Becoming a Kamloops Host Family: Why You Should Host an International Student

Posted On Friday July 05, 2019

Students from 17 countries will attend classes in Kamloops starting this fall, and more host families are needed. School District No. 73 is planning for 290 students to be spending one or two semesters here during the 2019 – 2020 school year.

“At any given time there are between 150 to 170 host families who accommodate our international students, and because of the expected numbers we are planning for, we are hoping to find an additional 20 families,” said Don Poelzer, International Student Program District Principal.

There are so many great reasons to become a host family. In addition to making new friends from new countries and learning more about the world and discovering new cultures and customs from the comfort of your own home, you can make a little extra income.

School District No. 73 compensates families at a rate of $825 per month, per student. That is $4,125 per semester and $8,250 per school year. Families may host multiple students if they wish.

Your duties as a host family will include providing a private room for each student, having regular meals with your student, assisting with school start-up routines and providing guidance and support while the student studies in Kamloops.

While families from all parts of the city are eligible for hosting, the greatest need for host families is in the Juniper, Aberdeen, Sa-Hali, North Kamloops/Batchelor Heights, and Westsyde neighbourhoods.

 If you are interested in hosting one or more international students during the upcoming school year, or if you know a friend or family member who may wish to register as a host family, please contact our Homestay Manager, Leslee

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