The best Host Story - Kangaroo Dinner Party

Thank you to the Host families who entered our competition.  This was:

"Please share photos and stories of your recent Homestay experiences.  The best story will receive a $50 bonus and will be published in our newsletter and shared online".

The winner of the best Host story is Jane and Miko 

We have been Hosting International students from all over the world through MHS for over 15 years, and in this time we have had many interesting people and experiences in our home. We Hosted Yugo from a group of Japanese teachers and he was fabulous! (UNSW - Tohoku University Japan - Arrived 26/8/18 to 28/9/18 - 4 weeks and 6 nights - last sleep).

My husband Miko likes to ask our candidates if they would like to try Kangaroo meat. Some look wide eyed and say 'Thanks, but no thanks', and some like Yugo said 'Yes please'!

Miko cooks the kangaroo in his Indonesian style Rendang sauce with a few secret spices (recipe below). Our gorgeous teacher Yugo asked the next day if anyone from the group would like to try it as well, only thinking 5 or 6 from the group of 20 candidates would want to try it.  But he came home that night with a surprising 18 out of 20 saying 'Yes please'!!

They arrived at our home a few nights later with drinks in hand, huge smiles, and appetites to match. Miko and I had cooked Gado gado (vegetables and tofu and a peanut sauce) earlier, and steamed the rice. A couple of teachers who love to cook helped in the kitchen cooking the kangaroo Rendang, glass of wine in hand, whilst learning some new tricks to take home.

The meal ended with pavlova and lamingtons for dessert, while we surprised them with some live music! Miko was a musician in Bali for 15 years, he also amazed them with a couple of Japanese songs that they all sang along with and played various instruments too!

A wonderful night was had by all, and we can thoroughly recommend jumping in and having a bit of fun with your candidates when you can, you don't need to have 18 for dinner of course!  For us, the memories and experiences they take back home to share with their family and friends about the fabulous time in an Australian Homestay are priceless.

Jane and Miko 


 I have been a Homestay Host with Meridian Homestay Services for three years and was impressed from the outset with the friendly and professional approach of the staff at Meridian. 


Meridian Host Family