HSN Homestay Network busienss practices and Host Standards meet and in some cases exceed the standards set by Australian Government Schools International (AGSI). It is clear that these standards are modelled on the standards we first published on our website in 2006, and have continued to maintain and improve since. We know this beacause our Managing Director, Tina Holland, was interviewed for an article published at abc.net.au. The author focussed on the plight of international students being hosted with hosts from some of the less reputabale players operating as homestay providers in the market. Tina highlighted that Students who use organisations such as HSN - Homestay Network to source their accommodation in Australia have few in any issues with their host families.
"I have absolutely seen boarding houses. We have sent inspectors to host homes to find that they have set their home up for four to six students plus, and we've just outright rejected them," she said.
Ms Holland, who said most families were genuinely interested in the cultural exchange, added she had come across those who saw the arrangement as a lucrative opportunity to turn their home into a steady income.
"It's a little bit about helping and giving back, and you do get paid as well," she said.Interview Katri Uibu with Tina Holland, abc.net.au
What becomes clear as you read the article is the need for consistent and high standards for homestay accommodation. HSN - Homestay Network has always lead the way in setting homestay accommodation standards since commencing operations 1987, the article makes reference to minimum Homestay Standards set out by the Australian Government Schools International (AGSI). Since the article was published on Friday May 20, 2016 we have reviewed the AGSI standards and compared them to our Accommodation Standards, Host & Student Handbooks and our standard business paractices we are pleased to confirm that HSN - Homestay Network meets and in some cases exceeds the requirements set out by AGSI.
If you are a student, parents of a student or an education agent concerned about homestay accommodation please feel free to contact us in the office on +61 2 9412 3100 to dicuss your concerns, especially if the Homestay has been provided by HSN - Homestay Network.
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