Become a Host Family

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Become a Host Family

Are you interested in sharing your home and culture with a global student who is eager to learn and explore?

At Harmony Homestay, we match international students with warm, compassionate host families across the Lower Mainland. Our homestay program offers both short-term and long-term homestay placements with students who are seeking an authentic Canadian family experience.

If you have a spare bedroom available and love the idea of sharing your home and culture with others, consider joining countless other families from Vancouver to Surrey, BC by becoming a homestay host.

What is a homestay family?

A homestay family provides a safe home for an international or foreign exchange student to live while traveling abroad. The homestay student stays with the host family to learn a new language, experience a new culture, and gain life-long experiences.

Opening your home to a homestay student is an unforgettable, rewarding experience for all members of the family. As a homestay host, you play such an important, life-changing role in the lives of our students, and the relationships you build extend far beyond their stay in Canada.

Benefits of being a host family

  • Expose your family to cultures and traditions from all over the world
  • Share your family’s culture and traditions with others
  • Play a part in a life-changing experience that will leave a mark on a young student’s life
  • Make new memories that will last a lifetime
  • Earn up to $1050 per month for hosting a student


  • Be Canadian citizens
  • Only speak English around your homestay student
  • Be able to provide 3 meals per day, plus snacks
  • Offer a safe home with a private bedroom with a window, bed, desk, and drawers and wireless internet connection 
  • Agree not to leave the student alone overnight 
  • Must provide a criminal record check for all adults in the home 

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!