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General Rules for under 18 student who is and will be living in a Homestay

While living in a Homestay you will be expected to abide by the following policies:

• take responsibility for your own practices and needs
• keep your bedroom clean, neat and tidy and assist with minor household chores
• be considerate to your host's household and keep noise to a minimum
• pay for any damage you cause to host's property
• be aware of and respect the cultural differences and beliefs of the host and their family
• communicate with your host every day and give adequate notice if you will not be home for meals (If you are under 18,
  you must inform your host where you are at all times and be home by any specified curfew) or are staying overnight with
  friends (If you are under 18, you must inform your guardian to get formal approval from your parents)
• attend meetings with the guardian if or when required
• advise your guardian immediately of any concerns regarding your health or welfare
• be aware of and abide by the national and state laws of Australia (for example, wear bicycle helmets, respect legal age
  of drinking and smoking, wear seat belts etc.)
  For further reference go to http://www.law.gov.au

Courtesy in the Homestay home
• understand that hosts come from different cultural backgrounds and composition and that this will not be the basis
  for acceptance or rejection
• understand and accept your host's house rules
• understand that water is scarce in Australia and there may be water restrictions in place in your area, and respect
  these restrictions
• communicate in a respectful way
• ask permission of your host before inviting friends to their home
• ask permission of your host before smoking (Under 18 student are NOT ALLOWED)
• ask permission of your host before taking alcohol into their home (Under 18 student are NOT ALLOWED)
• ask permission to use your hosts telephone and expect to pay the cost of your telephone calls
• ask permission to use your hosts computer or internet access and expect to pay the cost of your usage (within reason)

While in a Homestay you can expect your Homestay Host to:
• have a duty of care towards you, their Homestay student ( your host may ask you to let them know where you are
  going and the time you will be home)
• support and assist you to live comfortably within your new environment
• respect your rights to privacy
• respect your culture, customs, language and beliefs
• provide you with adequate, healthy meals prepared in a clean environment
• provide you with a secure, private, clean and (warm in winter/ cool in summer) bedroom, good healthy food,
  laundry facilities and a supportive environment
• ensure that you have your own room and not force you to share a room with other students or a member
  of their family, unless you specifically request to do so
• advise you of the route you will take to and from your education provider
• provide an orientation within the family home (e.g. provide advice and safety instructions on the use of
  any pool area, household facilities and security.)
• advise you of the household rules and practices (e.g. what time dinner is served, telephone protocols,
  rules regarding smoking, alcohol, guests visiting, curfews if you are under eighteen, household tasks and bathroom conduct)
• allow you to use the facilities in the home and show you how to do so (e.g. laundry)
• speak good English that you can understand
• expect you to help with minor household chores e.g. help with the dishes and keeping your room clean and tidy
• liaise with your guardian regarding any concerns or difficulties
• notify your guardian as soon as there is any change of circumstances in the household

Payment and Finances
• Pay your Homestay fee in advance before the end of your payment period as requested
• understand that you will be required to give two weeks notice when you plan to leave your hosts home and
  pay the appropriate Homestay fee. (Under 18 student need to get formal approval from education provider before
  2 weeks notice been given)
• understand that you will be charged for two weeks Homestay if you do not give the required notice
• meet all personal expenses for travel, entertainment, telephone calls, medical expenses and other personal, incidental costs
• keep all valuables, money, passport and airline tickets in a safe place

Communication and A+J SCS contact
• maintain frequent and regular contact with AJSCS by answering all means of communications (mobile phone, sms, email)
• ensuring all communications are responded to or completed within the agreed time

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