Submit your interest Submit the application of interest – it is by no means binding!
We will contact you We will contact you and tell you more about how it works to be a host family, answer your questions, and do a short interview. Later we match you with one of our lovely students according to your interests and preferences. You will get information about our students and get the chance to choose which student you want to welcome to your home.
Home visit Once you have chosen your student, your local representative will do a home visit and tell you more about being a host family. You will of course be able to ask questions about exchange students and host families. Your local representative is there for both you and your family and the student throughout the exchange period.
Get to know your exchange student Once you have decided which student you want to welcome, you start a host family application and pair with your student. You will then get each other’s contact details and get the opportunity to get to know each other before the exchange programme begins.
Now the adventures begin Now you can start preparing yourself and start enjoying the exciting time you have in front of you. We at STS organise everything regarding the student’s travel and exchange elsewhere, such as airline tickets, school placement, visa and insurance.
Do you want to become a host family?
Do you want to know more about becoming a host family? Express your interest in the form below. We will contact you and provide you with more information. An interest is, of course, not binding.
Being a host family is a great way to increase the understanding of other cultures and people. You get an extra family member to cherish and a new sibling for your children. It is also an opportunity to prepare for an academic year abroad, if one of the children of your family are planning to study abroad.
You register your interest, and will then get an introduction of the students that are coming to New Zealand. STS will do a home visit and thereafter you will get to choose a student that you believe will be a good fit for you and your family.
Being a host family is a voluntary initative. However STS in NZ do pay a weekly contribution towards costs to their host families. Being a host family is a unique experience, it is important that the exchange student feels like a family member.