Become a Homestay Family

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Homestay Requirements

Thank you for your interest in becoming a homestay family.  As a host parent, you are expected to provide essentially what you would normally provide for your own family:
  • Private bedroom
  • Three wholesome meals a day and snacks as required
  • Quiet, well-lit and heated study space
  • Hot water and facilities for bathing
  • You might choose to educate him/her on laundry (you can ask the student to do his/her own laundry using the washer and dryer in your house if you wish)
  • Emotional support if the student is suffering from homesickness, difficulties at school, etc
  • Academic support e.g. help with homework, communication with teachers, etc.
  • Access to the common living areas of the house
  • Interaction with the family members and participation in family activities


The District sets the host family fee each year. Under no circumstances are private arrangements authorized unless the District Principal gives approval.

  • Some students do pay their host family directly. Students who pay directly are expected to pay on the 1st day of the month.
  • Some Host parents are paid by the School District accounting office. Those families will be informed and are asked not to request money directly from the student. Cheques will be mailed on the 15th of the month.  You may request to pick it up at the School Board Office on that day.
  • Some agents prefer to pay host families directly on behalf of their students (MLIS/CISS pay on the 1st of the month, GPI pay on the 25th of the month).

The homestay coordinator will notify you of the method of payment for each student. Remuneration is $850 per month (starting September 2017).  If a student moves within the month, then the fee will be pro-rated.

  Procedures for becoming a Homestay Family

  1. Please fill out a Homestay Application form and either email application to or drop it off at the Qualicum International Student Program between the hours of 9:00 am & 3:00 pm at: 502 Bay Ave, Parksville, BC

Homestay Application Download: Click Here

The Homestay Staff will contact you once the application is received and processed.  A Home Visit will be scheduled with you at this time.

  1. Upon acceptance to the Homestay Program (subsequent to a mandatory Home Visit by a member of the Homestay Staff) you and all members of your home, 19 years and older, (tenants, boarders, grandparents in the home, etc.) and  any persons living in a separate dwelling on the property will be required to apply for a Criminal Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector screening) at the local RCMP office. This is a requirement regardless of the occupation of the adults in the home.
  1. Once Criminal Record checks have been received, you will become an “Active” Homestay Family in our system. Criminal Record Checks stay on file for 3 years. After 3 years, a new Criminal Record Check is required for a Homestay family to remain active in the Homestay Program.
  2. The Homestay Staff matches students and families according to many factors including hobbies, interests, locations and natural family requests, etc.  We do not guarantee that we will find a match for all families.

All Homestay Families will be required to attend a Homestay Information session where you will receive all the latest information pertaining to Homestay as well as the opportunity to ask any further questions. These sessions take place in early September.