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Safe, caring, and a warm welcome.

International Programs Homestay

Every student residing in our homestay programs lives in a family environment that is safe, welcoming and full of integrity.

We use the following high standards to ensure the top quality of our homestays:

  • All participating homestay families hold an up to date Police Information Checks through the Squamish, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver Police Departments. A renewal is required every three years.
  • Our homestay coordinators visit and interview each family upon intake into our program as well as regular inspections.
  • Every homestay family participates in annual, mandatory homestay training.
  • Our office maintains regular, open communication with each family and vice versa.
  • Our homestay families are part of a network that helps and supports each other.
  • Each homestay family has access to International Programs staff emergency cell phone numbers.
  • Our participating families are allowed to collect only the approved monthly fees for room and board.
  • All homestay families must meet our standards, policies, and expectations.

As a result, we get to know our families well. In the very rare circumstances that a family cannot provide what we require for our international students, training may be provided, or the family may be removed from our program.

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What it takes

Basic home requirements to host a student

  • Welcoming a student with the spirit that they are a new family member.
  • A private bedroom to the student that includes bedroom door, window providing adequate light, a comfortable bed, night table, chest of drawers, closet and desk with chair. If the desk is not available in the room, a study area must be available.
  • The student will be provided with basic internet and full access to the common areas of the home.
  • Homestay is to provide pillows, bed linen, towels, toilet paper, bath mats, shower curtains, etc.
  • Homestay is to provide three generous, nutritious meals a day plus reasonable snacks and beverages.
  • Written house rules that are reviewed and discussed together.
  • A clean, safe, caring, and supervised environment.

If a Homestay change is needed

We encourage students to fill out their homestay application form as thoroughly as possible to ensure a good match with a family. The more specifics we receive, such as interests, dislikes, allergies and so on, the better the fit we can make.

Sometimes, personalities just don’t work. In this case, we ask that the student or homestay family to let us know. Often, it’s just a result of miscommunication and the situation can be resolved quickly. If things still aren’t working, even after sincere effort and the passage of time and mediation, we will offer one new alternative homestay family within our program.

Please note that we cannot offer multiple alternatives because of the matching required and homestay family availability. If mediation is unsuccessful or a change may be in the best interest of both parties, host families will be informed and receive a two week termination notice by our homestay team staff only. In some circumstances, the two weeks’ notice may be waived at the discretion of the homestay coordinators. If the student is not willing or able to stay the two weeks, we expect payment in lieu.

This responsibility is shared by the homestay family. When requesting a student to move, due process with the homestay coordinators is required. If mediation is unsuccessful, two week’s notice can be given to the student.

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