Become a Host Family

Are you interested in learning about another culture? Do you want to make lifelong connections with people from around the world? Become a homestay family for IGK!

You can share your family recipes with them, teach them how to navigate the public transit system, and give them an understanding of life in Canada. All the while, you will learn more about your student’s culture and potentially gain a new addition to your family!


Host families at IGK are flexible, open-minded, and communicative with our international students. This experience is a win-win situation for both host families and students to have intercultural interactions and experiences together.

Interactive Canadian Families:

We make sure our host families interact with our students and share day to day activities with them.

Safety and Cleanliness:

All our homestay families are located in safe neighborhoods. We select families who can offer clean and organized rooms in suitable conditions for the student to rest, study, and feel at home.

Accessible locations to public transit: Accommodations need to be close to public transportation with a maximum commuting time of 55 minutes to the school. On the first day of school, hosts are encouraged to show students bus/train stops and how to use public transportation.

To be a homestay family, you need to:

  • A healthy, caring and amicable home environment
  • House located no further than 55 minutes from campus
  • 100% English-speaking environment
  • One shared bathroom per 3 students maximum
  • Have a bright, furnished room with a bed with clean linens (sheets, pillow, and blankets), private storage for the student’s belongings (such as a chest of drawers or a closet), a quiet place to study (usually in their own room) and access to a shared bathroom with clean towels.
  • Have an interest and desire to exchange friendly intercultural experiences with international students coming from various nationalities, backgrounds, gender, and ages.
  • Willingness to offer 2 to 3 healthy meals per day

How to Apply to Host a Student

  1. Complete the below form.
  2. Send a copy of the police record check of each adult living in the house. In order to ensure greater security for students in the homestay, Member Programs require a Criminal Record Check (CRC) of each adult aged 18 or older who usually resides in the homestay. Member Programs will obtain updated CRCs for each adult in a homestay every five years. (Language Canada Membership requires all Language Schools in Canada to follow the established Accommodation Standards.)
  3. The third step Homestay inspector will contact you directly to set up a visit to your home. During the visit, he/she will look at the premises and take pictures for our records of the student room and all common areas. A short interview will be conducted to assess your motivation for accommodating a student.
  4. The homestay family will be notified if all requirements have been met. The homestay will then be available to host a student from the date indicated during the interview.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please complete the form below and our Homestay Coordinator will contact you.


International Gateway Language Academy and College - Kelowna

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+1 (250) 868-4827


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