Host Families Needed


Have you ever wondered where Princess Mary lives in Copenhagen, how to make your own Italian pasta, learn French, or perhaps want to learn more about the German Oktoberfest? 
Why not join Student Exchange Australia New Zealand (SEANZ) as a host family to welcome a new group of overseas students to New Zealand in June/July 2013.  These high school students will be arriving from 11 countries across Europe, Japan, the USA, and Latin America.

We are looking for host families across New Zealand to welcome these students into their home for anywhere between 2 and 10 months.    It is an experience that is often referred to as a way to ‘reignite your passion for New Zealand’, whilst at the same time creating bonds and sharing lifelong memories.

As host mum Christine, from Northland Region, commented, “One of the best things about having the boys stay with us has been experiencing NZ from their perspective.  They have helped us to see NZ, our culture, food, lifestyle, and community from a completely different perspective.  There are so many things that we take for granted or think of as being normal, but seeing things through their eyes has been a very rewarding and enlightening experience”.

Christine and husband Stephen found the experience extremely satisfying.   Christine commented, “Hosting has been a very rewarding experience for us.  We have enjoyed getting to know them and watching them adjust to life in a foreign country.  We are so glad that we hosted them together”.

Images on Nick & Dietmar’s visit can be found at

A hosting experience is an opportunity for both the exchange student and host family to learn firsthand about the world around them.  It is a unique experience to discover another culture, share your family values, and make lifelong memories and friendships.  Students become another member of the family, attend a local school, and are supported by local co-ordinators.
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the NZ Ministry of Education.  For further information please visit our website or call our New Zealand office on 0800 440 079 to speak with one of our Area Representatives in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, Christchurch and Wellington.

Our Hosting Co-ordinator, Sandra Harders is also available for interview on 0800 440 079.
For interviews and photographs opportunities with local families who have experienced hosting an exchange student, please call Justine Perry on 0800 440 079.
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