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Avondale College welcomes students from all over the world, and having the opportunity to live with a “Kiwi” family is an invaluable part of their experience. Our hope is that families will provide a positive experience for our students and at the same time enjoy the enriching experience of hosting a student from another culture.

  • All host parents must be over 25 years old.

  • Students must have their own bedroom within the house (they cannot share a room with anyone, and cannot live in a sleepout/separate space from the house)

  • Provide your student with three meals a day and access to snacks.

  • At least one host parent must have a full drivers licence and their own vehicle

  • A safe and friendly living and studying environment.

  • Make the student feel comfortable and like they are part of the family.

  • Homestay payments are currently $330 per week, paid fortnightly.​ This will increase to $350 per week from 6 July 2024.

  • Fortnightly payments are paid by the school to you on a Friday, one week in advance and one week in arrears.

  • All homestay payments are made through Avondale College and will be in the form of direct credit into a bank account provided by the homestay family.

  • When a student is away for a period of 10 nights or more, a holding fee of $10 per night will be paid for the duration of the absence instead of the normal payment.

  • Complete a homestay assessment interview with all host parents present.

  • Agree to a police vetting check on all persons aged 18 years or over residing in the house.

  • Supply at least two character references for Avondale College to check.

  • Sign a Homestay Carer agreement with Avondale College.

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