Becoming a host family can be a rewarding experience not just for the exchange student, but for the whole family.

Hosting a student is a wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture and to also teach the student cultural aspects that they cannot learn from a textbook.

Volunteer host families play a pivotal role in our mission, acting as the linchpin in providing a platform for international understanding and cultural awareness. Their role extends far beyond that of mere hosts; they become ambassadors of cross-cultural appreciation and global harmony.

The impact of your generosity in opening your home to a student goes beyond the tangible. It is an investment in the creation of cherished memories that will resonate for a lifetime, leaving an indelible mark on both the host family and the student. The experiences shared and the bonds formed during this time will shape perspectives and foster a sense of interconnectedness in a world that often seems vast and diverse.

Moreover, hosting a student is a significant stride toward nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. By embracing this cultural exchange, host families contribute to the development of individuals with profound understanding and appreciation of international cultures and values. This, in turn, lays the foundation for a global community where diversity is celebrated, and mutual respect is paramount.

In essence, your decision to host a student transcends the ordinary. It becomes a catalyst for building bridges of understanding, forging connections that endure beyond geographical boundaries. As hosts, you not only provide a home but also become key architects in the construction of a more culturally enriched and interconnected world.

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    The Working with Children Check (WWCC) in Australia is a crucial assessment to determine if an individual poses an unacceptable risk to children.

    Mandatory for roles involving proximity or in-person service to children, the WWCC scrutinizes criminal history, child protection data, and other relevant information. Commonly referred to as WWCC or WWC in various states, its Queensland counterpart is known as a “Blue Card,” while the Australian Capital Territory has the Working with Vulnerable People registration.

    Legislated by each state and territory, the check aims to prevent individuals with records indicating an unacceptable risk to children from engaging in child-related work. Notably different from a police check, the WWCC is an ongoing assessment, encompassing criminal history, pending charges, non-conviction charges, and disciplinary records.

    The check is vital for roles like nannies, children tutors, and those working voluntarily in children’s schools. It aids employers in child care to make informed recruitment decisions. Notably, the WWCC is not transferable between states, requiring reapplication when working in a different state or territory. Understanding the nuances between the WWCC and a police check is essential, with the former offering continuous evaluation while the latter provides a point-in-time criminal history check. Ultimately, the WWCC is a proactive measure to protect vulnerable members of society and ensure a safe environment for children.

    Read more about the types of required information and the checks carried out to work with children here.

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    Living in Japan improved my Japanese, so after returning to Australia I was able to to go straight into the advanced stream of Japanese at university.


    Respect for other people came through strongly in our student’s actions. We saw her becoming more confident and willing to engage in conversations.

    Host Mother

    There is a special place in my heart for my Japanese friends, and I’ll always keep coming back to them. Thank you for the best year of my life!


    My ten month exchange in Japan was an experience I will never forget. AIIU give students like me a once in a lifetime opportunity which I am truly grateful for.


    I cried for the first time in forever. Although I also ended up smiling. I can’t be sad that it’s over, as I’m so happy it happened. Thank you everyone who helped my exchange happen!


    I could go on for years about all of the things that I have been blessed with experiencing. My host families have been extraordinary and I really felt at home there!


    An experience I will never forget. I enhanced my Japanese skills and made connections with friends that feel like family now. AIIU was a great exchange program!

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