Homestay Best Practices
For nearly 10 years, the Australian Homestay Network (AHN-AU) has set a new standard for international-student homestay. The American Homestay Network (AHN-USA), in association with the Australian company, was created to bring what have become industry best practices into the vast American international student market.
Through our partnership with our Australian colleagues, AHN-USA brings decades of experience in technology, marketing, and operations, as well as proven policies, procedures, standards, training, and online systems, resulting in the most comprehensive homestay program in the industry.
Our service offerings include a sophisticated host/student matching process, banking and payment services, a rigorous proprietary background-check program, a 24/7 critical-incident service, airport transportation services, and online cultural and hosting training and testing—all of which is all facilitated through our HMS™ (Homestay Management System) technology. AHN-USA has secured a long-term exclusive global license for the HMS technology from a development affiliate of the University of Queensland in Australia. This system facilitates communications, applications, placements, and payments for all stakeholders.
AHN-USA understands that a student's enjoyable, supportive introduction to a new host country increases the probability that the student will fulfill his or her educational goals. We also understand that making impeccable recommendations for student accommodations is an important element of every agent's responsibility.
In support of these goals, AHN-USA has a mission to provide a safe, comfortable, and culturally enriching experience for all parties involved in homestay. We view our hosts as ambassadors for our country, and our selection process ensures that our hosts possess the commitment, motivation, and capability to extend the support that will ensure each student's successful integration into American culture. Our hosts offer more than rooms for rent; they offer a support system and authentic interest in welcoming a student to America.
A National Network
AHN-USA welcomes all international educational agents, agencies, and recruiters to contact us to learn more about our North American launch. We started our program in Seattle, Washington in late 2012 and have been actively expanding our national presence.
We encourage any educational institution, agency or individual who is interested in learning about our program to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!