Here are some of the reasons why we recommend that you use UQ-ICTE homestay over other agencies:

  1. A rigorous recruitment and selection process ensures that students are placed in quality homestays.
  2. UQ-ICTE offers in-house support and counselling to both host families and students.
  3. A supportive and interactive homestay creates a stable environment for students, which leads students to academic success.

Featured Host

We have been in contact with Jodie Lothian who has kindly agreed to be featured in the agent bulletin. We took the liberty to ask Jodie to answer some questions regarding homestay.

How did you find out about homestay and what motivated you to become hosts?

One of my friend’s mother is a homestay host and mentioned we should be a homestay host and fill our spare room.

The next thing we did was to find out some more information via the website, and have an interview and home visit from one of the members of the homestay team.

How have you enjoyed the homestay experience?

Homestay has been fun and exciting! It has its challenges like with anything (sometimes language), but once you get over an obstacle it’s very rewarding. I highly recommend becoming a homestay host to anyone who is open- minded, has patience, and would love to learn about other cultures/sharing your life with others.

What are your favourite things about hosting, and your favourite activities to do with your students?

My favourite thing about being a homestay host is sharing many experiences with our students, especially things they haven’t experienced before. Examples of some activities –  Going to the Abbey Medieval Festival – getting dressed up, eating toffee apples and watching jousting; holding a koala, feeding and patting kangaroos; visiting one of the many beautiful beaches; going out for one of our famous steaks/meat pies; taking road trips to new places or having an Aussie BBQ. It’s great that the students are very open-minded about trying new things J.

Have you felt supported by the homestay office during your time hosting?

Yes, the team at homestay has been fantastic and is always happy to answer any enquiries you may have.