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Host Family Guidelines




During the application process, we require: 

  • Completion of an online application
  • Each adult member of a homestay family must submit a criminal record check
  • Home visit by homestay coordinator
  • Annual homestay orientation/information session

Homestay settings must offer:
  • A clean, well-organized living environment in a house, duplex, or townhouse with direct access to a private yard
  • A private bedroom - including a window, comfortable bed, dresser, study table, chair, lamp and internet access
  • A home for no more than two international students at the same time.  Cannot concurrently host international students from other programs
  • Easily accessible bathroom and laundry facilities
  • Use English as the primary language in the home

​Homestay parents must offer students:
  • A safe, nurturing, supportive home environment
  • 3 substantial meals a day and a reasonable amount of nutritious snacks
  • The guidance and support reasonable to expect of adults who are assuming responsibility for the care of a young person who is far from their own family
  • Kelowna airport pick up upon arrival and drop off at departure.  (Fall arrival August 28 - 30)
  • Reasonable amount of driving for social and extra-curricular activities
  • Opportunities to participate in family activities
  • Support for student interests in cultural, athletic and community activities
  • Ensure student's wellbeing and seek medical attention when necessary
  • Approved supervision when host parents are away overnight
  • Maintain regular communication with program

 Central Okanagan Public Schools provides: 
  • Homestay family orientation
  • Dedicated homestay coordinator
  • 24 hour emergency phone line
  • Monthly activity program
  • Compensation of $1000 per month per student (max. 2 students) for the 2022/23 school year
  • Compensation of $1100 per month per student (max. 2 students) for the 2023/24 school year​

​Guiding Principle for all Homestays:

 β€‹Treat the student as you would your own child and as you would want your child to be treated if s/he were staying with a homestay family in a different country.

* please refer to Homestay Guidelines document below


Weblink to Online Application:  Homestay Application

For more information, email or call 250-470-3258​