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In April, May, June and July we will be receiving exchange students from France, Denmark, Finland and Germany. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 3, 5 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages. To this end, we would be grateful if you would place a notice in your newsletter or mention it on your website. You can download the newsletter notice here in pdf  format or as an image.

Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local. Below is a sample of students who will be arriving.

2948974.pngAnna is a 16 year old student from Denmark. She tells us she is looking forward to experiencing a different culture, meet new people and see how they live while in New Zealand. Anna describes herself as quiet at first, happy and adventurous. In her spare time, Anna enjoys skiing, playing games, sleeping out in nature and hanging with her friends. At home, she helps with the grocery shopping, vacuuming and cleaning the house.

2960197.png15 year old student Lene is a student from Germany who is also learning Spanish. Her main hobby is hockey which she plays once a week and also teaches younger children to play. Lene is looking forward to learning more about the culture, people and language while in New Zealand. She also hopes to speak fluent English by the end of her exchange. Lene describes herself as curious, social, responsible, adaptable and willing to help out when needed. She helps at home by cleaning her room, doing the dishes and hanging out the washing.

2948975.png16 year old student Aino from Finland also speaks Swedish. Her hobbies are hiking, scouting, snowboarding, climbing and jogging. Aino describes herself as a happy and helpful person. She is very active and is looking forward to joining in some new activities with her host family and improving her English while in New Zealand. She helps look after the family dog and general cleaning around the home.

You can view more profiles of students arriving soon from our website. Please note that this is just a handful of the students who will be arriving. If families would like a selection of student profiles sent to them to review and decide which student may fit into their family best, please contact us or reply to this email.

The Stuart family were thrilled to have Danish student Simon stay with them for 8 months. As commented by host mum Victoria, “it has been a fantastic experience.  Simon has been an awesome role model to our two young children, he has been like an older brother to them.” Victoria continues, “the experience has benefited us too, as it has allowed us to have greater free time and flexibility as a family. I was very impressed with Simon, as within the first couple of days he was here, he asked what should his chores be?”

“Just give it a go, the benefits will surprise you.  I highly recommend it”, mentions Australian Host Dad Andrew, from the Stuart family.  “Not only do your children benefit, but the benefits exist for the parents too.”  Host Dad, Andrew continues, “We are so lucky to have Simon come stay with us.  He is a fantastic student, easy going and not very demanding.  He has fitted into the Australian way of life so easy. He even obtained his Bronze Medallion.  We are so proud of Simon.”

Check out what some of our families who have hosted have to say about their experience by clicking here: host family testimonials.

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with the Ministry of Education in NZ and all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia.  We were the first secondary exchange organisation in the world to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting your students, families or language teachers have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries, they can respond to this notice, call our office on 0800 440 079 or visit our website. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to their family. No obligation.

Please note that the purpose of this notice is to find families to host international exchange students.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Sandra Harders
Hosting Family Placement Manager

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