The Lewington Family - Forest Lake, Queensland

Our family have been hosting international students for over six years.  The experiencing is rewarding and life changing for both the students we host and us as a host family.  We have enjoyed hosting students from around the globe and learning about their culture and experiences and introducing them to ours.  Being part of the growth and development of these young people is an honour and a privilege.  We have made some lifelong connections and bonds that our family will cherish for years to come.  Our sons have learnt what it truly means to be global citizens of this world, such a crucial life lesson in our current climate.  The hardest thing is saying goodbye when the time comes to an end as we grow to care about these young men as if they were our own sons.  Luckily, they all stay in touch!  I would have no hesitation in recommending the EQI homestay program to any family.  The staff at Corinda State High School have been a pleasure to deal with and have been exceptional in their communication and support.

The Lewington Family
Forest Lake, QLD

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Michele Mazza

Hello, if you are reading this it means that you are about to do one of the best experiences of your life! My first day at Corinda was in October 2019. Before coming to Corinda I was really excited, I searched for the school online and I found out that I could do an online tour of the school, and the first thing that I noticed was that it was really big, especially the sports centre.

On the first day that I came to school, Mr Breen welcomed us at the uniform shop to buy our uniforms, then took us for a school tour. We then went to his office where he explained all the rules to us and he asked us what subject we would like to do. I had chosen English, Maths, French, Biology, Hospitality and Social Community Studies. My personal favourite was French because I love languages in general. The environment at Corinda is very good and the teachers are helpful, patient, friendly and curious about your home country.

The school starts at 8:40 and finishes at 2:50, we have 4 periods each day and two breaks of 40 and 30 minutes each. We as International Students have an office where we can go when we have problems or we just want to ask something in general. The International office is really helpful and they are always happy to help us and making us feel very supported.

Being an International Student means that you might have to live with a host family. I consider myself really lucky with my host family placement, they are the best that I could ask for. From the beginning they welcomed me with open arms, making me feel really comfortable, like I was at home. They wanted me to know as much as possible about Australia so almost every weekend they took me for trips around Brisbane. We also did a road trip to Sydney, which made me feel really grateful and because of that, every time I come to Australia I will always know a popular landmark.

I am very glad to have done this experience, and meeting very special people that I will know for all my life. Thank you for everything Corinda.

Michele Mazza
Study Abroad Student 2019

Last reviewed 03 May 2022
Last updated 03 May 2022