Become a Host Family

Have you ever considered hosting an International Student from Europe, South America or Asia?

We are looking for families to become homestay providers to our international students. We need families for one term, two terms, and full-year periods.

Families are reimbursed $290 per week.

What kind of families are we looking for?

Warm, welcoming families where students are included and can experience the Kiwi lifestyle. Families need to be available and willing to spend time with their students and show them around Auckland.

Students should feel at home and integrated into your family’s life.

English must be your first language, and your culture in terms of food and lifestyle needs to be Kiwi or very similar to the Kiwi culture.


We understand that it is not always easy to make the decision to take an international student into your home; we will endeavour to provide all the information you require to help you to make a decision.

We try to match students to families with similar interests; the information you provide to us in the application form below helps us in this process.

View our Application Pack containing information on expectations and guidelines, or contact our International Homestay Coordinator:

We usually have 150 international students from 19 different countries, from 13 to 18 years old, and each one needs someone to care for them while they’re here.

Why host an international student?

Hosting an international student can be a really great experience for your family.

  • Perhaps you’d like your child to have the experience of having a brother or sister?
  • Maybe you want to help give your kids an opportunity to live with someone from a different culture, or learn another language, or just make a new friend?
  • Plus, if your kids have a bit of wanderlust, hosting a student gives them an opportunity to visit that student later overseas.
  • We know hosting students isn’t cheap, so we pay our families a fee of $290 per week for hosting a student for us.

International Homestay Co-ordinator

A peak body for schools supporting international students in the education sector

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