Hosting students

ELA homestay

Hosting Students 

With the ELA welcoming students from around the world year-round, we are always looking for new host families to give students a genuine Kiwi home experience.

Depending on the courses, students can be with the ELA for a week or two, while others study with us for as long as a year, so there are both short-term and long-term opportunities.


  • Have a clean and tidy home with a spare furnished bedroom
  • Live within 2 zones and maximum of an hour travel time to ELA i.e. Isthmus and Lower North Shore- please check here.
  • Be willing to integrate the student into the New Zealand lifestyle
  • Able to spend time with your student speaking fluent English

If you are interested in hosting an ELA student and fit the criteria above, then please fill the Homestay Registration Form below.

Our students choose homestay to get a taste of Kiwi life and to practise their English in an informal situation. While you will receive a weekly payments to help with the financial expenses of hosting a student in your home, it is important that you have a genuine interest in enriching the life of the student and your family.

Hosting an international student is a very rewarding experience and creates shared memories for both the family and the student.

Homestay Registration Form

To become a registered ELA Homestay Family, please complete and send us the Homestay Application Form. Please note that all sections on the form are required to be completed. ELA will get in touch with you and organise a time to visit.

Please fill out all fields below, click submit and we will contact you shortly.

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