ONE of the challenges faced by the Freebird Institute is the unavailability of homes to accommodate its students.
Principal Mereseini Baleilevuka said the increasing number of Japanese students interested in studying in Fiji had prompted the institution to look for new homes. She said about 400 homes were registered with the institution but some failed to meet the school's requirements.
Mrs Baleilevuka said certain criteria were in place for the homes.
"We need more homes for our homestay students," she said.
"We have a checklist and this checklist ensures the students live comfortably in any home. Homes used for homestay should have cold and hot water taps, a room for the student and two meals per day to be provided by the family.
"We have come across many homeowners who failed to live up to their promise and at times we have had to pull the students out and look for new homes."
Mrs Baleilevuka said the welfare and safety of the students were paramount, therefore, regular inspection of homes was often carried out.
"We visit every family to check the condition of the house and the personalities of the family members. We will make sure the food also suits our students."