April 2019
What do influential agents think
about homestay? Find out here!


The Canada Homestay Network has conducted the first ever (as far as I know) survey of education agents about homestay. Jennifer Wilson of CHN has kindly shared the results with the Homestay Times. See below for details on what these key influencers think about homestay compared to alternative accommodation options. 

This is the last call for our Cultural Intelligence Workshop being held in Toronto on Thursday, May 9. This full-day session will help you to improve your ability to work with everyone from different cultures, including agents, students and parents. 

We're also planning homestay manager professional development workshops in Toronto, San Diego and Seattle this fall. Early bird pricing is on - so register now and save. 

As always, please get in touch if you have any comments or questions. 
(613) 888-9560         

Boost your
Cultural Intelligence
at our Toronto workshop

You can increase your own Cultural Intelligence and help homestay hosts to be prepared for cultural differences when they welcome international students. Plan to attend the Toronto Cultural Intelligence workshop on May 9. 

Malvina Rapko, a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) trainer, will present this full-day workshop, which is ideal for homestay staff and all international educators. It's perfect for anyone who works with students, parents and agents. 

Here are just a few of the outcomes you will achieve: 
  •   Understand the capabilities behind increasing one's cultural intelligence (CQ)
  •   Receive a personalized feedback report
  •   Compare your CQ with worldwide norms
  •   Participate in reflection exercises that demonstrate interpretations of the feedback
  •   Create an action and development plan
Take a look at the Toronto agenda

Here's a link to register for the event. Space is limited so register now! 

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Agents prefer safety and dollar value
of homestays for their student clients
As most international educators know, agents can play a key role in helping students to choose a destination country and educational institution. That influence can also extend to the type of accommodation. 

So, it's of particular interest that the Canada Homestay Network last fall conducted a survey of 617 agents from 47 countries about their impressions of homestay in Canada. The survey responses have a confidence level of plus/minus 3.8 percent, 19 times out of 20. 

Student safety topped the list of benefits with homestay. According to the survey, 83 percent of agents felt that homestay is safer than alternative housing options. The other benefits of homestay included:
  • Immersion in the culture and an English-speaking milieu
  • Being in a caring family environment
  • Having support in adjusting to a new culture
Agents appreciated the linguistic and cultural components of homestay. "The cultural and family experience is usually more important to our clients than the academic experience," commented one German agent. 
Wilson: Stronger relationships
"Homestay can provide the key to unlocking your potential with a language," said a Vietnamese agent. About 88 percent of agents agreed that homestay helps students improve their English. 

The agents also liked the value that homestay provides, with 67 percent agreeing that it offers greater value for the money than other types of accommodation. A further 21 percent felt it was comparable to other options, leaving  just 13 percent of respondents who believe that homestay has lower value than alternatives. 

Indeed, monthly homestay fees in large Canadian cities are typically in the $900 to $1,000 range. That compares to the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto at $1,359 and in Vancouver at $1,385 per month. Of course, homestay fees usually include meals, which makes them even more economical than apartment living. 

Homestay is a bargain compared with university residence. For example, at Queen's University in Kingston, a dorm room with meals costs $1,875 monthly.  
Finally, the survey asked agents whether agents prefer an in-house homestay program compared to one operated by an external provider. Here's what they said:
  • 45 percent favour in-house programs
  • 41 percent expressed no preference
  • 14 prefer independent providers
Canada Homestay Network director Jennifer Wilson says the data suggest that the most important benefit of an in-house program is the relationship between the agent and the homestay managers; they perceive this to be stronger when the program is run in-house. However, she feels that external providers like CHN can make up for this gap by building strong relationships with agents directly.