Host Family

At a Glance

Each year we look for new host families for international students. Host families are essential to the international program here at MCI as families provide a home-away-from-home for students on closed dormitory weekends and holidays. Closed dormitory weekends occur usually once a month.

If you and your family are curious about other countries, this is a fun way to bring some international culture to your home. If you have travelled, loved it and wish to go again, this is a great way to bring just a small part of another country to you. If you’ve ever been away from home, felt lonely and maybe scared, you already know how some of our students feel being in Canada. This is a great opportunity to show them what you love and be a part of their life. Or for those who simply have the gift of hospitality, this is a great opportunity to use it!

We understand that not all families have the time to commit to being a full-time host. We hope that we are able to provide some options that will allow those families to participate in the program still. Here are four options:

  • Full Time Host Family: This includes hosting a student for both semesters and may include Christmas break and Spring break (holidays).
  • Part Time Host Family: This would involve possibly one semester or half the time. For example, if we have two families who are willing to host one student together, they could choose to do a semester each or to alternate throughout the year.
  • Holiday Host Family: Some of our international students head home for Christmas break but for those that cannot, and do not have visas to travel with their host families on a vacation we need families willing to host just for the holidays.
  • Back-up Host Family: At times our regular host families have family emergencies of their own, or family vacations and it is always reassuring to know that there is a back-up plan for a student in this situation.

Host Family Schedule

  Hosting Times  
Semester 1 4 Closed Dormitory Weekends + Christmas Break  
Semester 2  6 Closed Dormitory Weekends + Spring Break  

Want to learn more?

All these roles are very important and needed in order to make our host family program work.

If you have any ideas, comments, questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected] or (204) 327-5891.

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