Experience family life in Canada this summer!
Students 14 – 18 years old are invited to join our Summer Homestay Experience programme. A homestay programme gives youth the opportunity to truly integrate into Canadian culture, while living with a caring host family. Students join their host family in common daily activities and routines, allowing them to practice their English in a natural, friendly, supportive, and safe home environment. They will also be encouraged to immerse themselves in the community and experience the local culture. Homestay is the ideal way to learn what life in Canada is all about!
Dates and Fees 2018
All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD
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Please contact us for programme fees.
Our Host Families
Host families are carefully screened and selected by CISS. Host families have a sincere desire to welcome an international student into their home, and families represent a range of family types including two-parent families with children, blended families combining children from previous marriages that may or may not live full time with the core family, couples without children, retired couples or single-parent families.
Our families believe that hosting a student is a rewarding and unique experience that will not only enrich the life of the young student, but that of their family’s as well. Host families come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and circumstances. Based on each individual’s needs, host families are carefully interviewed and screened for suitability. We require our families to supply Police background checks so that we can provide a secure environment for our students.
Families live in a variety of homes including detached houses, townhomes, bungalows, and apartments.
A farm-stay may be possible with advanced notice, in select locations.
Students have a private bedroom in a host family home
- Bedrooms typically include a bed, dresser and closet
- Bed linens, blankets, pillows are provided by the family
- Students have use of the laundry facilities in the home
- Other areas in the home are for common use by the student and family
Students are encouraged to integrate into the family
Depending on the chosen arrival gateway, our expert homestay team will place students with a family in one of the location options. We are proud to feature a range of communities that each offer their own unique charm, from picturesque landscapes and local festivals to friendly neighbours and welcoming host families. These are smaller cities that allow the student to appreciate “traditional Canada”, while at the same time being close enough to large urban centres for more social and cultural amenities.
Vancouver Gateway - YVR
Victoria Gateway - YYJ
Toronto Gateway - YYZ
on Vancouver Island
Offered in various communities across Canada, this programme gives youth the opportunity to truly integrate into Canadian culture, while living with a caring host family.
Students join everyday activities and practice their English within a friendly, supportive, and safe home environment. They will also be encouraged to immerse themselves into the local community and to experience the local culture. Homestay is the ideal way to learn what life in Canada is all about!
Upon arrival students are met at the airport by a CISS/MLI representative who assists them to meet their pre-arranged transportation from the airport to their community and homestay.
The summer holiday in Canada takes place during July and August, so Canadian students do not attend school during this time. Summer in Canada is a busy time of year and there is always something to do!
The visiting student can expect to spend time with their host family or new local friends, visiting interesting places in their community, shopping, going to movies etc. While there is no set programme structure, host parents will involve the visiting student in whatever activities they have planned as a family.
On their final departure day, students are transferred from the host community to the airport and assisted with airport check in by a CISS/MLI representative.
- Orientation Package
- Homestay recruitment and inspection
- Custodianship of minor while in Canada
- Airport assistance on arrival and departure
- Door to door transportation from point of entry to assigned residence by licensed and insured drivers
- Full board accommodation - three meals are available for the student on a daily basis
- Local coordinator support
- Student monitoring and reporting (1 report per 4 week stay)
- 24 hour emergency support line
- All applicable taxes
- Programming prior to and following homestay programme
- Emergency Health Insurance - Note: it's mandatory for the students to have their own overseas insurance