What is the Homestay Program?
Our Homestay Program is the most important part of the study abroad experience. Our students and our homestay families have developed relationships that last a lifetime.
We have been managing our own program in our community for over 20 years. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority and we ensure each of our international students are matched to warm, caring, and active families.
Our Homestay Families
Each homestay family is carefully selected, screened, interviewed, and all reference checks have been obtained. Each home has been visited by one of our full-time homestay coordinators and each student will be supported throughout the study abroad experience. Our homestay coordinators check in with their students on a regular basis.
Advantages of Our Homestay Program
Our international students achieve personal and academic success by living in a comfortable and supportive environment. They feel safe and secure, as our host parents care for students as they care for their own children. International students learn about Canadian lifestyle & culture and are encouraged to speak English every day with families whose first language is English.
What to Expect from Homestay Families
Students are matched to families based on a careful review of their application, their school choice, their personal interests, and activities. International students are provided with a private bedroom, three meals a day, and basic necessities including toiletries. Special requests such as dietary concerns or allergies can be accommodated. Students walk or take the school bus to school along with their new Canadian friends. Students will live about 10 minutes away from their school choice.
Our families live a healthy, active lifestyle and really enjoy being involved and engaged in the life of their international student. We encourage our students to take part in all the adventures available to them with their new Canadian family.