The Comox Valley International Student Program understands the importance of the Homestay experience for student success.  Our homestay program is managed in-house through our Program Office.

Our coordinators are committed to doing everything possible to ensure a positive homestay experience for each visiting student and host because we believe Homestay families are a vital part of your international student experience.

Our dedicated, full-time Homestay Coordinators carefully select, screen, interview and coach homestay families to ensure a warm and supportive home setting.

Our host families play an important role in helping students learn English and understand Canadian culture.


  • A private bedroom
  • Three wholesome meals a day and snacks as required
  • A quiet, adequately lit and heated study space
  • Hot water and facilities for daily bathing
  • Laundry (you may be expected to do your own laundry)
  • Emotional support if you feel homesickness, are having difficulties at school, etc.
  • Academic support (help with homework if possible, communication with teachers, etc.)
  • Inclusion in family outings, trips to restaurants, special occasions, recreational activities
  • Access to the common living areas of the house