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June 8, 2022

Become a host Family for an International Student

The New Westminster School District International Education Program is looking for new host families for students attending in September 2022.
To be a homestay family, you need to be able to provide:

  • A private bedroom, with a desk, chair, lamp and a window
  • Three meals a day, plus snacks
  • Internet access to support both schoolwork and connections to home countries and families
  • The ability to support a young person as they make a big transition, alone
  • An English-speaking home environment
  • Invitations for students to join in family activities or hobbies.

Homestay families receive a monthly fee for hosting a student.

Students attending NWSS take care of their own transit needs to and from school. Our International Education team is there to support both students and families. The Homestay Manager for the International Education program will be there every step of the way as part of that team – helping do everything from placing our students with the right family to providing support to both students and families throughout their stay.

As we continue to be mindful of how COVID-19 protocols shift, please know that our team and our students have been very strictly following all International and local protocols around travel and safety, and will continue to do so. What we’ve seen over the last two years is that our students have understood the requirements they needed to meet, both internationally and locally, and they’ve taken them seriously so they didn’t risk losing their opportunity to have this amazing experience.

Being a homestay family is not the right fit for every household. But for those ready to welcome new young people to experience all that this country and community have to offer; it can provide lasting friendships and opportunities for families to see the world in a new way.

Interested in learning more? Read this page on the International Education site:

Questions? Interested in taking the next step? Please contact Homestay Manager Sara Dick: or 604-517-6280.

Thanks for taking time to learn about and consider welcoming an excited student into your home! We look forward to connecting to see if you and your family could be the right fit to support and engage with these students and their parents.

– The International Education & The New Westminster Schools teams