West Moreton Anglican College promotes homestay accommodation for 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 25 minutes. Students may travel to school by bus, train or private car.
The Homestay Officer interviews families and assesses the accommodation to ensure the home is clean and comfortable and rooms are appropriately furnished, well-ventilated and secure.
Rooms as a minimum standard have a single bed and bedroom furniture including a wardrobe and storage space. Families are also required to provide study facilities for the student. Linen and blankets are provided and the student’s laundry is washed and ironed as part of the homestay fee. The student is expected to keep their bedroom and other personal areas neat and tidy. Meals are provided three times a day for the student.
Homestay families are instructed on cultural differences that may exist between Australian families and students from overseas, especially in relation to food. Students are encouraged to become part of their homestay family and often make friendships that can last a lifetime.
All host families in the West Moreton Anglican College Homestay Program undergo a rigorous selection process including a national police check. This process is conducted by the Government Blue Card Services. More detailed information can be found by visiting the website https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
Host families undergo orientation that includes an ethics document and signed acceptance of West Moreton Anglican College Homestay policies.
International students and host families can easily access the Homestay Coordinator during the school week as well as after hours, including 24 hour emergency contact.