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​​​​​​​​CISWA is an independent, voluntary, non-profit group which was established in 1963 to promote the wellbeing of international students living and studying in Western Australia.

A country weekend with the locals

International students studying at CISWA member institutions such as TAFE Western Australia, can share in a unique opportunity to spend a weekend in Geraldton staying with an Australian host family!

This is an opportunity for international students to see another part of Western Australia and find out what life with an Australian family is like. Students must be over 18 years old to participate.

The weekend visit will be held 7 to 9 September 2018. Planned activities and more information can be found on the CISWA Country Hospitality page.
Applications close 20th August 2018, so be quick to submit an application.

Three international students enjoying the country visit
Photo courtesy of student Javier Lopez on the 2016 country weekend.

Hear from students in past years

"Thanks a lot for everything. The trip was just awesome and one of the best weekends I ever had. I felt like I am just visiting my family & relatives. Everyone was really helpful. Ron, Peta and the whole Shepherd family was really helpful and very friendly. They treated me just like a family member. I really enjoyed each and every moment spend with them. I would definitely recommend to international students." - Karandeep Singh, TAFE IT student from India.

"I cannot thank you enough for the great host family you selected for me. The place was beautiful and Andrea and Fish were amazing with us, always taking care and making suret hat Javier and myself were Ok. Since day one we did interesting activities that showed us how is life in Geraldton. For me it was a great experience. I felt so happy because everybody always were looking after me and for all the work and effort that the families did for us. They really made us feel welcome. The only thing that I would suggest is to make next year trip a bit longer" - Alejandro Vasquez, TAFE Engineering student from Colombia.

Learn more about Regional Western Australia.

CISWA Services

CISW​A offers international students a variety of services including:

  • Country  Hospitality - visit an Australian family in a country area and stay for a weekend.
  • Share A Meal Hospitality - meet a local Australian family and experience lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in their home. Register for the 'Share a Meal' program
  • Christmas Hospitality - spend Christmas with an Australian family! More information


For more information please see CISWA's website and find CISWA on Facebook.

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