Opening the doors of your home to international exchange students provides some very interesting benefits. Taking care of a student and supporting them is a decision that brings satisfaction; whether it is getting to know interesting facts about a new culture or allowing others to live your own firsthand, turning into a host family is quite an adventure.
5 benefits of being a host family that will surprise you
Your family will be able to travel to other countries from the comfort of your home
Being a host family is a pretty easy way to get to know new cultures. Undoubtedly, the opportunity of knowing the life, culture and traditions of other countries without leaving home sounds pretty interesting, and it is! It is a very enriching experience and capable of changing the perception that one has about a destination.
Young people also benefit from the experience
The adults are not the only family members who can benefit from an international exchange experience. Other young family members can learn from the student; be it their native language, some games or historical facts.
Transmit your home and country’s values to the youngest ones.
By hosting an exchange student, the host family has the opportunity to share and instill the values that most identify Canadians: respect, tolerance, optimism, and effort, among others. It fills the heart with joy knowing it’s possible to collaborate in the upbringing of a young person that wishes to build a successful future and provide them with new costumes that will help them develop as a better individual.
Be an exemplary family
For a family to be approved in the Red Leaf’s host family program, they must possess some very important characteristics. Being a host family to international students is not just offering a room in a nice house; we are looking for families with a good reputation and a big heart, offering a safe and friendly environment.
The financial benefit. How much do host families get paid in Canada?
The exact financial benefit a host family receives depends on the community in which they are located and how long they host; however, there are reference figures that can guide the families as to how much will the monetary benefit they will receive from being part of the program.
The remuneration could range from $200+ per week in smaller towns to $280+ in the bigger cities.