Information for home stay families

Thank you for your interest in becoming a home stay family with Host Families NZ. The stages of the application process are as follows:

  1. Apply: Please complete the online host application
  2. Interview: After we have received your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview.
  3. Background check: Our host families must obtain a criminal records check for all members in the household who are over the age of 18.
  4. Wait for a match: Once we have received all of your documentation, your application is considered complete. We will then include you in our searches when we receive student applications.

Becoming a Home Away from Home

HFNZ offers great value and a dedicated team of caring professionals that ensure participants have an ultimately safe, enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience. We carefully match each student or visitor with our host families by providing each party with a detailed profile.

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  • My name is Anja and I'm from Germany. Before I came to NZ Host Families gave me some data about my homestay. It was really comforting to know where I have to live the next months. In my homestay lived two children who was very nice and it was really helpfull for improving my english to speak with them. Unfortunately the familiy moved to another house and there was not enough place for me. Host Families looked for a new homestay and I could tell them my wishes. The change was fast and easy. The new family was really nice too and I felt welcome. All in all I was very content with Host Families and if I go back to NZ I will live in a homestay again.

    - Anja, Germany

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