Information for Host Families

Saanich School District has been successfully welcoming international students for nearly 20 years. Host families play a pivotal role in our program as they become the “Canadian family” for our students. We are always looking for new families to join our wonderful and dedicated community of host families that is helping to create an unforgettable experience for the international students in our program.

As a host family for Saanich International Student Program, you become the “home away from home” for the young person staying with your family. By welcoming the student into your home and treating them as a valued member of your family, your family is offering them the chance to experience true Canadian family life which will make them much more than a visitor here. In turn, you will also begin to understand their country, their family, their customs, and their beliefs as well. Host families and their students often develop a strong relationship that can last a lifetime. Many of our host families are still in touch with their former students and have even made trips to visit them in their home countries!

For more detailed information about hosting an international student, please go to tour FAQs. Thank you for your interest in hosting for Saanich International Student Program!

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Information for Students

Schools in the Saanich district are located in beautiful neighborhoods. Families from these neighborhoods are carefully screened to host international students before they qualify. We understand the importance of a quality placement for every student.  The Program ensures that students are placed in clean, caring homes and is responsible for on-going monitoring of the family and of the student.

In many cases, one of the family’s children attends school in this district. In fact, your host siblings may actually attend the same school you will attend. In addition, we try to house the student in a neighborhood near the school.  Please note that the schools are located not far from downtown Victoria, and the city transportation service is safe and efficient.

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