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:
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.
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
Our exchange students usually stay in Sydney for four weeks or less. In 2017, we have exchange students from
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.
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.
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.
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
If you are interested in hosting a child from Germany or Italy this year, please get in touch with us.