Move-in Preparation

  • What should I do before the student arrives?

    Prepare the student’s room with fresh sheets and towels and make sure the room is properly aired. If it is hot, provide a fan. If it is cold make sure there is enough bedding and supply a heater if necessary. Purchase enough food for the first day or so making sure you have items for a lunch box.

    In addition you can choose to familiarize yourself with the customs and culture of the country where the student is coming from so you can understand your student a little better from the beginning of their stay with you.

  • What should I do on the day that the student arrives?

    Be available to greet your student and organize to be home for the day or have a family member stay with the student. Don’t greet the student, tell them to ‘help themselves’ and go to work.

    Students are young people, often away from home for the first time. They are nervous and have travelled for many hours. Even if they sleep they should not be left alone. Treat them as you would like your own family to be treated if they were travelling overseas. Offer them a drink and biscuit, show them their room and the bathroom facilities. Ask your student if they would like to take a shower and make them welcome generally. Later in the day take the opportunity to orientate the student to your home, explain mealtimes and introduce them to other family members.

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