Experience the Kiwi way of life in a homestay
Most of our students live with a homestay family whilst studying at Dominion English Schools. A family environment gives you a great opportunity to experience the Kiwi way of life and practise your English skills outside the classroom. It’s not only the most cost effective option – you’ll make lifelong friends too!
Our families are carefully chosen and regularly inspected so we know they will provide you with a warm, welcoming and caring home. Our families are experienced hosts and have been looking after our students for many years.
Our homestay families take great care of students:
- All students have their own bedroom with a place to study.
- Homestay families enjoy talking to students and helping them to improve their English.
- Fees include two meals (breakfast and dinner) Monday to Friday, all meals for weekends/ public holidays, and laundry.
- Homestay families also ensure students know how to get to and from school on their first day.
- Dominion provides each student with a profile of their homestay family (including photos) prior to arriving in New Zealand.
- Dominion does not place students with the same native language into the same homestay family.
If you have any special requirements, just let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to find a family to match your preferences.
All teenage students (12-17 years old) stay in carefully selected homestay accommodation. Our families are experienced at looking after younger students and many have children around the same age.
What previous students say about their homestays:
“I really enjoyed my homestay. It was very comfortable, the food was delicious and my host mother, Fay, was always available to help me when I needed it.” Victoria, Brazil
“I had an awesome family! Thanks for it Sally and Lue! I had perfect conditions.” Arina, Russia
“My homestay family were the most generous and friendly people that I met in New Zealand. They treat every student like their own children, and see everyone as one of the family.” Liying Chen, Taiwan
“I really felt like I was in my home and for me was one of the most important things because I had a lot of fun with them and they helped me a lot to improve my English.” Cecilia, Argentina
“The host families which dominion recommend are always welcoming and interested in your country, so I am sure you can get close to them, even on a short stay. As they made me feel at home, I didn’t feel homesick or lonely at all.” Yukari Kamiya, Japan
“My family respects me and accepts my culture and my manners. They are my biggest support, even when I got homesick, which is not really often because of their kindness and their love, but they are always cheering me up.” Julieth, Colombia