John Paul College
All international students are placed in a homestay whose family has been vetted and approved by the International Department. The high standards set by the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students are strictly adhered to and every endeavour is made to make the most suitable match.
The international student is welcomed into that family as a fully participating member and he or she is guaranteed a single private bedroom, with a comfortable bed, storage and a desk.
Most home-stays are located in the city of Rotorua and many homestay families are within walking distance of the school and the wide range of amenities. A well organised public bus service also helps easy travel and a network of urban cycling tracks provide an alternative to reaching one’s destination. If living in the outlying areas a free bus service is also available to bring students to and from school each day.
Throughout the stay, all aspects of accommodation are closely monitored and support staff and procedures are in place should the student need assistance.
The photo above features Ryota (centre) from Japan, helping to prepare a meal with his homestay family. Luisa (originally from Latin America) can speak fluent Spanish and Sam, her son, plays for JPC’s 1st XV Rugby team, which won the regional Bay of Plenty competition in 2012.