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As a GBS Homestay Host you need to provide the student with their own furnished bedroom, access to laundry facilities and a quiet area to study. Homestay also needs to provide breakfasts (these can be on a “serve yourself” basis) a substantial cooked dinner (meat and vegetables) and lunch depending on the package selection (prepare yourself basis) on weekends. Weekday lunches are sometimes required but this is by prior arrangement and extra remuneration is provided. Hosts must be prepared to spend time talking to their students particularly over the dinner table, this is especially important to students learning English. A Host is expected to familiarize their student with the local area and the available public transport. The student is also encouraged to share with the host information about their home country and culture. This interaction is what makes homestay ideal for students and hosts looking for a unique cultural experience. For further information on hosting responsibilities please CLICK HERE
Assistance orientating the student into their environment on arrival including where and how to catch public transport, transport card, sim card and local attractions and shopping locations. Students purchase their own transport and sim cards they just need a little assistance·
A private, furnished room with a window, a bed, wardrobe, drawers and bedside light
A desk in the bedroom or a quiet area in the home for study
Adequate heating and cooling
Utilities (gas and electricity)
Meals- A substantial dinner, breakfasts and lunch on weekends ( if requested)
Communal sundries such as toilet paper and soap and basic items such as light bulbs.
Linen and towels
A safe, friendly, caring environment
Telephone- Students are encouraged to have mobile phones and they can get International calling / sim cards from most Schools and Newsagents
Weekday lunches unless by prior or private arrangement
Transport to and from school unless by prior arrangement
Prices are as follows for single placements:
Private room – Share house – No meals $170
Granny flat / Apartment style living – No meals $255
Homestay – 1 meal 7 days $240
Homestay – 2 meals 7 days $250
Homestay – 2 meals 7 days plus lunches on weekends $260
Homestay – Three meals 7 days $275
Wifi is an additional $12.50 per week (except in study tours its included)
Meal options / Halal or gluten free is an additional $50 per week
Student tours (short stay groups) are quoted as a group price by the college or university and weekly amounts may vary slightly because of this we will advise you of any variance.
Twin Share ( 2 per room) deduct $20 per student from above payment then multiply by 2.
Students are requested to keep their shower times to under 5 minutes as a guide to help conserve water. We provide the students with a guide to homestay which is also provided to you. Please use this as a template to set up your house guide for guests. You can also place a small sign in the bathroom reminding them that we are a dry country and could they be try not to waste too much water.
Students are expected to respect the family they are staying with and abide by your house rules. We will provide the student with a basic guide to homestay, but it is a good idea to let them to let them know your meal times, security procedures, washing schedule etc. when they first arrive. Just as you are expected to treat students as part of the family, students are expected to act as a member of the family and keep their room tidy and help around the house just as any family member would. It is hoped that students will join in with family activities, have dinner with their Hosts and not lock themselves away in their rooms. Of course this can’t be enforced, only encouraged. Students are expected to let you know if they won’t be home for dinner or will be staying out overnight. They are not allowed to bring friends home without your permission. This applies to all students.
Length of Stay
Student typically stay from 1 week through to 3 weeks on a study tour, sometimes a little longer. Longer term study abroad students may stay for one semester or a full year. With GBS extensions are by mutual consent and either party can terminate the accommodation agreement with one weeks notice to GBS at any time. Under 18 students are legally required to stay in homestay for their entire stay.
Login, Profile and Photo help
HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS ON MAC AND PCs
Please note: Photos need to be landscape or square orientation and under 2mb. If not they will either not load at all or load rotated incorrectly. The guide below will assist you to achieve this so that your web display looks professional.
MAC User: resizing photos ready for upload…
In your finder open your chosen photo.Select tools from your apple bar
Select adjust size
Now make sure your settings are on pixel and change your width to 1920 pixels
- fit into; should read custom
- right of the padlock; should read pixels
- scale proportionately and resample image should both be ticked.
- Now click okay.
Login to GBS and go to:
- my properties,
- click on the image icon
- select choose files – select image/s in ‘finder’ and click ok, repeat process as necessary until you can see all of your images and then click Save Changes.
To make one of the images your main image click on the one you want it will turn red then click save changes again and your DONE.
PC Users: resizing photos ready for upload
Go to your docs folder and select the folder where you have stored your pictures.
Double click to open the selected image
Now click on edit in the top right
Change aspect ratio to square
Save copy with a new name
If your photo is still too large OVER 2MB then do the following:
In docs folder again right click on your new square photos
click on resize
select pixel and change to 1920
Check your image size at the bottom. If it is now below 2mb you are good to go. Follow the steps above to login to GBS and upload photos.
For more information on how to resize and adjust images on PC here is a great link resizing an image in windows
Student Health and Welfare
We make it very clear to the student that they must advise you if they are going to be late.
If you believe your student is missing, or is outside their study tour curfew (under 18) and you have tried to reach them, please notify the education provider security on the number provided to you with this student.
If you are unable to contact the student and in fact believe they may be in danger then call the police, we are also available to support you.
Over 18 students are considered adult and as such are not restricted to curfew times, however courtesy around arrival times is important for meal planning and to ensure families are not being unnecessarily disrupted. You will be provided with the appropriate information for each student as needed.
Please treat your students as you would expect a family overseas to treat your children. Students over 18 years old are adults and are able to come and go as they please but it is important you let them know about safety and to take precautions when out at night. For under 18’s the Duty of Care is greater and this will be explained to you should you wish to host younger students.
Depending on which state, every permanent member of the household who is over 18 years old will require a working with children clearance. In Queensland this is a Blue Card and in other states a Working with Children check. It is part of our terms and conditions that all certified accommodation providers with GBS who reside in the property must have one of these clearances. There is not charge as you are listed as a volunteer for Blue Cards.
StudentBNB allows students to select their own accommodation. All accommodation listed with GBS has been checked to ensure it is suitable and safe for guests. Students can review the photos, areas, and availability of accommodation prior to paying for their stay. Students are able to select from room only (roomstay) or can request meal services that suit their needs. StudentBNB is an economical choice for students, with a national fee structure. Students are not required to pay bonds or security deposits, saving them the up-front costs of most accommodation choices. All utilities are included in the fees.
Roomstay provides students the opportunity to live independently in a home that has been checked by GBS for suitability and safety. Roomstay offers property owners the opportunity to rent a room to a student, without the need to sign contracts or collect any money. Hosts have the benefit of renting a room to a student who has been security checked by the government through their visa granting process.
Students can select the length of time they choose to stay, and pay for the length of stay at the time of booking. There is no minimum stay, provided they can find a host willing to agree to the time requested. Hosts are able to confirm or decline the request to stay for the length required. Should a student wish to extend their stay, they need to re-book the room through StudentBNB. Private arrangements is against the Ts and Cs, and hosts will be removed from our database should they enter a private arrangement with a student.
Students require their own furnished bedroom, access to laundry and bathroom facilities and a quiet area to study. The bedroom needs to have a window, bed, and a desk, or a quiet area in the home for study. There needs to be ample cupboard/dresser space for their belongings. Bedding is included. Adequate heating and cooling is required. They will have access to the common areas of the home, including the lounge room and kitchen.
Students who select roomstay require space in the refrigerator, as well as the kitchen cupboard. They will do their own cooking, they have access to the appliances, cookware and utensils. General items such as toilet paper and light bulbs are included.
Students are responsible for their own toiletries and laundry powder. They may be offered a towel, however students may prefer to use their own. Students will use their own phone and personal devices. They will access their own methods of transportation, including public transportation, and will purchase their own transport cards. WiFi access is only provided if a student has selected this option in their paid services.
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