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Homestay Program


​Becoming an International Homestay family can be a very rewarding cultural experience.

International Students choose to pay a fee to live with an Australian host family as they wish to become a part of an Australian family, to experience how we live in our culture, to improve their English skills and be a valued family member within your family unit.
If you have considered becoming a host family and would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact Tanya Capra, our International Student & Homestay Coordinator, on 07 5540 9222 or via email on and she will gladly send you an information pack including:
• EQI Homestay Application Form
• EQI Homestay Terms & Conditions
• EQI Homestay Handbook
• Ormeau Woods SHS Homestay Bank Details Form
• Blue Card Application or renewal form/Exemption Application
• DET International Risk Management Strategy

Or alternatively you can download these documents on the right hand side of this page to complete. Once all forms have been completed Tanya Capra will arrange a suitable time to meet with you and inspect your home and discuss this rewarding opportunity with you.

Homestay Program for International Students

Living with an Australian host family during your stay at Ormeau Woods SHS is a great way to experience the Australian lifestyle and culture. Our International Student & Homestay Coordinator, Tanya Capra, will place you in one of Ormeau Woods SHS’ host families.  During your time with us you will be placed with a caring and supportive family, close to our school and only 30 minutes to both the busy metropolis of Brisbane and the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast 

Living with an Australian family also allows you to enhance your English skills and make lifelong friendships and connections.

The welfare of our International students at Ormeau Woods SHS is a top priority for us at all times. To ensure our International students have a wonderful and memorable experience during their stay with us, all of our Homestay Families are carefully selected by our International Student & Homestay Coordinator and are screened by a police and criminal history check to ensure they are a suitable host family for our program.
We know from experience that the placement of your host family is one of the most important aspects of your program, this is why our International Student & Homestay Coordinator encourages our future International students to write a letter of introduction to their prospective host families, so she can do her best to place you in the most suitable and compatible homestay family.
This may be a family with common interests and hobbies or perhaps a host sibling of a similar age to you or a family that can cater for your dietary requirements or individual needs.
Should our students experience any concerns in the homestay, our International Student & Homestay Coordinator will assist you with the matter so it can be resolved.

It is normal to feel uncomfortable at the beginning in your new host family, but our Ormeau Woods SHS host families are here to support you and make you a part of their family and educate you about our Australian culture and lifestyle.

So it is important you also try to make an effort in your family to fit in and become a valued family member.


Here are some helpful hints to consider: 
• Always speak English
• Learn about our Australian culture and try new things - even vegemite!
• Share information and facts about your culture to educate your host family 
• Make Australian friends
• Offer to help out in your Homestay with household chores or tasks
• Go on outings with your host family when you can
• Tell the host family about your day each night at meal times
• Make the most of every opportunity
• Always be respectful