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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 93 homestay and adapting to a new school Many Australian schools offer homestay for international students. Wesley College, Melbourne, explains the homestay experience and the support it provides for its international students. WEll-mAtchEd homEstAY FAmiliEs Our homestay program carefully matches students with local Australian families. Settling in, feeling at home and supported is a crucial factor in helping students adjust to a different cultural context. Homestay families are carefully selected and well supported; both students and homestay adaptation and happiness are regularly monitored by our homestay staff, who are on call to assist students 24 hours a day. From 13 to 20 years of age is the wonderland of our life, the years of ideals. We are the discoverers of our lives and our world is new every day. While this is true for all young people, how much more intense is this time for our overseas students, who have sailed to new shores, without their parents, to participate in, and experience a new culture, a new education system, a new home and family. Wesley’s ethos, characterised by personal support, is reflected in the additional and multi-faceted care and support given to our overseas students by our community. >Find out morE Wesley college melbourne Web : www.wesleycollege.net Email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +61 3 8102 6888 Above: Wesley has support programs and homestay arrangements to help its international students settle into their new study life. The first weeks of a new student’s experience in Australia and at school can influence their chance of success. Their transition into, and progress at, Wesley College are supported through the school’s comprehensive pastoral care, academic and homestay programs. These programs reflect a rich ethos of personal support that characterises and distinguishes Wesley. orientAtion And mentoring progrAms Our pastoral care support is reflected in our student orientation and mentoring programs. These are designed to familiarise new students with the school in a structured way; and to help them develop positive relationships with more experienced Wesleyans. The orientation program provides vital information and explains aspects of the school. The mentor program offers guidance, support and encouragement to the new students. Both programs aim to smooth the transition process. cAring for internAtionAl students Our care for our overseas students is viewed within the context of the life cycle of the students from recruitment to alumni. The pastoral and academic care given international students requires additional layers of support: academic, pastoral, locating suitable accommodation, monitoring welfare out-of-school hours, communicating with homestays, guardian and parents. Many aspects of life, that for our local students is done by their parents, for our overseas students becomes their own responsibility, with the support of their homestay and their school. Our overseas students must understand a new school and a new education system whilst learning in English. They also need to master the ability to move between cultures, operate in the adult realms of money and government regulations, handle the complexity of communication, deal with a different health system, different consumer behaviour and practice, and understand their responsibilities and rights. Homestays are very often the vital link that aid students in their understanding of a new culture, school and education system. It is very often the homestay parents who will be assisting students to understand and operate effectively in their new surroundings. For all students, adolescence is a time of discovery, a time to explore their ideals, and determine where they are moving, what they will do, how they will stamp the mark of their individuality in the world. For our overseas students, this becomes an even more complex process which, when well-supported, is wonderfully rewarding and enriching for both our international students and for our local homestay families. ●
Australia The Education Destination 2011
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