Host family Guidelines


1) Homestay Guidelines for Families


1. Student's Bedroom学生房间

This is the private area for the student and families are requested to respect their possessions, privacy and the fact their room is their 'security blanket.' Ask the student if they would like you to vacuum their room weekly and change the sheets. Students are also advised to assist by keeping their room tidy and clean at all times and not have any food in their rooms.

2. Meals食物

Meals must be provided for breakfast and dinner 7 days per week and light lunches on Saturday and Sunday. It is advisable to have a supply of instant noodles on hand for students to make their own snacks between meals and fruit. It is recommended that rice be served with meals several times per week. Please indicate to the student what they can and can’t do in the kitchen.

3. Housework 家务

We ask the student to assist in light duties, particularly assisting at meal times e.g. setting or clearing the table or drying up. Remember the student is not a house-keeper and whilst they are not a hotel guest, a balance must be reached. Communication is the best form of problem solving.

4. Laundry洗衣

Laundry arrangements should be negotiated with the student. If you are doing the family wash, then it may be ok for you to wash the student’s clothes. Male students tend to like this, females may prefer to do their own. Please show them how to use the washing machine, where soap is etc. Also remind them not to hang any wet clothes in their bedrooms.

5. Telephone电话

This is to be an arrangement between you and the student. Students are to pay for all their international calls. This can be done by various methods, Skype, ring back price, phone cards (cheapest and most convenient) or install their own phone line and meet their own costs. We do advise students to inform their family and friends not to ring after 10pm Toronto time. However, most students these days do get mobile telephones, so this is not as big an issue as in the past.

6. Internet网络

Please provide Internet access to the students. There could be a download limit set up between you and students. Students should be reminded not to download illegal movies, music etc.

7. Transport 交通

Host families should help their students find the quickest and cheapest routes to their place of study and to other central locations. The local transportation website can be a great help with this. It is important to note that International Students are not eligible for travel concessions.

8. Family Activities家庭活动

Students often enjoy accompanying the family on outings. Advice about places of interest to visit, local activities, sports facilities, shopping facilities etc, will always be welcome. If you invite your student to accompany you on an outing, make it clear beforehand what the cost to the student will be, so that it is not awkward when it comes time to pay.

9. Safety and Security 安全

Students should be provided with a door key. Stress to the student the need to secure the house should they be the last to leave many cultures do not experience house break-ins to the extent that we do. Students staying in Canada for a reasonably long period are advised to open a bank account and should be discouraged from keeping large sums of money or valuable possessions in their rooms or on their person.

10. Medical Assistance医疗

Students in need of a doctor or dentist are usually sent to a doctor or dentist used by your family. Students with Student Visas will have private health insurance. The students will be required to pay for the services and then will need to claim back some of the costs from insurance company.