International Students

Hugo being welcomed by host parents Sisa and Mark and host siblings Jabu and Musa at Whakatane Airport.

Whakatane High School welcomes students from other countries.  Until 2009 our school accepted a limited number of students on exchange.  The outstanding success of visits by students from Sweden, Finland, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy, Argentina and Peru has persuaded us to widen this opportunity to others.

We currently have 35 International students here from Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Slovakia, Japan & Chile.

We have no more space available for July 2019. 

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Host Families

Are you interested in becoming a host family for Whakatane High School?

Hosting an international student can be a very enriching experience for all involved. In January we have students arriving at our school from America, Germany, Austria and Italy. Students stay anywhere from 1 term to a year so there are opportunities for short-term and long-term homestays.

We have numerous families that offer fantastic environments and support to our students, but we are looking for more.

An allowance is paid to approved police vetted families once a student is placed.

If you are interested in finding out more about hosting for WHS, please email

Nicolas with host mother Liz and host sisters Payton and Ellie at Ohope Beach.








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Term dates

2018 Term dates

Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
Term 2 - Monday 30 April - Friday 06 July
Term 3 - Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September
Term 4 - Monday 15 October - Thursday 13 December