Urgently Seeking Host Families for Corinda and Balmoral

Urgently Seeking Host Families for Corinda and Balmoral!



Balmoral State High School

We are honoured to be receiving a cohort of Utsunomiya Kita High School students from Tochigi Prefecture.

3 – 17 March, 2024

Ages 14 – 16

One or two students per household



Corinda State High School

We are honoured to be receiving a cohort of Niigata Meikun students from Niigata Prefecture.

6 – 11 March, 2024

Ages 14 – 16

One or two students per household


We ask host families to please provide three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), accompany students to and from school, ensure students have their own beds (sharing a room is welcome), and to treat students as family during their visit.


Contact homestay@edventureconsulting.com for more information



By |2024-01-17T06:27:13+00:00January 15th, 2024|News|0 Comments

Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

  • student holding sea slug

Have you ever wondered why people choose to host an international student?   The Jackson family started hosting over 15 years ago, when their eldest daughter was in Prep.  We decided to ask them for their story.

When did you start hosting?
We first started hosting when Dana (eldest child) was in Prep.   That was about 15 years ago.  Over the years we have hosted so many students and each one was a great experience for the family!

Why did you decide to host?
I (Jenni – host mother) was an exchange student when I was in high school, and I wanted other teenagers to have that same experience.  It’s a way of giving back to the community.  The first time we hosted was through my children’s school and we just kept hosting from then on.

What was one of your best memories of hosting?
One time, my children and the student who we were hosting, put on a show for our extended family.  There was singing and dancing, and the student did some traditional games and songs from Japan.  It was a real turning point in the relationship we had with that student – he came out of his shell and really started communicating with us

What is something your family has learned from another culture?
For the children, it would have to be Origami – they loved it.   During one hosting, a student gave the children an Origami book, and they still pull it out from time to time and enjoy making Origami.   We also learned that kids are kids, no matter where they come from.

What kind of activities do you do with your students, and what do they most enjoy?
Every student we host is given the experience of a cookout – BBQ and billy tea.   We encourage them to help with the BBQ cooking.   For many students it is their first experience of outdoor cooking, and they love it.   Apart from that, we like to take them to the beach, or into the city.  Students also seem to enjoy visits to the local markets.  Look in your local area – there are often special events and free activities for you to enjoy with your student.

What advice do you have for future host families?
Encourage your student to come out of their room and join the family.   If they say they have homework, ask them to do it at the dining table – that way you can see what they are learning in class, and help them.  It also works as a way to encourage communication.   Involve them in games such as Uno.  Often students will come out of their room if you ask them to play!  Another good way to involve them in family life and have fun.

Would you recommend hosting?
Absolutely!  For families with young children in particular – give it a try, your children will love it and international students love spending time with the younger children.

By |2021-03-23T04:50:55+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Host Family Stories, News|Comments Off on Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

Why become a Host Family?

Why should you host an international student?  

Hosting an international student is a rewarding experience for both your family and for the visiting student.  When you host a student from another part of the world, you are doing your part in promoting friendship, understanding, and cooperation.  Participating in homestay programs allow us to better understand our differences and appreciate our similarities.  Here are some good reasons to host:

  1. Share our unique Australian Culture
    This is your opportunity to show visitors why Australia is the lucky country. Our lifestyle, the customs we celebrate, and the values we live by. As we enter an increasingly global society, international understanding and respect are becoming increasingly important. Becoming a host family is your opportunity to be a cultural guide.
  2. Learn about another culture
    Host family / international student relationships go both ways. While your hosted student is soaking up our culture, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to learn about theirs. It’s a cultural bonding experience like no other.
  3. Have fun
    Families who have hosted students in the past have told us how much fun the experience was. There are lots of laughs and celebration – and when it is over, most host families agree that the experience was rewarding and enriching.
  4. Reconnect with your Community
    When you’re a local, it’s easy to take every day attractions for granted. But when you host a student, you’ll reconnect with the history of your hometown, the landmarks, the beaches, volunteer opportunities, cuisine and so much more.
  5. Make friendships that last a lifetime
    The hosting experience rarely ends when your international student says goodbye. The connections that are made are real and long-lasting. Many host families plan trips to visit their student in his/her home country, and students often revisit Australia – and their host family – in the future.

Contact us to become an EdVenture host family today!

happy host family with student
A day out for a host family and student at the beach

By |2021-03-23T04:52:43+00:00May 21st, 2020|News|0 Comments