Who makes a great homestay?

Good hosts are as varied as the human race. They are couples, with children, young and old; empty nesters; single moms and dads. Their homes are downtown apartments or suburban bungalows; their professions are school teachers, doctors, shop owners; artists, musicians and choristers!

The common denominator among all these differences is the gift of hospitality, and a natural curiosity and interest in other peoples and points of view. Being a great host requires a sensitive and patient family. It can be overwhelming for a student to be so far away from home. A thoughtful host family appreciates that each student is unique, and that communication and mutual understanding take effort.

Our hosts are interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually rewarding way. We do not accept hosts who are interested in money alone. These motives are obvious to students, and interfere with the intended homestay experience: a safe, secure, welcoming environment to learn and grow in.