Become a Homestay Host
Become an EQI Homestay Host
We are currently looking for homestay hosts who can offer a welcoming home to international students studying in Townsville.
Come along to our information evening to find out more.
When: 5.30 to 7pm, Tuesday 7 March 2017
Where: The Library, Kirwan State High School, Hudson Street, Townsville
RSVP: Rebecca Stacey email@example.com / 0467 804 403
International Students at Kirwan
Kirwan High has a proud tradition
of welcoming International Students to live and study in Townsville. The school
hosts students from all over the World, providing cultural richness to local
and international students, teachers and families.
For International Students Pia
Krammer (Austria), Pierre Wadenpohl (Germany), Miyu Tomari (Japan) and Feliza
Schorde (Germany), life at
school can be very different to their experience in their home countries.
Only Miyu was required to wear a
uniform at her school in Japan, and said that some schools in her area were
very strict – stricter than Kirwan! The rest of the group were not required to
wear a uniform – this was a big change, but one they have become used to.
The students discussed how
classes were made up of mostly the same students throughout high school, where
at Kirwan they get to experience more moving between classrooms, teachers and
also classmates. The HGR concept was also foreign to them, especially how
students from different year levels would interact with each other – however
they could see the value in these classes as the older students passed on
traditions and the house spirit.
For all, the swimming carnival
was a very new (yet fun) activity – these had not been experienced before they
came to Australia, but they all enjoyed the day! Their overseas schools did not
have house groups, but they all loved the spirit and competitiveness that they
The best part of school here at
Kirwan was that students were able to choose their subjects – and that there
were different subjects on offer. Students came to Kirwan for Marine Science
and also Dance. Pia enjoys Dance back home in Austria, but had not studied it at school so she is
enjoying the theory as well as the practical elements. Both Pierre and Feliza
enjoy Marine Science as it is not offered back in Germany – and it was the main
reason they chose to study at Kirwan. Students found that some subjects were
easier… and some required more writing!
The students chatted about their
home schools and how classes are made up of nearly all local students, with
very few International – a big difference from Kirwan. The concept of global
citizenship was new until they came to Kirwan, but they like the concept -
especially learning about other cultures and working together.
Pia, Pierre and Feliza said they
would like to return to Australia once they have finished their studies back
home to work and travel. The students are looking forward to the International
Student Camp to Airlie Beach in June this year – especially the beautiful
International students come to
Kirwan as part of a program that broadens their horizons and cultural
experiences. There is a continuation of their studies here at Kirwan, and
further study is required on their return home. International students are
motivated and keen to learn more about the world. Feliza is in Year 11 here,
but will have another three years of study to complete when she returns to
Germany in July.
International Students stay with
amazing Homestay Families who make their experiences valuable. There are some
families who take students year after year, but more are always needed. It is a
very rewarding experience for the International Students and the Homestay
Families. If you would like more information on the program, please contact
Elena Hawkins or Rebecca Stacey – firstname.lastname@example.org