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The Demi Pair program combines Intensive English classes (General English, Academic English, Business English, IELTS and Cambridge preparation) whilst at the same time helping out an Australian family with childcare and light housework assistance. In exchange for those services, the student will receive accommodation, meals and a weekly living allowance (around AU$ 120 per week).
Students will attend daily Intensive English classes at ACCESS and follow a regular timetable from Monday to Friday (8:30 am – 12:50 pm or 9:40 am – 2:30 pm). Students may start their English course any Monday during the year. Students will then return to their Demi Pair families to look after the children and perform housekeeping duties (approximately 20 hours per week).
Students older than 20 years old who have substantial experience in working with children (two references are required to verify this), and who possess at least an Intermediate English level. First aid certificates, childcare diplomas, a valid driver’s licence etc. are all strong points for potential candidates.
Applicants are required to take a pre-enrolment entry test and a phone interview with the Director of Studies; this will help us ascertain that they are the right level for the program. If the student does not reach the level, the student will be required to take 2-4 weeks of Super Intensive General English (at an additional cost) before starting with the Demi Pair family.
This program requires good will, flexibility, motivation and responsibility from the student. Initiative needs to be taken within the family. The student will also need to comply with the family rules.
Full applications need to be received at least 3 months in advance. The search for families will begin only once the student has been accepted in the program and all documentation has been received.
We are always interested in hearing from Sydney families who would like to be part of our Demi Pair program and would like to host international students in their homes. If you are interested in becoming an ACCESS Demi Pair family please contact Birgit (Demi Pair Coordinator) on email@example.com or call her on (02) 9281 6455.
Please contact us for a pre-enrolment entry test or if you have any questions about the Demi Pair program.
Level 2, 72 Mary Street
Surry Hills, Sydney NSW
Phone: +61 (2) 9281-6455
Fax: +61 (2) 9281-7455