IDP is an Australian organization specializing in international education services for Australia. One of those resources is a homestay guide called Say G’Day to Homestay. It is for Australia-bound international students who will be living with a local family. This is a brilliant guide. It answers questions about everyday life in Australia that foreigners may not know such as:
- How do I get to school?
- What will I eat?
- How do I dispose of household waste?
It also offers tips on laundry, lights, heating, using the telephone, home security, smoking and pets.
These are topics that locals take for granted because they seem second nature to us. The same issues confound and confuse the foreigner who may have no idea of what is expected or appropriate.
This guide is specifically for students going to Australia. If you’re not in Australia, go check it out anyway. Then ask yourself how you can provide a similar guide to your international students that will help them understand the same issues in your local area.
Here’s the link to the guide: http://www.idp.com/PDF/Say%20Gday%20to%20Homestay.pdf
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.