compulsory orientation sessions to assist them to care for and understand students from different backgrounds. Students can request a change of host family at the end of each term and must give two weeks’ notice. All applications to change families must be approved by the parents and the Director of International Student Programs.
olicies. Students can speak with the Homestay Officer during office hours and are provided with two 24 hour contact numbers for after-hours emergencies.
Homestay – a great alternative
- Peace of mind – police check
- Caring family environment
- Select the family that suits you
- Improve your English
- Experience Australian culture
- Families involved in College life
- Placements monitored
- Build lifelong friendships
- Ongoing host family training
- Dedicated and accessible staff
- 24 hour emergency contacts