Host families provide essentially what they would normally provide for their own family:
• Private bedroom. Three wholesome meals a day and snacks as required
• Quiet, well-lit and heated study space
• Bathing/showering facilities
• Emotional support if the student is suffering from homesickness, difficulties at school, etc
• Access to the common living areas of the house
• Interaction with family members and participation in family activities
Much consideration is given to matching a student with a host family.
The Homestay Services Co-Ordinator takes great care in reviewing the student’s application and determining: their likes/dislikes; if there are any allergies; if they are musical; if they are from a large family, etc.
The Homestay Services Co-Ordinator then seeks to place the student in a family with similar interests and experiences. The first few days are the hardest. Students can expect that the host family will do the following
during these exciting days:
• Teach student how to use the phone, what the host family phone number is and emergency numbers, how to use the phone directory, and rules for making calls.
• Help student arrange for a personal phone, if requested (see above).
•Go with student to open a bank account. Stress not to carry large amounts of money or leave it at
home. Show student how to use his/her ATM card and explain the importance of keeping the PIN number secret.
• Go over school information with student.
• Discuss schedules for breakfast, showering, school, supper, etc.
• Show student the route to and from school, or where to get on/off the bus.
• Visit some local points of interest.
• Establish a pattern of daily conversation. Have student help make a list of conversation topics to get through the first few weeks.
• Relax and make the student feel comfortable.
Host families are encouraged to take an active interest in their student’s school work and performance.
They do so by encouraging the timely completion of homework and checking on progress and attending
meetings and parent/teacher conferences when needed. We believe that showing an interest in student’s progress contributes positively to his/her Canadian education experience.