North Vancouver School District
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Homestay Information

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Our International Program students enjoy getting to know their host families.


Lynne Bolen, the International Program Administrator in North Vancouver, and her staff, work very closely with outside homestay agencies to place international students with caring families. Our goal is to place international students within close proximity of their schools, preferably within walking distance, so that students are fully integrated and have an opportunity to develop a sense of school and community.

Homestay plays a key role in the international student experience and greatly enhances the overall success for these students. The primary purpose behind homestay placement is to give international students the opportunity to experience life with a Canadian family while they develop their English language skills in a caring, comfortable family setting. While living in homestay, international students learn about, and begin to adapt to, Canadian culture and develop lifelong friendships.

Local homestay agencies interview all homestay families and each home is individually visited. Homestay families are carefully screened, must be prepared to include students in family activities, and are encouraged to spend quality time with the students and treat them like extended members of family. Homestay companies work closely with families to ensure safety, security, and comfort to the international students.

Homestay agencies work towards matching the interests and needs of the students with their host families. International students are provided with their own fully furnished bedroom, three quality meals a day, and access to laundry facilities, television, and telephone.