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Homestay

We believe that homestay is the most important part of the international experience, so we operate our own homestay department.  International students aged 12 or older can stay with a carefully selected Canadian homestay family while studying in Abbotsford.   (Students younger than 12 must stay with their legal parent(s) or a direct relative such as an aunt, uncle, or grandparent.)

Host families accommodate a maximum of 2 international students at a time.  Students have their own private rooms, and are always from countries that have different languages.  All homestay families must speak only English.

Homestay in Abbotsford includes:

  • Homestay family profiles before students arrive
  • Tips on how to prepare for the home stay experience
  • A homestay orientation meeting before school begins
  • A clean, private, fully-furnished bedroom
  • Food provided for three nutritious meals a day
  • Access to a bathroom, laundry and other facilities
  • A 24-hour emergency contact number

Clear communication is critical

  • Our homestay department works closely with our International Assistants to facilitate clear communication between students and families so that we can find potential challenges and respond to them quickly.
  • Shortly after arrival the homestay coordinator meets with each student individually to check on how they are settling into their new home, and to discuss family rules and expectations. 
  • We collect data on families and students to see how they measure up.  Each student and family must complete a survey in the second month of each semester.  When students leave the program we collect more information from them about their homestay experience.
  • Students can contact and meet with the homestay coordinator through their International Assistant or directly at any time during the school year.  

The Home Stay Selection Process

Our home stay selection process is designed to ensure you have the most comfortable and rewarding experience possible.

Homestay families are required to:

  • Attend an information session on the expectations of the home stay program
  • Have their home visited and inspected by our Home Stay Coordinator
  • Have family members interviewed by the Home Stay Coordinator
  • Provide character references with their application
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Attend training sessions during the home stay year 
  • Speak English only - the majority of our families are native English speakers, and all must be fluent English speakers at a minimum.

​For more information on what to expect in your home stay experience, please see our Home stay Expectations and Guidelines.

If you are interested in becoming a host family for the Abbotsford School District International Program, please click here for details.