All students who apply for and gain places at Mahurangi College will be provided with Homestay accommodation approved and supervised by the College’s accommodation coordinator in accordance with the Code of Practice. Only students living with a parent or legal guardian, or college-approved Designated Care Giver will be permitted to live in accommodation outside the college’s homestay placement system.
The college has run a successful Homestay placement programme for many years. The township of Warkworth and the satellite suburb of Snells Beach have long been an attraction for international students with their proximity to the coastline and rural environment. The college has a list of homestay providers who offer single room accommodation with adequate space for quiet study, laundry, and separate shower and toilet facilities. Mahurangi College is often approached by families to be placed on the college list. All Homestay applicants must complete the college application form and then agree to a homestay check and police vetting procedures.
All homestays are checked regularly by the college (at least twice a year). Students meet regularly with the Director to ensure that their homestay environment is a happy one. Students who do not find their homestay accommodation satisfactory are moved. The college employs a separate homestay inspector who visits the homes and ensures that the accommodation meets the college and Ministry of Education guidelines. The Director also has several meetings per year with homestay providers and a term newsletter so that issues (such as cultural adaptations) relating to the care and welfare of all international students can be discussed and ideas shared. This is particularly helpful to new homestay providers.
In some circumstances, however, a student may for behavioural reasons, not be considered suitable for a homestay family. The college does not guarantee to continually move a student who disrespects the homestay environment and is unwilling to make reasonable adjustments to fit in with a different culture. In such a situation the student may be asked to leave the college.
The Refund Policy of the college will apply.
The fee for the Homestay charge is:
NZ $225 per week. There is also a payment of NZ $255 for an initial homestay arrangement. This placement fee is non refundable.
The Homestay invoice is for the duration of the student course (up to a maximum of 46 weeks) and must be paid before arrival.
Homestays are carefully supervised and regularly inspected. Students have access to the Homestay coordinator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The coordinator provides ongoing and emergency assistance. Students wishing to change their homestay must discuss this with the coordinator who will arrange a new homestay if it is considered necessary.
Homestay families guarantee to provide a fully furnished room, all meals and laundry.