Families across Perth needed to host Japanese exchange students

The Prendergast family with Japanese exchange student Ayane Sekido.
The Prendergast family with Japanese exchange student Ayane Sekido.

HOST families across Perth are needed to accommodate high school students from Japan for one to two weeks over the coming months.

Gold Intercultural Learning (GIL) managing director Jason Hutchinson said hosting an international student had many benefits, including learning about another culture and language, developing lasting friendships, sharing your own way of life, and enjoying fun experiences with your host student.

“For these students and their families who send them here, Perth represents an idyllic lifestyle synonymous with sun, space and safety,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“However, they are not the only ones benefiting from the exchange.

“Many families who have hosted international students through GIL have remained in touch with them after their stay, and even visited them in their home country.”

He said hosting was an integral part of an international student experiencing Australian culture, and it could be as simple as involving them in the daily routine, such as walking the dog, kicking a ball in the park, enjoying a barbecue or helping with chores.

Host families will also receive extensive assistance, including payment for the duration of the student’s stay, 24-hour bilingual support and a face-to-face visit from a GIL representative to ensure the experience is easily manageable for busy families.

The Griffiths-Grave family has been a host family through GIL four times.

Zane Griffiths-Grave with Japanese exchange student Koki.

“We often wonder why it took us so long to welcome exchange students from Japan into our family and home,” mum Nicole said.

“ To those who have the room and a bed and the ability to open their hearts, please don’t hesitate to reach out and host.

“It’s super easy to become a host family, the hardest part is having to say goodbye when they leave.”

Peter Moyes principal Benjamin Lomas said having international students visit brought a “wonderful diversity” to the school.

Year 10 Japanese student Yuika Ono added that she enjoyed eating lunch outside with her new friends.

“In Japan students each lunch in the classroom,” she said.

Call Gold Intercultural Learning on 9444 7687 or 0438 871 451 or email homestay@goldil.com.au.

Schools taking part in exchanges
Swan Valley Anglican Community School
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
St Mark’s Anglican Community School
John Wollaston Anglican Community School
St James Anglican School Mar
Byford Secondary College
Penrhos College
Newton Moore Senior High School
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School