Host a Student
Becoming a Homestay Family
Host an international visa student studying in a York Region school who wishes to improve his/her English skills and experience Canadian culture.
Are you interested in an enriching experience? By hosting an international visa student you will:
Can you provide?
Homestay family applicants will be pre-screened, interviewed and homes will be visited. A Police Vulnerable Sector Screening (PVSS) is required for every member of the household who is over 18 years of age (at the expense of the applicant immediately upon being approved by Homestay Services, and yearly, thereafter). Only families who maintain their PVSS yearly will be considered for hosting.
Homestay families are needed in the following YRDSB school communities:
|Alexander Mackenzie HS||Bur Oak SS||Dr. GW Williams SS||Dr. JM Denison SS||Huron Heights SS|
|King City SS||Langstaff SS||Maple HS||Markham DHS||Middlefield CI|
|Milliken Mills HS||Richmond Green SS||Sir William Mulock SS||Stouffville SS||Thornhill SS|
|Thornlea SS||Vaughan SS||Woodbridge CI|
For information, contact email@example.com
We joined this homestay program since September 2008. We're glad that we're able to help these student by welcoming them to our home and giving them a good family. We're here to help and guide them. We know that they are away from their families and they are new to this country, so we try to do our best to have them feel at home. So far,we've been so lucky to have good students in our home and they respect us and listen to our advices. And I also appreciate the dedication of the YRDSB coordinators , for making time to visit them every month and make sure the students are with good families and well taken care of. ~ Norma DeVera
How can I best describe my experience this year having Jing Wei Chen, an international student from China, living with me? The best way is to describe Lorraine (her chosen Western name) is: active, bouncy, curious, dedicated, enthusiastic, funny, gregarious, helpful, interested and interesting, joyful, kind, lovely, mentor to other students, natural, open, questioning, resolute, super-duper, thoughtful, understanding, victorious, willing, xtremely social, youthful, zealous. Because of Lorraine’s qualities my life has been enriched. Her joi de vivre has brought laughter, joy and warmth to my home. I am honoured that the Homestay Program has chosen me to be part of their program. I am grateful for this amazing life experience. ~ Rhea L. Bottler