Homestay Host Families
The Langara Homestay Program supports a network of incredible host families who provide inspiring experiences for our students. Over the past 30+ years we’ve helped more than 30,000 international students find their home in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and we’re proud of our program’s tradition of support and community.
Hosting an international student is a rewarding experience enjoyed by thousands of families in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The lives of Langara’s homestay families are enriched by the students they host in a variety of ways. By becoming a host family with Langara you can:
- Develop life-long friendships with individuals from around the world
- Learn about new cultures (especially valuable for the children of homestay families)
- Serve as an ambassador for Canada and BC
- Choose between short-term and long-term hosting opportunities
- Host high school or post-secondary students
- Supplement your household income with up to $1,000 a month
Families are supported by the experienced team at Langara who provide comprehensive orientation and assistance throughout the homestay period. Families are also compensated for hosting. Rates vary depending on the age of each student and the length of their stay, but typical rates are:
- $950 per month for long-term college programs (from September 2021)
- $1,000 per month for long-term high school programs
We have many different kinds of host families: parents with young children, parents with teenage or grown children, single mothers or fathers, couples without children, older couples, and single individuals without children. Vancouver is known for its multiculturalism, and our host families represent a spectrum of ethnic diversity. Every host family is unique. To be a successful host family, applicants need to be:
- Interested in hosting an international student
- Willing to include their student in family activities
Our host families are screened before being accepted into the program and a Homestay Coordinator visits each home to meet the family members, inspect the home, and to discuss our program. If approved, host families must also attend an orientation meeting in which they learn more about our program.