We are pleased that you would like to host an international student or visitor in your home. Hosting can be a very exciting adventure! Students may stay from a few weeks, to several months, to several years. They also come from many different places around the world. The students we place are as diverse as the families that host them. They are here attending ESL classes, work in an internship or volunteer just for the fun of it. During this time you will have the opportunity to welcome a new member into your family and learn about other interesting cultures.
If you are ready to build new global relationships please click to apply and follow the instructions below:
Download SIL Host Family Application
Please download the application form and then attach it to an email to hgimmersionprograms(at)gmail(dot)com with APPLICATION as the subject line
IMPORTANT NOTE – we can not accept the application form in a .jpg .pdf or ,pages format. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT THE FORM. Our database is all electronic so we cannot accept paper copies and we do not accept faxes.
Once you download the form it will open in Microsoft Word. Enter all applicable information on your computer and then attach the completed form to an email at the above email address.
Host Family Qualities
What are we looking for in a host family?
Have a genuine interest in other cultures and nationalities.
Be warm and compassionate.
Have a sincere interest in international exchange.
Make your visitor’s safety both in and outside the home a priority.
Host family Requirements:
The host family must be Canadian Citizens.
English only, is to be used when the visitor is present. This includes phone conversations and interaction with other guests in the home.
The host family must provide 3 meals per day and make snacks available.
The host family must provide a safe home and a private bedroom for our students/visitors.
The room must have a least one window and be furnished with a bed, desk, and drawers.
The room must be heated to the comfort of the student.
The guest room cannot be shared with another visitor or family member, unless our visitors request 2 people per room.
The host family will not leave the visitor/student alone in the home for overnight or consecutive nights, without an immediate adult, relative, or an adult present in the home to care for their visitor.
Host families must abide by transportation arrangements made at the time of placing the student
Wire-less Internet connection required.
The host family must provide a criminal record check at their expense for all adults in the home if the international student is under the age of 18 years.
The host family will give one month notice to terminate the homestay.
A $50.00 non-refundable confirmation fee is payable to SIL administrator upon confirmation of each long term student placement. This fee confirms you are holding your available room for our student when they arrive. No confirmation fee is charged for hosting short term students.
Fill out the Host Family Application