Homestay Information for Host Families

Thank you for your interest in the Homestay Program for Island Catholic Schools. Host families are a very important part of the International Student Program. Families provide not just room and board; they become friends and guides in a new culture. The main role of the host family is to provide a safe, comfortable home environment within which the student feels supported, at ease, and encouraged to use his/her English-speaking skills.  Many host families develop rewarding, long-lasting relationships with their students.  Being a homestay parent requires time, commitment and flexibility, but most of all kindness and understanding for a student far away from their natural parents.

STEPS TO HOSTING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

1. Understand your responsibilities​
     Please read the Expectations of Host Families to become acquainted with the
     role of being a Host Family.  You will be expected to provide a student 
     with the same support as a family member.

2.  Fill out and submit a Host Family Application
     Return form to:   
               St. Andrew’s Regional High School 
               880 McKenzie Avenue 
               Victoria, BC   V8X 3G5
               Attention: Hilary Parker
       Or
               Fax: 250-479-5356   scan/e-mail:  hparker@cisdv.bc.ca

3.  Home Visit 
     Following review of your application, you will be contacted by our
     Homestay Coordinator who will schedule an interview at your home.

4.  Acceptance Requirements 
     If your application is accepted, we will require: 
           a. Signed Agreement Form 
           b. Criminal Record Checks for all residents of the
               household 18 years and older.  These will be considered
               valid for a period of three years.

REMUNERATION (from September 2015) 
·      Host families will receive $900 per month per student 
·      It is the student's responsibility to pay the host family on the first day of each month. 
·      Any additional days the student stays with you, either before or after the assigned             homestay period, will be prorated at $30 per day.

We realize that for some families the host family remuneration is a welcome addition to their monthly budget, but at no time should a family rely on the remuneration to meet their monthly financial obligations.  We cannot guarantee the placement of a student in your home at any point in time, and we strongly caution any family to count on this “income”.  We need to be assured that you will not suffer financial hardship if a student is moved from your home or a student cancels their participation prior to arrival.

ORIENTATION
When feasible, the recruiting agent, the school, the Director of International Education and the Host Family Coordinator, will host an orientation session for homestay parents.  This will help to familiarize the homestay parents with cultural expectations, to meet other homestay families, and to become acquainted with the philosophy and programs at Island Catholic Schools.

GUIDE FOR HOST FAMILIES
For details on all aspects of our hosting program, please read our “Guide for Host Families”.  

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