Tips to Hosting an International Student - Health and Safety
Health and Safety
- If you are concerned about any health risks associated with living with
someone from another country, ask advice from a doctor.
- Ask if your student takes any medicines and make a note of these for future
- With sensitive or complicated medical issues, be aware that your student may
wish to visit a doctor who is from their country, or may require translation.
Speak to the homestay coordinator if you need any assistance with this.
The way you communicate with doctors in different countries
is totally different, even if you are quite articulate. I had to find another
doctor who specialised in Chinese medicine and that made it quite expensive. It
is important for students if they have a problem to get help from their own
nationality’s doctor if they feel they are not being looked after properly.
Cheryl, Taiwanese homestay
- Make sure your student has a list of contact numbers in case of emergency
including police, ambulance, fire, taxi and your mobile or work numbers. Also,
ensure your student keeps your address in their wallet.
- If you are hosting an under 18 student, a greater responsibility of care is
placed upon you. Be aware of teenage issues such as drinking, smoking and
staying out late and let your student know that certain behaviour is
unacceptable or illegal.
- Further health and safety issues are addressed on the QUT International
Student Services’ website.
Finally, your homestay coordinator at QUT is your first point of call if
there are major problems or you’re not coping. Remember to take time out for
yourself, and be aware of your own needs and energy levels. Homestay is a
challenging but rewarding experience giving you the opportunity to learn about
many different cultures, meet people from a variety of backgrounds, and teach
international students about the Australian culture. It allows people from all
over the world to share their homes and hearts in a memorable and meaningful