Homestay Information for Students

The St. Andrew’s Homestay Program

International students coming to St. Andrew's High School are required to stay with a Canadian family approved by the school. We consider the homestay family a very important part of the International Student Program. Families provide not just room and board, but they become friends and guides in a new culture. It allows the student to improve his or her English at a faster rate, experience Canadian culture, participate in the everyday activities of a Canadian family and gain important skills in independence.

About Our Families

Where do we find our Host Families?
The St. Andrew’s Homestay Program advertises in the Catholic School Community, the Catholic Church Community and through word-of-mouth.  A family who wishes to host students submits a detailed application form, which is reviewed by our Homestay Coordinator.  The family will then be visited and interviewed to ensure it is a safe, caring environment for the student.  All adults in the family must submit an approved Criminal Record Check.

The Make-up of a Host Family

Host families are not necessarily a Mom, Dad and children your own age.  For example, a host family can be a single woman, a couple with no children, or perhaps a single Mom with children.  Although every effort is made to find a suitable host family within the Catholic community, this is not always possible.  The most important factor is their willingness to embrace someone from another culture, welcome them into their life and their home, and help guide and support them through their time at school.

Homestay is not the same as a Bed & Breakfast or a Hotel  

The student might be asked to contribute to the daily running of the home, for example, cleaning their own room, helping to clear up after dinner, do their own laundry, just like a participating member of the family.  The student will receive three meals a day, but the student may be expected to prepare his/her own breakfast and lunch.  The Host Family will teach the student how to do this and supply the necessary food items.

Expectations of Students in Homestay

Please read the following information to help with your homestay experience.


The Homestay Coordinator is able to provide on-going support to international students within the St. Andrew’s Homestay Program in the event of any problems or concerns.  The Homestay Coordinator makes weekly check-ins with international students at school, and can always be contacted by cell phone or e-mail.


High school students will be required to pay a monthly rate per month (please see the International Student Fee Schedule for current rates) to the host family as of the first day of the first month of their school term until the last day of their last month of their school term.  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 the family, either before or after the assigned homestay period, will be prorated.


The Director of International Education and the Homestay Coordinator will host an orientation session for international students during their first week of school.  This will help familiarize the student with school and cultural expectations.


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