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International Education
Central Okanagan School District
Homestay Application Process

APPLYING TO BECOME A HOST FAMILY

The Central Okanagan School District values and respects the contribution made by families in our community who host international students.  We feel Homestay is an important aspect in promoting student success and are pleased to be able to offer this program to our international students.
 
Homestay is a wonderful opportunity to share our culture with others and to learn about other cultures in return.  Students come to our district from a number of countries in Asia, Europe, Central and South America.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION: 
As the program objective is for English acquisition, it is an expectation of visiting foreign students that English will be spoken in the home in order to provide an immersion environment. 
 
Length of placement: Long term (one or two semesters) or short term programs are available
 
Student Ages:  Elementary, Middle and Secondary
 
Homestay Fees:  $800 per month.
 
Arrival Dates: September and January for secondary school academic studies with ongoing intake for short term programs.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS: 
Step 1:
Complete all sections of the Host Family Application form (pages 1 – 7).
 
Step 2:
Email forms to:
 Mount Boucherie, Glenrosa Middle and Constable Neil Bruce Middle:
  Ana Vallejos                  ana.vallejos@sd23.bc.ca
 
 Kelowna Secondary, Dr. Knox:
  Nathalie Messent          nathalie.messent@sd23.bc.ca​
 
Okanagan Mission Secondary:
 Karlee Sieben                 karlee.sieben@sd23.bc.ca

Rutland Senior Secondary, George Elliot Secondary, Rutland Middle and Springvalley Middle:
Sakura Hirata                    sakura.hirata@sd23.bc.ca
 
Or Mail forms to:
 Attention:  Ana Vallejos, Nathalie Messent, Karlee Sieben or Sakura Hirata (as per schools listed above)
 International Education Program
 1040 Hollywood Road
 Kelowna BC  V1X 4N2
 
Or Fax forms to: 250-870-5188
 
Step 3: 
School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) requires all applicants to submit a Criminal Record Search and a clearance from the Child Abuse Registry for all members of the household who are 19 years of age or older.  Forms are available at office.  Please bring your driver’s licence and one other piece of government issued identification such as your care card or your passport.
 
Completed forms will be sent in confidence directly to the International Education Program office.
 
Step 4:
Once your completed application form, Criminal Record Search and letters of reference (see pages 8 and 9 of the application) are received at our office, you will be contacted to arrange for a home visit.
 
Step 5:
Please review the International Education Program Host Family Guidelines (available on line).  These will be reviewed with you during the home visit.  At that time, Form B (Host Family Expectations) will also be reviewed with you and your signatures obtained.
 
Step 6:
You will be informed once a student match for your family is found.  Student information will be made available to your family and we encourage host families to communicate directly with their student prior to their arrival.
 
Please allow 3 weeks for processing of your application.