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Become a Homestay Family

Become a Host Family!

Open your heart and home to an International student attending one of the Saanich School District's Secondary Schools: Claremont, Parkland & Stelly's. New Host Families are currently welcomed for the remainder of the 23-24 school year as well as for the 24-25 school year!


Quick Facts

  • Durationstudents come to Saanich for a stay of 4, 5 or 10 months  
  • Schools: students attend Claremont, Parkland or Stelly’s Secondary Schools
  • Provide: a private bedroom, three meals a day, healthy snacks, and inclusion in your family life 
  • Receive: a monthly reimbursement of $1,200 (per February 1, 2024) per student for expenses incurred, and continued support from the SISP Homestay Team  
  • Create: relationships and memories that will last a lifetime!


A "Home Away From Home"


Saanich School District has been successfully welcoming international students for nearly 20 years. Host families play a pivotal role in our program as they become the "home away from home" for our students. We are actively looking for new families to join our wonderful and dedicated community of host families that is helping to create an unforgettable experience for the International students in our program.

By welcoming an international student into your home and treating them as a valued member of your family, your family is offering the Canadian family life expanding their understanding of Canadian culture. International students in turn, expand your understanding and acceptance of other nationalities, cultures, customs and beliefs. Host families and their students often develop a strong relationship that can last a lifetime. Many of our host families are still in touch with their former students and have even made trips to visit them in their home countries!

What Does it Mean to be a Host Family?

Please had over to our "Frequently Asked Questions" section to read all about:

  • Who can be a host family
  • What the requirements are for hosting
  • What the SISP Homestay program offers host families
  • How long students are here and where they come from
  • The steps of the Host Family Application process
  • ..and much, much more!

Join the SISP Host Family Community! We Look Forward to Welcoming You!