STUDY HABITS: International student Nagisa Kubota and home stay parent Gloria Powell encourage others to get involved with the program.
STUDY HABITS: International student Nagisa Kubota and home stay parent Gloria Powell encourage others to get involved with the program. Max Fleet

Open your home up to a whole world of learning

BUNDABERG'S only accredited school to take part in the International Students program is encouraging the whole community to support the initiative by registering to host an overseas student.

First-time host and Bundaberg resident Gail Powell said she was really enjoying the experience since welcoming Year 10 Japanese student Nagisa Kubota into her home at the beginning of the year.

"It's been really interesting," she said.

"You get to experience another culture and it also makes you look at your own culture.

"We've had a few funny moments where I've had to explain our language."

Ms Powell said with all her own children grown up, she was also enjoying the company.

"I really would encourage other families to host a student," she said.

"The process is simple and easy and the school helps out."

For Nagisa, the experience is invaluable as she sets her sights on a career with an international organisation.

"I want to work for UNICEF so I want to be able to understand other cultures," she said.

"It also helps me see Japanese culture from another country's perspective."

Bundaberg State High School home stay co-ordinator Leanne Rogers said the success of the program locally depended on families' willingness to get involved.

"The more families we have as hosts, the more students we can take," she said.

REQUIREMENTS

Caring English-speaking family

Individual furnished bedroom

All meals

Access to internet preferred

Easy access to Bundaberg High School

Minimum six months placement preferred

Eligibility for Blue Suitability Card from Commission for Children and Young People

Host families receive $205 per week to help cover costs



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