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
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.