Save money and improve your English skills while you experience the Australian culture and way of life!

In exchange for 15 hours of work per week in the family, you will receive free accommodation with the family and 3 meals per day.

You can combine the demi-pair program with different English courses such as General English, Cambridge, IELTS, TOEIC and Business English


PDF applications should be emailed to when complete.

Location: Brisbane and Gold Coast
Start Dates: When starting your studies at Shafston.
Duration: Option 1:
12 weeks course and demi pair
Option 2:
12 weeks demi pair + 16 weeks course
Option 3:
12 weeks demi pair + 24 weeks course
English Entry Requirements: Intermediate level
  • Student visa & working holiday visa holders only
  • You will be required to work 15 hours per week (Mon-Fri) of childcare and housework.
  • Includes 12 weeks accommodation and 3 meals per day, a Private room and all the benefits of a homestay family.
  • You will receive continued 24 hour support from our Demi-Pair team throughout the 12 week placement including ongoing monitoring of their situation and personalized support as required
  • Students may have the possibility to renew their placement at the end of the program, depending on their first experience, and visa conditions.
  • Minimum Intermediate level of English assessed by Shafston:
  • Passport copy
  • English course application form
  • Demi Pair application form
  • Police clearance from country of origin
  • Blue Card application form
  • Resume with photo.