Northcote College administers its own homestay programme. The programme is managed by Rebecca Philipson our homestay officer. All prospective homestays are interviewed and police vetted and their homes inspected according to the requirements of the Code of Practice. Our top priority is for a home where the hosts are kind and caring.
What Students Say
"My host mother is the best! She made me feel like I’m in my own home." Andres, Chile.
"The food in my homestay is delicious! My host mom is the best cook." Tianjiao, China –
"I love my bedroom – it is very big and I’m very happy with it." David, Spain –
"I’m having a great time in New Zealand. I’m making friends, going to interesting places, learning lots of new things and my family is lots of fun.” Rodrigo, Brazil
"The best thing about living with my host family is that they take me to a lot of different places, and they are so funny” Mathias, Brazil.
Homestay students are regularly monitored and are supplied with their own room and three meals per day. Provision for change is available.
Students who are not living in a school administered homestay may live with:
- Designated Caregiver
This is a 'bona fide' relative or close family friend designated in writing by the parents of an international student as the caregiver and accommodation provider for that student. If Northcote College had any concerns regarding the welfare of a student who was living with a designated caregiver, the school may refer for further action or refer the matter to the relevant child welfare authorities, or any appropriate agency in New Zealand and may relocate the student to an approved school homestay.
This means the father or mother of an international student and includes a court appointed guardian or a person who meets the requirements of the New Zealand Immigration Service guardian visa/permit.
Parents can not leave New Zealand without giving Northcote College adequate notice of the alternative arrangements for the care of their son/daughter. If these provisions do not meet with the school's approval, Northcote College may make the appropriate arrangements for the student. The student's parents will need to meet the cost of these arrangements. Students living with parents must still be monitored by the school. Please note that no international student may drive a car while enrolled at Northcote College regardless of their accommodation arrangement.