Most of the schools place the students in host families. There is the option to live in campus/dormitory at St Pauls’ Collegiate in Hamilton or Otago Boys High School in Dunedin, but this option is not available all of the year because of limited spaces.
- The host families are carefully chosen by the schools to meet the needs of each individual student.
- Host families are visited, interviewed & monitored by the schools Home Stay Co-ordinators and also vetted by the New Zealand Police.
- STB has a database of experienced home stay families who have hosted students for many years.
Our team of coordinators travel around New Zealand every semester to visit the host families and catch up with our students.
The host families must provide a safe environment for our students with a private bedroom, breakfast, lunch (i.e. sandwiches, fruits etc that they will eat at school) and dinner daily. In New Zealand, dinner is the main meal of the day and we do encourage our students to be home for that.
Profile of the host families:
Every student enrolled with STB Pacific will receive the host family profile before departing your country.
There are no maids in New Zealand so the students are expected to help with some house chores and to keep their room tidy.
The host families can be composed of both parents or solo mothers/fathers with children or no children at home. It is also common to have host parents from different nationalities because New Zealand is a young and multicultural country.
Some host families host more than one international student but we do not place two Brazilian students in the same family unless it is a special request from parents.
New Zealanders love animals and most host families will have a pet (dog or cat). In special circumstances (for the students with allergies) a family without pets can be arranged.
OUR COORDINATORS KEEP IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH THE HOST FAMILIES AND HOMESTAY CO-ORDINATORS FROM THE SCHOOLS TO HELP THE STUDENTS TO ADJUST