Hosting

Each year SAGSE and the German Australian Students' Society (GASS) welcome a group of German students to Australia for approximately 10 weeks. During this time, students will live with an Australian host family and attend school with their host brother/sister. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to host a German exchange student for this period of time.
 

 

About Hosting

The German students arrive in Australia late June and stay for approximately twelve weeks, in which the student will attend school, attend Wintercamp and Canberra Camp and participate in five days free travel around Australia. It is preferable for host siblings to be in Year 10-12 at school as the Germany students will be 16-18 years of age. Whilst a basic knowledge of German is recommended for the host sibling, it is far more important for the host family to have a wide variety of interests and be prepared to welcome a student from another country. The German students already have a sound knowledge of English with one aim of their time in Australia being to extend their communication skills and knowledge of the English language.

Interested students and families from all regions in NSW and Victoria are considered equally. Host families are asked to welcome and accept a German student into their home, however the student must also attempt to adapt to the host family's routine. The host family is not expected to change their lifestyle during the student's time in Australia. Whilst many host families enjoy taking their German student to attractions around their state, this is by no means obligatory.

 

Benefits of Hosting

Valuable and long lasting friendships are formed through our exchange program. Hosting an exchange student provides all participants the opportunity to broaden their understanding of current issues and everyday life in both Australia and Germany. Furthermore, communication between a German student and the Australian host family is not only beneficial and rewarding but promotes cultural understanding for all involved.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students who have previously hosted a German student through the SAGSE program and are wishing to apply for the SAGSE scholarship will automatically be short listed in consideration for the program, provided they meet the eligibility criteria and complete an application form.
Scholarships are awarded to students at the completion of Year 11 (as well as Year 12 in Victoria).

Each year approximately 20-25 students are short listed in each state to be interviewed for the scholarship. Students who have previously hosted automatically receive an entry into the final interview stage of the scholarship selection. This entitlement applies only for each time the student has hosted a German student so that if the student hosts once he or she is entitled to be short-listed only once. 
Please note that host students who are younger than year 11 may carry over their interview advantages until they reach the eligible age.

Past host students have found the interview advantages to be beneficial in assisting their prospects of winning a scholarship.
While hosting by no means guarantees that a host student will be awarded a scholarship, SAGSE hopes that host-siblings will continue to benefit from this initiative.

 

School

German students must attend school with their host brother or sister for the duration of their time in Australia. This provides students with the opportunity to meet Australian students of similar age and to gain a greater understanding of Australian schools and our education system. Schools are encouraged to provide German student with a personal timetable and assign them to specific classes to ensure they receive the full benefits of their school experience and cause minimal disruption to classes. This, however, is at the discretion of the particular school. The German student's experience can be greatly enhanced if they are allowed to attend different classes at different levels to facilitate language development and a wider appreciation of Australian culture.

The German students are not required to complete homework. The primary purpose of attending school is to make contact with Australian students. The German students are not required to further their academic qualifications during this period, rather it is intended that the experience will broaden the students' outlook. The student is required to abide by all school rules, including wearing uniform if this is compulsory. As the length of the stay does not warrant the purchase of a school uniform, a loan from the school or friends is preferable.

Independent Travel

It is usual for the students to undertake a short trip in small groups without their host families. The length of such trips is limited to 5 days and it is important that the students have written permission from their family in Germany, as well as the consent of their host family and SAGSE. Students will be provided with itinerary forms which they are required to complete, listing their intended location and accommodation on each of the 5 days and a contact address and telephone number. A copy of this form will be retained by the host family and a copy will be given to the Host Family Coordinators.

Financial Responsibilities

Host families will be responsible for the student during their stay. Board or fees of any description will not be paid by SAGSE or by the student. Students will carry a sum of spending money enabling them to meet extra costs, such as independent travel. All students will be fully insured upon their arrival in Australia. Health insurance is covered by Medibank Private and is coordinated by SAGSE.

There will be a camp (organised by GASS) for the German students and their host siblings, during the July school holidays. The German students will all have paid for this camp in advance.

Support for Families

Representatives of both SAGSE and GASS will be in contact with host families before and during the German student's stay. The GASS Host Family Coordinators will organise interviews with the families who have applied and be available to answer queries regarding the program. Host families will also receive the GASS newsletter, informing them of social and other events organised by GASS. The SAGSE Host Family Liaison Officer will be in touch with host families periodically by phone throughout the German student's stay to make sure everything is running smoothly and to provide further support or help which may be required.

How to Apply

 

The links to the information note as well as the Application Form for the Host Family and Consent Form from the School appear below. Representatives of both SAGSE and GASS will interview all applicant families. Applications will close soon. Interviews and the selection process will take place in March 2017.

 

One of the most unique features of hosting a GASS German Student, is the intense interview process they endure to become the few successfully selected among hundreds, based on their academic ability, interpersonal skills, cultural knowledge and interest and enthusiasm for Australia. German students and families are matched by the organisation to try and bring together those with similar interests.

If you are interested in hosting a German student, follow the link below to download the application form or head to our Forms & Documents page.
 

SAGSE Host Family Application 2017 SAGSE Host Family Application 2017 (152 KB)

SAGSE Host Family Guide 2017 SAGSE Host Family Guide 2017 (629 KB)

SAGSE School Consent Form 2017 SAGSE School Consent Form 2017 (403 KB)