Parent and Child Short Stay Education Programme
You and your child come and live with a New Zealand family and join a school community.
We are offering short stay programmes in February and August.
How long can we come for?
August: 1-6 weeks during New Zealand’s winter season.
February: 1-4 weeks during New Zealand’s summer season.
Where will we live?
You will be homestayed together with a New Zealand family. You will experience the real ‘Kiwi’ way of life by living with and getting to know New Zealanders and make true friendships and long lasting relationships. New Zealand homestays give you and your child the care and support you need.
What will we do?
Your child will do a fully integrated school programme, with New Zealand students of the same age. There will be 25 hours of school per week, including 1 hour of ESOL each day. School classes run from approximately 9am until 3pm each day.
A personalised programme will be developed for you, the parent. Options may include English classes, interest classes like cooking and a range of activities such as learn to play golf, garden tours, shopping trips and spa days. Day trips and half day trips to the city and local tourist attractions will also be offered and you will have choices.
Students can be aged from 5 years to 18 years.
Can my friends come?
Most of the schools would like to host between 1-5 parents at once. A small group of friends with their children would be ideal.
Oxford's Parent and Child Short Stay Education Programme
Oxford Area School, Christchurch, New Zealand
A small, semi-rural school set in the lovely village of Oxford, north of Christchurch.
Our students are aged 5-18 so we can take any age for Parent and Child.
We can personalise a short stay programme for any length of stay from 1-6 weeks
Homestays are walking distance to the school and the village or in a rural setting.
We can offer many outdoor activities for parents or children such as learn to horse ride, learn to play golf, cycling, hiking, skiing (in winter). We will build a programme personalised to your interests.
We have some beautiful display gardens in the village which you can tour. You can learn all about the plants and gardening, both native and exotic.
Artists live in the area, there is an art gallery and parents can take day art classes. For example, art creation using only local natural materials.
Optional day/weekend trips to the spa village of Hanmer Thermal Springs, Kaikoura (whale watching), the French colonial village of Akaroa (swim with the dolphins), and the Southern Alps (Trans Alpine Express).
Optional half day trips to Christchurch including the Antarctic Centre, Botanical Gardens, museum, shopping, Waipara wine district and to Rangiora (farmers’ markets).
1 week example programme
Day 1. Sunday Met at Christchurch International Airport and transported to Oxford and to your homestay. Get to know your homestay and your surrounds.
Day 2. Monday Parent and Child arrive at school at 8.45 and are greeted by the Principal and International Dean. The child is allocated a buddy. The parent has a local village walking and shopping tour with a local guide. Lunch is shared at a local café.
Day 3. Tuesday Child is in class with buddy for the day 9am-3pm. Parent has an optional day trip.
Day 4. Wednesday Child is in class with buddy for the day 9am-3pm. Parent has morning free and an optional half day activity.
Day 5. Thursday Child in class with buddy for the day 9am-3pm. Parent has second optional day trip.
Day 6. Friday Child in class with buddy 9am-3pm. Farewell from class and new friends. Principal issues certificates of attendance. Parent has a half day activity.
Day 7. Saturday Family time. Parent and child do optional day trip. Return to homestay. Farewell family meal.
Day 8. Sunday Returned to Christchurch International Airport for flight home.