For any young person thinking of studying abroad their thoughts are filled with a sense of excitement and hesitation. They know many things will change but they anticipate the change with thoughts of happiness and adventure. Their parents are excited and reserved they want to know that they will be somewhere happy and safe. Vineridge Academy knows these concerns and expectations and has created two housing options to accommodate individual requests.
Host Families come in all shapes and sizes: parents with young children, parents with teenagers, families with no children or families whose children are all grown up and moved out. Homestay families are as diverse as the international students who stay with them. Our Homestay families vary in size, age, and ethnic background. What they all have in common is a desire to share in the experience of welcoming an International Student into their homes, speak with them and open their minds to new experiences. Our on-site homestay coordinator interviews interested host families, educates them on the hosting experience and ensures they are a good fit for our program. In addition to this process, a police clearance is required prior to placing students. The homestay coordinator communicates with host families and students on a regular basis to ensure a smooth transition into the Canadian lifestyle and assist with problem solving as situations arise.
Host families are able to offer students the close care and attention they need while they are far from home. They maintain good eating habits, regular sleep and social behavior. Most importantly, they are there to talk with, comfort and support students. Students also get accustomed to Canadian food as they eat breakfast and dinner with their host family.
We have complete profiles of our host families, including their interests and personalities. The students who choose to live with host families are also encouraged to provide a detailed profile of themselves to allow for the best match. We do our very best to determine where the student will have the best experience.BECOME A HOST FAMILY