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September 23, 2022

Experience another culture at home – hosting opportunities in 2017

Host an exchange student in 2017! Hosting a foreign exchange student is a fantastic opportunity for your family to get to know a different culture at home. Our short-term hosting programs provide a broad educational experience for students and increase an overall understanding of the other culture and language. Here is an overview of how you can get involved:

EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Our exchange students are usually between 15 and 17 years old and study English at high school. Their motivation to participate in this program is to improve their language skills and also get to know Sydney and the Aussie culture.

ABOUT OUR HOST FAMILIES

Host families need to have a son or daughter at a similar age to the exchange student that attends high school in Sydney. It is not a condition that they study the same language as the exchange student’s native language. Australian host families need to be willing to

  • Offer a welcoming and caring environment for our students
  • Provide for this additional member of the family including a separate bed and three meals per day
  • Treat your guest as a member of the family with the same rules and household chores as other children in the family
  • Learn about other cultures and be open minded
  • Be flexible, patient and help the foreign exchange student to learn about and adjust to the Australian culture, school system and way of living
  • Provide transportation for the exchange student as necessary
  • Familiarise your student with your suburbs and surroundings and promote participation in after school and community events

DURATION AND DATES

Our exchange students usually stay in Sydney for four weeks or less. In 2017, we have exchange students from

  • Germany 14 July – 9 August 2017
  • Italy 20 July – 6 August 2017
  • Germany 7 October – 3 November 2017

SCHOOL LIFE

On most days, the exchange student will attend school with their host brother or sister. This is a great way for them to experience the cultural differences and to understand the Australian school system. Your visitor should participate in all activities – at school and after school.

ACTIVITIES AND TOURS

Whilst in Sydney, the students have scheduled excursions on some school days; approximately one tour per week. These trips are for the exchange students only and include excursions to the CBD, Canberra, the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park. All these excursions are planned by Exchange Me and fully paid for by the exchange students. We will ask you to provide transportation or assistance to your exchange students to meet the group at a central meeting point. You will receive the final itinerary with detailed day-to-day activities closer to the student’s arrival.

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

Our exchange students arrive with their own spending money for social and school activities, clothes, etc. In addition to that, we provide your guest with a pre-paid Opal card to use for public transportation and an Australian SIM card. As a host family, you will not need to provide spending money or an allowance. We will discuss how school related costs are handled. Exchange Me does appreciate your commitment to international exchange, however please note that as a volunteer host family, you will not receive any compensation.

CHAPERONES AND STAFF MEMBERS

The group of exchange students usually arrive with at least one English teacher or chaperone. The Exchange Me team will also be available 24/7 throughout the exchange. The chaperones and staff members will

  • Provide assistance if the student requires medical attention
  • Help overcome problems between the student and the host families
  • Help overcome language barriers where necessary

If you are interested in hosting a child from Germany or Italy this year, please get in touch with us.

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