Frequently Asked Questions for Host Families

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions about hosting a homestay student, please feel free to reach out to us at info@harmonyhomestay.com

We welcome homestay students from countries all over Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Recently, our highest intake of students have come from Italy, Germany, Spain, and Mexico.

Students are primarily from Grades 10-12. Occasionally we have students as young as Grade 8, as well as some university students in town to attend the local colleges.

We offer both short-term and long-term placements to students. Placements can last anywhere from a couple weeks to one semester (from August to January or January to June) or a full school year (from August to June). Due to COVID-19, we currently aren’t offering short-term placements, but are working with agencies to start offering this again in 2022.

To host an international student, we require our host families to be able to provide basic requirements, including a private bedroom with a window, bed, desk, and drawers, three meals per day and snacks, heating, and wireless internet. While every student is different, we expect our hosts to create an open, welcome experience for our students. 

Homestay students are meant to be a part of your family during their stay. We recommend inviting your student to participate in activities with you, like watching movies or playing board games, while respecting that some may be more comfortable keeping to themselves.

For a full list of requirements, click here.

Most of our students attend the local high schools and universities. We work most closely with the school districts in Surrey and Coquitlam, but also have placed students in Burnaby, Langley, Abbotsford, and Maple Ridge. 

While living in the school catchment is preferred, it is not a requirement.

No. Unless an arrangement is made prior to the placement, students are required to get to and from school on their own. However, we expect our host families to support our students by showing them the nearest bus stops and transit routes to and from school.

Definitely! There are many options for traveling, even while a student is staying with you. Some of our host families invite a friend or family to come stay with their homestay student in their home, while some students have friends they can stay with during your time abroad. Many of our families actually bring the student with them! 

As a last resort, we can arrange a short-term homestay for a small fee.

Yes! Homestay families can earn up to $1050 per month for hosting, depending on the students’ dietary restrictions and preferences.

How to Apply To Host a Student

We’re always accepting applications for host families across the Lower Mainland to host students from all around the world. Simply fill out our quick application form below and our team will be in touch!