Ex­change stu­dents open up world

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Could you host a for­eign ex­change stu­dent in your home?

Stu­dent Ex­change Aus­tralia New Zealand is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion reg­is­tered with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. The or­gan­i­sa­tion is look­ing for host fam­i­lies across New Zealand to wel­come an over­seas stu­dent into their home for any­where from two months to 10 months.

The Cain fam­ily are thrilled to have French stu­dent Claire stay with them.

‘‘She is won­der­ful,’’ host mother Trudie Cain says. ‘‘Claire fits in eas­ily with fam­ily life and adapted well to pre­par­ing her own break­fast and lunch dur­ing the week.

‘‘Her warm and easy go­ing na­ture made it easy for all the fam­ily to get along with her in­stantly.

‘‘She was very happy to hang out with the fam­ily, pre­pare meals and as­sist in clear­ing up af­ter meals.’’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion says host­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is an op­por­tu­nity for both the ex­change stu­dent and host fam­ily to learn about the world around them. It is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to dis­cover an­other cul­ture, share your fam­ily val­ues, and make life­long mem­o­ries and friend­ships.

Stu­dents be­come an­other mem­ber of the fam­ily, at­tend a lo­cal school

and are sup­ported by lo­cal co­or­di­na­tors. They all have a ba­sic level of English.

Visit stu­den­tex­change.org.nz call 0800 440 079.

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