Please note that IndoAustay programming decisions are based around advice from the Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Acting on advice around the COVID-19 pandemic IndoAustay has suspended all immersion and exchange programs for 2021. This website will be updated as soon as clarity around the future of our programs is established. Please note that our Cultural Connections program will be running in 2021.
IndoAustay Southbound Student Exchange
Each year IndoAustay in association with YMAS Indonesia, facilitate a group of around 20 Indonesian students to travel to Victoria and experience a six week homestay with an Australian family. The students are matched with a host brother/sister and attend the school of their host. Attendance at school is primarily a cultural experience giving Indonesian students an opportunity to experience Australian school life, and to develop ongoing relationships with people beyond the immediate host family. A number of cultural experiences are facilitated through IndoAustay, however the focus of activities is largely based around the day to day opportunities provided through the host family and school.
Placement of Indonesian students occurs in metropolitan Melbourne, and surrounding regional areas of Victoria.
The opportunity to host Indonesian students has been highly regarded by Australian students studying Indonesian. Improved language skills, greater cultural and geographical understanding and strong ongoing people to people relationships are outcomes highly valued by Australian host students, their families and their schools.