Living with a Canadian family is one of the best ways for students to practice their English skills while learning about Canadian culture and lifestyle. IGK host families are regularly screened, monitored and inspected for their ability to provide a safe, clean, caring and friendly living environment. Moreover, IGK host families go through an intensive interview process and police check prior to hosting students. IGK homestay families have a strong interest in welcoming international visitors and believe that hosting a student is an enriching and rewarding experience for both the family and for the student. Almost all IGK host families have pets; dogs, cats or both. Pets are treated as part of the family in Canada. IGK only accepts 1 parent and 1 youth in a homestay for the Family ESL program. Families of more than 1 parent and 1 child are required to book their own accommodation.
IGK’s on site Homestay Coordinators customize each placement with regards to special needs, requests, diet, hobbies, personalities and family dynamics.
Kelowna is Canada’s #1 resort destination and as a result homestays are heavily booked from July 1 to August 15 every year; early registration is essential for that period. Special homestay requests cannot be guaranteed during the peak summer season. IGK homestays are unavailable for students booking part time classes in July and August.
Single Room, shared Bath and 3 meals per day. All homestay students receive a private room with a bed, bedding, towels, desk and study area and have access to laundry, telephone, television and internet.
Other Accommodation Options
10 minute walk to IGK campus and 2 minute walk to beach. Options-Private room with private bathroom or 4 bed (female or coed) and 8 bed coed dormitories with shared bathrooms. Fully equipped and spacious shared kitchen. All rooms have A/C, heat and lockers. Free amenities include: breakfast, parking, WiFi, cable TV, lockers, towels, bedding, BBQ area, games room, lounge and hot tub. Monthly low season rates are available from October 1 to April 30. The hostel is located a 10 minute walk from IGK’s campus. Special rates for IGK students. Contact IGK’s Homestay Coordinator for details and to book.
Premium Vacation Rental
30 minute walk/10 minutes by bus to IGK campus. Brand new facility opening June 2020 located across from Kelowna’s most popular beach! Ground floor of building has the following restaurants-Shoreline Craft Brewery, Pizza Hut, T-1 Ramen, KB&Co.-Canadian casual diner and Marble Slab ice cream shop. Fully furnished suites with kitchen and washer/dryer Free – Wi-Fi, utensils, cable TV, A/C, heat and utilities. Monthly rentals available from September 1 to May 31 Studio suite-sleeps 1 person (1 twin bed) / Two bedroom suite-sleeps 2 friends, a couple or family people (1 king bed/ 1 twin bed). Special rates for IGK students. Contact IGK’s Homestay Coordinator for details and to book.
Single or double junior suites with fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, Wi-Fi and Free parking. Suitable for singles or couples. Special Rates for IGK students. Contact IGK’s Homestay Coordinator for details and to book.
Hostel, Vacation Rental and Motel – High Season – May to September / Low Season – October to April. Discounted rates are available during the low season.
Minimum age 19 and up with a valid credit card for hostel, vacation rental and motel options.
Greeting and farewell service is provided by IGK staff at the Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
Round trip transfers are mandatory for unaccompanied minors under age 19.
Ages 19 and up with flights arriving or departing between 10:01pm and 6:59am are required to book their own transfers by taxi to/from the airport and the homestay.
Ages 8-11 must book unaccompanied minor service with the airline in advance. This service is highly recommended for ages 12-15 as well. Unaccompanied minors ages 8 to 11 are required to pay an additional $200 support fee for airport check in, security escort and gate assistance. This service is also recommended for ages 12-15.
Guardianship Service is provided by IGK staff and is a requirement for all unaccompanied students under age 19. It includes 24-hour legal support, translation service, financial planning, emergency and medical care.
Medical Insurance – All students must have valid medical insurance during their entire stay in Canada. Students must provide proof of valid medical insurance on the first day of class. IGK can provide medical insurance if requested at a cost of $25 per week.