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Homestay Information 2012 - General

Homestay Information 2012 - General

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Making Futures Happen Academy Homestay Information

Homestay is a wonderful choice for international students. It enables the student to experience New Zealand culture while in a safe, homely environment. Some general information about the homestay package follows:

1. Cost of homestay: $245 per week. There is also a one-off administration fee of $350 for arrangement of the homestay. The sum is payable to MFH and is then transferred to the homestay family on your behalf for your convenience. 2. Homestay accommodation includes: a) airport pick-up by the homestay family b) bedroom furnished with bed, desk and chair, lamp, mirror, heater, and either wardrobe or drawers c) 3 meals per day are provided d) Electricity and hot water provided e) Laundry facilities provided, (but it’s up to you to do it!) f) a warm, friendly, family environment 3. Meals – New Zealanders might have different foods or mealtimes to what you are familiar with. Some helpful information follows: Breakfast: People tend to eat a quick breakfast of toast and spreads or cereal before school and work. A drink such as juice or milk is common, and there is nearly always coffee or tea. Since people are hurrying to go to work, it is generally up to the students to prepare the breakfast from the available ingredients. English-style breakfast such as eggs and sausages is popular but rarely eaten at home. Lunch: There is usually an hour taken for lunch. Most people will eat a sandwich they have prepared in the morning, and some other ingredients like fruit, muesli bars. Most likely the homestay will prepare sandwiches and give you fruit or something sweet. As the lunch break is not long, it’s rare to eat hot food at lunch time. Dinner: The main meal of the day is in the evening. This is when you will eat a hot meal cooked by the homestay family. Many international influences are found on the NZ dinner table: pasta, salads, rice, meat, fish, vegetables and curries. The homestay family will be open to suggestions, and it is up to you to discuss with

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your family if you have special dietary requirements, or would like to incorporate some of your traditional foods into the meals. 4. Internet – Some families will have internet in the home, but not all. If there is no internet, you can use it in the MFH computer suite or at one of the many internet cafes situated around Wellington. 5. Daily life – In homestay accommodation, you are considered to be a member of the family and participation in the daily life of the house is encouraged. In order to get the most out of your New Zealand homestay experience you should feel free to talk to the hosts to practice your English, eat dinner with them, help with cooking dinner or doing dishes, or other tasks. They will be your NZ “family”, so you should feel comfortable around them! “Mum” usually prefers if you clean your room yourself. 6. Temperatures – Wellington is known for chilly winds during the winter. Do prepare yourself for some cool temperatures if you are arriving in winter, and bundle up with a jacket and scarf. 7. Transport – Most homestay families are located in suburbs around the Wellington peninsula. Some people may choose to walk or bike to work or school in warm weather, but train or bus is the most common transport for homestay students. Around 20-40 minutes each day should be budgeted for travel time. Bus costs vary depending on the region, but a snapper bus card helps by giving a discount on all bus tickets. Transport is not included in the homestay fees (except initial pick up and final airport drop off.)

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