The Canada Homestay Network http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:12:17 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/favicon-32x32.png The Canada Homestay Network http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca 32 32 Hosting international student “a wonderful experience” for Sudbury family http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/hosting-international-student-wonderful-experience-sudbury-family/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:28:28 +0000 http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/?p=8991   Loc, a Grade 12 international student from Vietnam, is living with a homestay family while he studies at St. Charles College in Sudbury, Ontario. This winter he touched snow for the first time.     When Michelle Hempel thinks of hosting international students, the word “firsts” come to mind. “When students see their first […]

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Loc, a Grade 12 international student from Vietnam, is living with a homestay family while he studies at St. Charles College in Sudbury, Ontario. This winter he touched snow for the first time.

 


 

When Michelle Hempel thinks of hosting international students, the word “firsts” come to mind.

“When students see their first snow fall, get their first stocking at Christmas, visit iconic places like Niagara Falls, you really see the joy in their eyes,” she says. “It’s a wonderful experience.”

When Michelle’s husband Dave—an employee of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board (SCDSB)—learned the district was urgently looking for homestay families to support international education programs, the timing was perfect. Their twin boys were going into Grade 11 and their daughter was leaving for college. Having an extra room in the house, the Hempels seized the opportunity for a dynamic new family experience and applied to host.

In September, they welcomed Loc, a Grade 12 international student from Vietnam, who will be staying with them until June while he studies at St. Charles College.

“He fit in well from the start, especially with our twins,” Michelle says. “There’s a bit of a language barrier, but teens are teens. No matter the culture or where they’re from, they’re exposed to the same things, they like the same things. They have common ground.”

And as Loc studies English at St. Charles and learns about Canadian culture, the experience is reciprocated.

“It’s really good for our boys to learn more about what’s beyond their own city and country,” Michelle says. “It takes them outside their box.”

Homestay hosts are needed urgently across Sudbury!

School districts in Sudbury have partnered with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) to support international student homestay hosts in Sudbury. CHN is a family-run, non-profit society that for nearly 25 years has helped thousands of Canadian families welcome students from more than 70 countries.

Hosts get 24×7 support, a generous allowance to offset expenses and the opportunity to bring the world to their front door.

For more information about hosting, contact sudburyinfo@canadahomestaynetwork.ca or 705 479 2314 ext. 2010. To learn more about the hosting experience and how your family can benefit, visit: www.whyihost.ca/sudbury.

Apply to host now!

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Student Testimonial – Masaki from Japan http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/student-testimonial-masaki-japan/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:16:02 +0000 http://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/?p=8752 My name is Masaki Kato. I came to Canada from Japan about 3 years ago. I was 15, and my English wasn’t the greatest when I first arrived here. I still remember that I could only introduce myself in English very briefly. I was also very nervous and scared of going to a local high […]

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My name is Masaki Kato. I came to Canada from Japan about 3 years ago. I was 15, and my English wasn’t the greatest when I first arrived here. I still remember that I could only introduce myself in English very briefly. I was also very nervous and scared of going to a local high school in Canada. For example, my biggest concern was making new friends whose first language is different from mine. Although I personally love socializing with people, I wasn’t really sure if other kids in the school would accept me or not. Other examples of my concerns were living with a host family and studying. However, in the end of this wonderful experience in Canada, I realized that I didn’t have to worry about any of the concerns I had.

As soon as I arrived in Ottawa, my very welcoming host family came to the airport to pick me up with warm hugs, which helped me a lot to feel comfortable with staying at their place. Not only in learning English, my host family helped me in many other things too, such as the transportation in the city, getting a phone, even school work, and many more! Most importantly, they always made delicious meals which I was totally in love with. Some people might think that living with a host family wouldn’t be really comfortable, but it was not true in my case. My host family was always very nice, friendly, and helpful. I really enjoyed chatting with them everyday, because I could really feel that my English was getting better and better. I was extremely happy when they told me that I don’t really have an accent when I speak English.
When it comes to questions, concerns, or troubles with my host family, my homestay coordinator, Angelle, always helped me. Although I didn’t have a lot of big troubles with my host family constantly, after I finished Gr.11, I decided to change my host family due to my personal reasons. In that case, I asked my coordinator, Angelle, and she quickly made a move to find a better place for me. Thanks to her, I was able to have great times in my last year in Canada. Most host families are nice, but it can be hard to find the best one for each student, therefore homestay coordinator is always there to help international students.
In conclusion of this article, I would like to say that my 3 years in Canada was absolutely amazing and unforgettable. I enjoyed every single day in Canada with my multicultural friends, host family, and Canada Homestay! I’m really going to miss everything about this life-changing experience in Canada. I will definitely come back to Ottawa again!

Masaki

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