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Hosting FAQ

Q: What types of families are you looking for to host?

YFU Host Families come from all nationalities and religious backgrounds, have diverse occupations and income levels, and live in cities, towns, or rural areas. They are just like you!

Examples of YFU Host Families:
  • Single adults
  • Working parents
  • Single parents
  • Couples without children
  • Couples with children (of any age)
  • Adoptive parents
  • Empty nesters
  • Military families

Q: What is expected of a host family?
Hosting is about sharing your version of the Canadian lifestyle with a new exchange son or daughter. When you host an exchange student, you agree to:
  • Welcome your new son or daughter as a member of your family
  • Be interested in teenagers/international students and have realistic expectations of what life with a teenager is like
  • Attend YFU orientation events, read our preparation materials, and maintain regular contact with your local volunteer
  • Help your student adapt to your family and to Canadian life and culture
  • Offer an emotionally supportive environment as the student goes through his or her adjustment process
  • Be able to provide for an additional member of the family, including a separate bed, suitable study area and three meals per day
  • Familiarize your student with your hometown and promote participation in school and community events
  • Understand YFU policies and encourage your student to adhere to those policies
Q: What types of support are offered to hosts?
YFU Canada takes seriously our mission to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world. We take equally seriously our commitment to prepare and support our host families. YFU Canada has a dedicated, caring team of volunteers and staff to support you and your student. The most important member of our team is your local volunteer/Area Representative – your personal contact and your most valuable resource. Volunteers are trained to help you and your student successfully navigate cross-cultural adjustments and challenges. If problems arise and your volunteer cannot help, he or she will bring in other resources to assist. Trained, professional staff is available to support your family and student 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Q: What type of student should I be expecting to host?
YFU students…are between 15-18 years oldare from one of more than 60 countriesare here for an academic year arriving in August; semester students arrive in August or Januaryhave English language proficiency and received good gradesare carefully selected through a rigorous application processparticipate in preparatory orientations before coming to Canadahave their own spending moneyhave their own medical insurancewill become a member of your family and communityreceive ongoing support in Canada from their local volunteer representative.

Exchange students are members of your family and share responsibility for the daily chores of typical teenagers. The school life of your YFU son or daughter is also an important part of this educational experience. Students attend high school and, whenever possible, study government, history, and social studies as part of their academic course work. They are encouraged to participate in after-school activities and local volunteer opportunities.

All you really need to host a YFU student is the ability and desire to share your home and open your heart to a new family member. Your family and your community have a lot to share!