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Queen’s University and its historic Queen’s School of English (QSoE) are excited to open the doors again and welcome international students from around the world to our beautiful city!
As programming numbers increase, host families are needed to host incoming international students in the Kingston area for a variety of short- (three to four week) and longer-term (12 to 14 week) placements.
International students (strictly following government travel requirements and all required health and safety protocols) from all over the world are thrilled to be travelling again, studying English, and experiencing the beauty and magic of Queen’s and its supportive Kingston community.
International student, Masaki, from Japan, shared that she was nervous before arriving, but her Homestay family made her feel safe and comfortable.
“My very welcoming host family came to the airport to pick me up with warm hugs, which helped me feel comfortable staying at their place,” she said. “Most importantly, they always made delicious meals, which I was totally in love with. My host family was always very nice, friendly, and helpful. I really enjoyed chatting with them every day, because I could really feel that my English was getting better and better.”
The Homestay experience is memorable for both students and hosts. When you host international students, your family benefits from lifelong friendships, global awareness, and stronger interpersonal skills.
Our wonderful Kingston Homestay hosts include a variety of domestic situations, such as couples, families with children, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds and diverse living situations. Hosts are generously compensated for welcoming our international students into their homes and providing them with conversation opportunities, meals, and a safe home away from home.
Homestay host, Phyllis Katcher, said that, despite the excitement of a new country, school, and home, students can often be nervous to venture out into their new community.
“My students aren’t just renting a room, they are getting me and my friends and family, too,” she stated. “If you treat them with care and respect – the way you’d expect others to treat your children – they’ll grow right along with you.”
For 80 years, the Queen’s School of English has provided English language programming, with outstanding student support, a cutting-edge curriculum, and a vibrant student life program for students looking to learn English at Queen’s.
This spring, summer, and fall, they are welcoming hundreds of international students back to the Queen’s campus and Kingston for English immersion programing. Students learn English and participate in local Canadian experiences. Local Kingston hosts are needed to house these incoming students.
If you’ve ever considered hosting an international student in your home, now is the time to apply!
Hosts receive a generous allowance to offset expenses, 24/7 support, special health and safety training, and the opportunity to bring the world to their front door.
For more information about hosting international students, contact Canada Homestay Network at [email protected], or 1-877-441-4443 ext. 2176. To learn more and apply, visit https://whyihost.canadahomestaynetwork.ca.
This article is sponsored by the Canada Homestay Network and Queen’s School of English, who also submitted the content. If you are interested in a Business Feature on Kingstonist, contact [email protected]