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Homestay families needed!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We trust this letter finds you all well. We are writing because there is an urgent need for hosts to be available in Nelson as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity that can enrich your lives while making a positive global impact – hosting international students in your homes. As parents and valued members of our school community, we believe this experience can be genuinely transformative for both your families and the students you host.

Nelson, with its picturesque landscapes, outdoor adventures, and thriving cultural scene, is indeed an attractive place to call home. Our exceptional schools offer an excellent education, making Nelson an ideal choice for many families.

With the rising popularity of our area, there is a growing need for hosts to welcome international students who want to experience the beauty of Nelson and the quality education provided by our schools. These students come from all corners of the globe, seeking academic excellence and a taste of our unique culture and way of life.
Becoming a host family can be very rewarding. By opening your homes to international students, you provide them with nurturing environments and the opportunity to be a part of a Canadian family, an invaluable experience.

Building lasting friendships with students who may become like family is a possible outcome. These bonds can extend beyond their stay, leading to lifelong connections with people from around the world.

We encourage you to consider becoming host families and participating in this wonderful exchange program. By doing so, you not only support our schools but also make a global impact by enriching the lives of these students.

To learn more about becoming host families and the benefits it brings to your families please go to

You can also find an online application there if you would like to start the process.
* Please be aware that the stipend is going up effective September 2024.

Thank you for considering this remarkable journey of cultural exchange, friendship, and personal growth. The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these students and in your own lives is a priceless gift.

SD8 International Program