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Homestay families can mean flatmates, singles or couples with or without children.

Your application will ask about your family situation, pets and student preferences and our job is to match students to the family that most suits.

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What is homestay?

Homestay is a cultural exchange where students live with an Australian family.

Families need to be easy to understand and have a good level of English. A single bedroom, linen, towels, a quiet area to study and most importantly a safe, relaxed, friendly, nurturing family atmosphere need to be provided.

Most Homestays include all dinners, daily breakfasts on a serve yourself basis and serve yourself lunches on weekends. Some students opt to buy and prepare their own meals.

Please let us know your preferences when you apply.

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Application procedure

  • 1

    Apply online

    Complete the online application. Please include as much information as possible. After a successful application you will receive a welcome email.
  • 2

    Schedule an interview

    We will contact you to arrange a suitable time to visit you in your home.
  • 3

    Collect documentation

    If you have current Police Clearances and Working with Children Checks (if hosting under 18yrs students), please present them at the interview. (This is a requirement for all members of the Household over 18yrs). We can provide application forms at heavily discounted rates if needed.
  • 4

    Update your insurance

    Check that your insurance covers students belongings and has a Public Liability component. We can help to organize an inexpensive specifically tailored Homestay Insurance policy if required.
  • 5

    Perform the interview

    Meet with a Talkabout Tours representative in your home
  • 6

    Find a student

    We will contact you when we feel we have a student that fits and leave it up to you whether to accept

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Our families host international students for many reasons.  Primarily, they seek a cultural experience for themselves or their own children.

See what others have said


‘I really enjoyed studying English in Perth, and have enjoyed studying now. My classes of university have already started. So I have to study not only English but also other subject. English is so interesting. Because you gave me hospitality, I got beautiful memory of Australia. This is motivation for me. Now studying English is so enjoyable. Thank you for everything. Have a good day!’



I think they are the best host family ever. They were very kind for me, for example, Sheila took me to the nearest station every weekend. They gladly accepted my all requests. Thanks to my host family, I really enjoyed the Australian life, so I appreciate them. Not only I learned English,but also got communication with them,and knew the culture.



Kind, lovely and warm. I learned a lot not only about English but also about other things like science, animals and many things




I love my Homestay Family and experiencing the real Australian kind of life with children of my age



I was shocked when hearing that Mr. Dall swims every morning in the sea during the winter. Besides, I think Mrs.Dall is very kind to work as a volunteer after retirement. They are both energetic and optimistic, which I did not expect. I really thank them for the meals, the laundry and other services. I am very grateful for being treated like a family member.