Our September Seminar!

WIN Consultation & Services wants to listen to you – our Homestay partners!

We at WIN Consultation & Services are always keen to listen to our homestay partners, what you have to say about hosting international students.

This is why we are hosting this seminar – where we can listen to your views and concerns, and for us to provide some relevant information on homestay!

Topics include:

  • Homestay-specific insurance
  • Security and safety for hosts and students
  • Compliance requirements and best practice – Working With Children Check
  • Express your views at our Homestay Host Roundtable!

Date: Thursday 24 September 2015

Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm

Address: Taylors College, 965 Bourkle Street, Waterloo.

Cost: FREE

We look forward to seeing you there!

Connect with us on Facebook!

WIN Consultation & Services are now on Facebook!

Social media has been the new wave of communication for some time. And we are constantly looking for new and better ways to listen to our homestay families, students, and partner colleges.

Which is why we are proud to unveil our Facebook page.

For our homestay partners who don’t have Facebook or choose not to use it, fear not, for we will continue to communicate important information through our traditional channels of email, this website, and phone calls from Winnie!

We look forward to connecting with you on Facebook – and beyond – in the near future!

Important notice to all homestay families

Dear partners in homestay,

We are grateful for your ongoing, courteous and professional support of our homestay students.

This is just a friendly reminder of a few common-sense matters relating to interacting with students, particularly those under the age of 18.

  • Please be mindful of students’ cultural sensitivities when it comes to demonstrating friendliness. No doubt you wish to make your students feel ‘at-home’ and welcomed; however you may wish to err on the side of caution about physical contact, for example hugging, touching (besides the standard hand-shake), or physical proximity.
  • Consider the use of speech/language that may imply a level of intimacy with students that they may otherwise not be ready to accept. We understand certain terms of endearment (eg. ‘darling’, ‘love’) may be traditionally positive; however given that our students may be unfamiliar with our culture, please be prudent in using such terms to avoid misunderstanding.
  • We understand that some homestay hosts elect to handle students’ washings. Whilst we are sure this is a generous gesture, please be mindful that some students may prefer to handle some or all of their personal items. Please don’t be dissuaded from showing your generosity, however you may wish to consider doing so on a general level (eg. ‘would you like me to do your washings?’)

We understand that the vast majority of homestay families do the right things and unpleasant experiences are extremely rare. Nevertheless I am sure you would agree that proactive steps would minimise even those very rare instances where misunderstandings may occur.

We thank you again for your consistent support for our international students. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.