CHN Hosting Programs

The Canada Homestay Network specializes in providing top-quality homestay experiences to four types of international students.

1. Groups

  • Teenaged students ages 14–17 and teachers / chaperones ages 30–40
  • Program commitment usually 2–4 weeks, occasionally 2–3 months
  • Typically June and July
  • Students from China, Colombia, Japan and Spain
  • Great program for new hosts and hosts interested in a "tour guide" role

 

Canada Homestay Network GroupsOur groups, just like our students, come from all over the world. Groups are often high-school age, but can also be adults or working professionals. They may be placed in homes as singles, pairs, or sometimes even triples. The daily remuneration varies with every group, depending on several factors. 

The common theme among all our groups is that they are short in duration (most range from two to four weeks, though some last several months). While most students attend school or another organized program every weekday, the focus is on the homestay experience and integration into Canadian culture rather than on academics.

Hosting a group is a fantastic start for a new host, or if your schedule or lifestyle is not conducive to a long-term student. It's a fun way to get to know your own community again, as you often get to play "tourist" with your student(s). 

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2. Academic Year Programs (AYP)

  • Teenaged students ages 14–18
  • Program commitment usually one or two semesters during school year
  • Students from Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Russia and Spain
  • Ideal for hosts looking to make strong connections with students

 

Canada Homestay International Academic Year ProgramsThese students are all high-school age (generally 14–18) and come from many different countries including Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Russia and Spain. They attend a public or private high school for one or two semesters, and sometimes stay for a few years to complete their schooling in Canada. Remuneration varies depending on the community, but tends to follow generally accepted standards for monthly hosting.

These students are here to gain academic credit in high school, and to be immersed in French or English language classes with their Canadian counterparts. They usually have an English as a Second Language class as part of their curriculum. On top of adjusting to living in a different culture, these students are teenagers and many of them have never left home before. There are unique challenges to hosting an AYP student, but the rewards are immense. The bonds you can form with these young people are tremendous and can last a lifetime.

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3. Independent Language Schools (ILS)

  • Young-adult students ages 19–24
  • Program commitment 4- to 12-week cycles, year round
  • Students from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia
  • Great for hosts who prefer more independent students

 

Canada Homestay Independent Language SchoolsWe work with several Independent Language Schools in urban centres—mainly Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto. The students who attend these schools have a range of choices for their programs and specialties, but they are all here to improve their English. With a few exceptions, they are all over 18. We have placed students from over 120 countries since 1995. 

The length of stay for ILS students is usually a minimum of one month, but there are a few shorter programs. Most students tend to come for 1–6 months, with some staying up to a year. The peak season for our ILS clients is in the summer months. Remuneration varies depending on where you live, the student's nationality, their chosen meal plan, and other special requests. Rates are competitive and tend to follow generally accepted standards for monthly hosting in these cities.

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4. Universities and Colleges 

  • Young-adult students ages 19–24
  • Program commitment 1–4 months, September to April
  • Students from China, Japan, Mexico, and Russia
  • Great for hosts who prefer more independent students

 

Canada Homestay Universities and CollegesWe are proud to provide homestay accommodation services to leading universities and colleges across Canada. Many of the students who come to Canada for post-secondary studies are excited about the exceptional opportunities offered by Canadian universities. Some students enter "pathway" programs that prepare them for higher-level learning, while others are mature professionals pursuing post-graduate (Masters) programs.  

Most of our university and college programs require students to commit to one semester, with monthly renewals thereafter. Several of our clients also offer short-term (group) programs at the university level. The peak season runs from September through April, with some students staying through the summer months. As with our ILS programs, remuneration varies depending on where you live, meal plan options, and other special requests such as a private bathroom. Rates are competitive and tend to follow generally accepted standards for monthly hosting in these cities.

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