HOMESTAY

Your home away from home

There is no better way to gain an understanding of a different culture than to completely immerse oneself in it. Homestay students learn about Canadian culture through new foods, customs, and practices. Students improve their listening and speaking skills through daily interaction with their host family in addition to gaining a measure of independence and responsibility.

Bodwell arranges accommodations with carefully screened host families to suit a student's particular needs. Each student will have a private bedroom in a residence located near the school. Our dedicated program staff works closely with students and families to ensure good relationships and excellent student living conditions.

CONSTANT LEARNING

Homestay students can improve their spoken English and gain unique cultural experiences by staying immersed in a Canadian living environment with a host family.

FREEDOM & PRIVACY

Homestay Privacy

Students gain a measure of independence, freedom, and privacy at their homestay. With their own bedroom and more fluid schedule, students will learn how to manage their time effectively. It Is a great way to learn personal responsibility.

SUPPORT

Homestay Support

At school, the homestay program staff students and make sure they are assigned to families that best suit them. At home, their homestay parents take on the role of Canadian parent.

PROGRAMMING

Homestay Programming

Carefully chosen student homestay leaders work together with staff, to plan activities, outings and volunteer events specifically for homestay students.

BECOME A HOST FAMILY

A Rewarding Experience

Becoming a host family has many benefits and not all of them are financial. By hosting, you are committing to provide a comfortable safe living environment for a member of the Bodwell student body. Currently students range in age from 12 to 20 years old. As well as the student learning more about the Canadian way of life, we hope that you also will learn about your student's culture and personality.

HOW TO APPLY

To become a Host Family with Bodwell High School, you can start by downloading the application package below that contains the following documents:

1. Homestay Guidelines
2. Criminal Record Check Application
3. CRC Letter
4. Payment and Refund Policy
5. Host Family Homestay Application

Please read over everything carefully. Return your completed forms including the refund policy sheet in person, by mail or email. Keep copies for your own reference. You will also need to complete a criminal record check from the police station. There is a special letter about the vulnerable sector that you need to bring to the police station.

All applications are kept on file. When new homestay families are needed, applicants are contacted and a home visit is arranged. If the home is found suitable, it will be approved for student placement. When an appropriate student is matched to your family, the homestay coordinator will contact you and make the necessary arrangements.

Other important things to note include:

1. It is essential to have a good internet service as students like to communicate with their family and friends via email, Facebook, Skype etc.
2. Please note any other special features at your home such as a piano, pool, ensuite bathroom, etc.
3. If you are hosting students from other schools, please keep in mind that there must not be two students of the same language at a house and no more than 3 students total.

Homestay Guidelines
& Applications Package
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