International Accommodation


We know your child is going to enjoy studying at Bethlehem College. We also understand that staying far from the familiarities of home and country is a big step.

Homestay Manager

Loretta Mccready

We work together to form strong relationships amongst the staff, students, host families, parents and agents to deliver first-class quality care.

Our Homestay Manager, Loretta McCready is available to answer all your questions.

Are you ready to enjoy Kiwi hospitality as part of your complete education experience?

Stay with a New Zealand family and get a real Kiwi welcome! All students not living with a parent or guardian during their time at Bethlehem College are placed in homestay accommodation. This means children will be staying with a local family. Our host families are carefully chosen, interviewed and monitored by our Homestay Manager, Loretta McCready and vetted by the New Zealand Police, with the safety and welfare of all students being of paramount importance.

We’ve enjoyed being part of the hosting experience offered by Bethlehem College. It has been great getting a chance to learn about another culture and have the opportunity to introduce someone to our Kiwi way of life. We have felt well supported by Bethlehem College and would recommend anyone interested in being a host, to give it a go. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding.

Aaron and Sarah More, host family for Yu Makane

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All families are personally selected to cater for the individual needs of each student, with an expectation the family will care for them as they would their own son or daughter. This arrangement benefits both the family and the student as it creates an opportunity for friendship, and encourages the mutual understanding of cultural differences. The student is exposed to the New Zealand culture in a natural setting and this enables them to practice their English in a supportive environment. Along with clearly defined boundaries and communication, the host family provides a good foundation for personal growth and maturity.

Read more about the EDUCATION (PASTORAL CARE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS) CODE OF PRACTICE 2016, which outlines our responsibilities to your child.

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We’re here to help

Do you have questions about the day-to-day needs of students? What about banking, flight details, uniforms, insurance claims and more? Contact Ngaire.

Do you want to register as a host family?

Contact: Loretta McCready 

Fantastic! We’d love to hear from you. To become registered as a homestay provider for international students at Bethlehem College, you will need to:

  • Complete a questionnaire (to assist us in finding a home andstudent who ‘match’)
  • Undergo a police check (for all those 18 years and over)
  • Expect a house visit and family interview

If you meet all the requirements, we’ll include your family on our database. Should a suitable student then require accommodation, we’ll contact you. Please note: being registered as a homestay with our school does not guarantee a student placement.

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