Hosting International Students – A wider view

March 1st, 2019

Japanese-student

Mater Christi College and Homestay Hosts have had the privilege and responsibility to welcome, support and work with international students for over thirty years.  We have witnessed many truly amazing stories of courage, learning, struggles and success.

The College enrols up to 30 international students at any time. Many commence during Year 9 or 10 while some are younger.  Most of the girls aim to enter an Australian University and gain an internationally recognised qualification to pursue careers in their home country or abroad.

When the girls commence at Mater Christi, it is the beginning of an extraordinary period of generally over 6 years of living and studying away from home. It is difficult for us to imagine making such a choice and the courage required to meet the challenges involved. At the same time, our international students are just like any local adolescent girl.

Pictured above are Yiyi and Sienna who arrived in Australia in 2016 and 2018 respectively. They have both enjoyed making new friends. Sienna enjoys playing her guitar and Yiyi appreciates “feeling the warmth of family at MCC”.

The girls particularly love dinner time with their Homestay Hosts as they cook together, try new foods, talk, play games and most importantly build understanding and special bonds.

Consider the possibilities of hosting for your family or for someone you know.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest in hosting international students. Being a Homestay Host can be a very rewarding experience, often leading to lifelong memories and associations. Click here for more details including guidelines, payment and the application process or call me (9757 0810) to discuss the possibilities.

Kylie Lee
Registrar