Homestay Application Form
We provide our boarding or homestay services through the families whom we work with in the area. However, since the space is limited, we work with some of the reputable homestay companies to place the students. Once the students get admitted to our program, we help them for the homestay placement (the placement fee will be applied). As an alternative, students can look up for a homestay of their interest on the suggested site:
Student Guidelines for Homestay
When staying with a host family, you will become a guest, and guests must follow household rules. Here are some of the guidelines and responsibilities to help you make your homestay experience an enjoyable one.
- Always ask questions if you are not sure about something! It may take a few days to get know each other.
- Do not bring strangers to the house without permission from the host family.
- If you want to bring a friend home, please ask your homestay family in advance if it is all right to do so. Do not forget to confirm the visiting hours with your host family.
- Always let your host family know what time you will be home. Host families can get extremely worried about your safety.
- If you plan to eat out, please call your host family at least 2 hours in advance and let them know that you will eat out.
- Find out when you can receive calls and for how long you can keep the phone busy. If you make long distance calls from the host family’s home, you must use a calling card or make collect calls.
- Washing your laundry – consult with your host family upon arrival about how and when you can wash your laundry.
- Bathroom – If you are sharing a bathroom with other members of the family, please find out when is the best time to have a shower and for how long. It is your responsibility to provide your own bathroom supplies such as towels, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste etc…
- Cleanliness – You are responsible for keeping your room clean. You are expected to remove your plate and utensils from the table after meals. However, you are not required to do home chores such as baby sitting, gardening, house cleaning…etc
- Don’t forget to turn off the lights! Turn off the TV or radio when you are not using them.
- Dial 911 in emergency situations to reach an ambulance or the police.
- You should have medical insurance that covers any medical expenses that may happen during your stay in Canada. Make sure to show proof of insurance and emergency contact details to a THA representative and the host family upon arrival. Insurance can also be purchased in Canada within the first five days of your arrival.
- Neither the host family nor THA-Toronto Homestay Agency takes any responsibility for your medical or emergency medical expenses.
- Also Homestay Agency does not assume any responsibility for any injuries you suffered while in the host family’s care. Please consider getting insurance that covers both health care and emergency medical.
- If any physical or verbal abuse occurs, the student or visitor will be removed from the home immediately. The incident will be reported to the police and legal actions taken. (Applies to both the student/visitoror host family)
- If you have any concerns that you cannot discuss with your host family, please contact your Toronto Homestay Agency Representative and/or your parents or your guardian as soon as you can.
- If you accompany your host family on holidays, outings, or trips, you must pay for travel arrangements, admission tickets and personal expenses. The host family will pay for homestay and food.
- Canadian multicultural society is what international students are bound to learn and experience on a daily basis. At THA in Toronto, we make sure that we accept families that are willing to speak English with the student at all times in order to improve the student’s English language skills.
- International students who do a Canadian homestay must be willing to learn about and accept possible differences in Canada’s multicultural society, for example: the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, women’s rights, freedom of speech, environmental protection, and animal rights.
What to expect:
When you are in homestay you will get to speak to your host every day. Your host is there to assist in answering any questions you may have and to help you address any concerns that may arise. Also, there may be other international students living in the house that you will be able to do things with.English is spoken in the home at all times. This will reduce the time it will take for you to learn the language, because you will be speaking it all the time to people who are fluent in English. Being in homestay lets you enjoy the comfort of a normal home. You will be able to share use of the living areas in your host’s house. The television, radio and laundry facilities are all available for you. All linens and towels will be supplied to you.Homestay provides an opportunity for people from different cultures to live and learn together. The friendships that develop often last a lifetime. The experiences you encounter will be ones that you never forget. A Canadian family is waiting here – for you!
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is an excellent system that can transport you around the city. The TTC includes subways, buses, and streetcars and offers free maps and information in 140 languages.Our homestays are conveniently located near places of transportation. Most homestays are only a walk or short bus ride to a subway station. In general, the homestays are usually within 30 minutes to your school, by public transportation.
Toronto has a space problem and therefore, private washrooms are not a common way of life here in Toronto. It is very common for a student to share the washroom with members of the homestay family, or other students. If a private washroom is very important to you then we will do our best to honour your request, but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Having meals provided for you is helpful because then you do not have to worry about doing any shopping, or having to spend time and energy preparing meals.You can sign up on the 2 meal plan (breakfast and dinner) or the 3 meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Many families do not eat breakfast or lunch together and will let the students prepare their own breakfast and/or lunch.
Breakfast – is the smallest meal of the day. Possible breakfast choices are: cereal,toast, eggs, fruit, etc., students usually prepare their own breakfast based on the foods the host has mentioned can be used.
Lunch – is usually sandwiches, a fruit and a drink and perhaps a little dessert.
*This is not eaten at the home. It is prepared ahead of time and you take it to school. Remember, if you sign up for the 2 meal plan, then you are responsible for buying your lunch 7 days per week.
Dinner – in North America dinner is the biggest meal of the day. This should be a well-balanced meal.
* Dinner time is usually eaten with the family between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.This is a great opportunity to have conversation with the family, as everyone usually gets together to share the events of their day.