For students travelling to Australia without a parent or guardian, St Paul’s has its own School run Homestay Program, providing 24 hour support to both students and homestay families. Our Homestay Coordinator will meet with each student before they depart their home country to talk about what type of family they would like to live with, and will then carefully select a family that best matches the student’s needs. The School will facilitate communication between the student, their parents and agent (if requested) and their new homestay family before they depart for Australia, so they can start to connect and feel more comfortable before they arrive.
There are many benefits to students living with a Homestay Family, including speaking English in the home and becoming more familiar with the Australian accent, full immersion into Australian life, and gaining confidence in navigating public transport systems and the local areas. We have many past students who have remained in touch with their homestay families for many years after graduating from St Paul’s School and still visit when they are in Brisbane.
The St Paul’s School Homestay Program is run 100% by the School and is not outsourced to other providers. Homestay families are carefully selected and all homes are assessed and approved by the School. Ongoing monitoring and inspections are conducted throughout the year to ensure each family is continuing to meet their obligations to our students.