Homestay Placement and International Students Services
Guidelines for Host Families
When you are hosting a student or visitor, you become an ambassador for our beautiful country and have a chance to deeply influence a young life. In order for us to help in this process and to ensure a quality experience for our students and host families, we would ask you to review our host family guidelines below before completing your on-line application form.
- The homestay family should avoid treating the student as a tenant by making the student feel welcome and a part of the family. The host family must be tolerant of the student's foreign customs and habits. Remember to always be understanding, and have patience with the student .
- During the student stay, the host family is required to show the student how to get to school as well as other places of interest such as the library, shopping centres, and attractions and how to use public transportation.
- The student must be provided with a nice clean private room with basic furniture such as: - Comfortable bed (including linen, blanket and pillows) - Night table, lamp, and alarm clock/radio - Work desk with chair and desk lamp with sufficient lighting - Bureau, closet and mirror - A window in the room in order to escape in case of emergency
- Three nutritious meals must be provided daily. The meals, especially dinner, should be served in a family gathering and the student must feel welcome to the table at all times. Healthy snacks such as yogurt, fresh fruits, milk, juice, tea/coffee etc. need to be accessible to the student. No alcohol is to be offered to the student or visitor. If the family is unable to be at home for dinner, the family must leave a meal for the student with instructions on how to heat it. If the student will be home late, please leave a plate for them to heat up upon arrival home.
- Only one student or visitor is allowed per room, unless there is a special request by the homestay applicant for shared accommodation or by the homestay director.
- The host family must make sure that the student has a quiet environment in order to study, sleep and rest. If the host family has children, it is a good idea to let the children know that the student's bedroom is off limits (as are your bedrooms off limits for the student).
- Families are expected to respect and protect the property of the students.
- The host family must speak English with, and while in the presence of the student.
- Under no circumstances is the host family to accept or request any favors from the student such as house cleaning (other than their own bedroom), shopping, gardening, baby sitting, etc…
- As you should have insurance for passengers in your car, you should also have sufficient home and liability insurance in place. Please review your home insurance policy or consult with your insurance provider for details. Hospitalité Canada does not assume any responsibilities for any injuries suffered by the student while in the host family's care.
- If the host family has any concerns that they cannot discuss directly with the student or visitor, please contact Hospitalité Canada as soon as possible.
- Host Families must provide the student with their own house key.
- If student's are under the age of 11 yrs. they are not allowed to be left unattended at home.
- If a homestay student accompanies their host family on a holiday or trip, the host family must pay for accommodation and food. The student must pay for his or her own travel arrangements, admission tickets, or personal expenses. If the student will not join the host family, he or she must not be left alone. Alternate homestay arrangements must be made, paid for by the host family, and approved by Hospitalité Canada.
- Students are advised to purchase their own long distance pre-paid card or to make collect calls. Hospitalité Canada will not assume any responsibility regarding long distance charges.
- It is up to the host family discretion whether or not you allow the student to use your home computer and internet.
- The host family should do the laundry for students, or familiarize them with the use of washer and dryer, so they can do their own laundry.
- In order to make the students feel welcome and comfortable in your home, please take time to explain your family routines and Canadian customs to them.
- Host family must explain to the student or visitor how to evacuate the home in case of an emergency. The home must have functioning fire smoke detectors on every floor. Explain to the student how to use 911 in case of emergency.
- All members of the family must be willing to accept and host a student or visitor. Please make sure that all members of your family agree and are not just going along with the idea of hosting a student.
- While the student can be invited to attend religious services, the family should not apply any pressure to do so. The family should learn about the student's beliefs and culture, and respect them. The family should always be willing to direct the student to his or her religion's place of worship if required. A host family must always respect the religious beliefs of the student.
- Inform Hospitalité Canada of all other students or guests in the home, including those who move in after the student arrives.
- Contact Hospitalité Canada if problems arise and work together with the Coordinator towards a common solution
- Hospitalité Canada reserves the right to move the student for any reason. The host family must immediately refund the balance of the unused period of time. Please note, moving a student does not mean the termination of the homestay provider and Hospitalité Canada
- Should a host family like to terminate a homestay occupancy or reservation the host family must give Hospitalité Canada two weeks notice to make alternate homestay arrangements.
- Hospitalité Canada neither guarantees nor promises occupancy to the host family. Hospitalité Canada placement is based on supply and demand.
- Hospitalité Canada does not allow any discrimination against students. Upon a successful inspection by Hospitalité Canada, the host family applicant must provide a one-time criminal record check for our files.
Hospitalité Canada will provide you with the paperwork. Hospitalité Canada will facilitate this homestay arrangement, but it cannot be held responsible for disputes that may arise between families and students.