New Student Checklist

Thanks for accepting a placement with New Zealand Homestay (NZH). In anticipation of your new guest’s arrival we have provided a quick checklist to ensure all key topics are covered during the student’s first few days with you.

  • Confirm the student’s safe arrival on your NZH online profile. Click here for instructions.
  • Swap contact details (phone and email addresses).
  • Provide front door key, and show how to enter and lock up safely. Show how to use alarm if you have one, get the student to take a photo of outside the home and the nearest corner on their phone.
  • Assist the student to set up a SIM card, public transport card, and bank account.
  • Talk about any food allergies, likes/dislikes.
  • Sit down together and go through your House Rules to gain mutual understanding (you can use the generic NZH House Rules Template if you like).
  • Familiarise the student with your home and local area, including dos and don’ts, safety concerns etc.
  • Show them where the local shops are.
  • Show the student the bus/train route, including how to get to their education provider. Please travel with your student to the bus/train and run through this process with them.
  • School/University timetable – ask your student about their timetable/class times and take a copy for your reference (not all students will have this on arrival).
  • (Optional) Take a photo with your student – (this would look great on our social media pages – and can assist if they become lost).

For under 18 students – please ensure you also refer to the Homestay Policy and NZH Code of Conduct for Under 18s in Homestay.

Main Contact: +64 9 884 8404
After Hours Emergencies: +64 9 884 8401
(Please only call the After Hours number for emergencies involving students in a current placement)

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