Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about Homestay.


Do you have a guide book?

The BC Ministry of Education has released a great guidebook for everyone to use.

This provides the basic guidelines for homestay. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us!

BC Ministry of Education Guidelines

What is a Homestay

Taken from the oxford dictionary

A holiday or other period abroad spent staying in the home of a local family.

Who needs to submit a Criminal Record Check?

All adults living in the residence will require to submit a criminal record check. The validity of criminal records checks for us is 5 years. We also have a special program that requires a validity of 3 years.


Criminal Record Check Equivalents

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Before Applying

I live in apartment. Can we host students?

Our partners in Japan have some specific requests and requirements, and unfortnuately, condominiums, low rise condos and apartments are not eligible 


I live in city XYZ, which is not on your list, can I still apply?

Currently we are only accepting cities that are on our list.

We draw a hard line between the Transit Zone 2 & 3 area for Metro Vancouver. Anything in the Zone 3 area is not eligible.

Whether you live a block away or just live on the other side of border, we are currently not accepting any host families in the Zone 3 area.

This is because the majority ( 99.9% ) of our students will start off by attending an English Language School in Downtown Vancouver. The high cost of a 3 zone monthly pass and commuting for over an hour is not suitable for our students.

TLDR; We only accept physical addresses in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, North & West Vancouver.

The application form said I cannot apply, why?

If the quiz prior to the application form did not allow you to move forward,  it is because of your selected answers.

As stated on the page here, we require a certain criteria.

Please do not try to trick the form by putting in false information, you may still apply, but we will not call you for an interview.

for example; if you put in your coquitlam address and select burnaby for city, we will still know when we look up your address in Google Maps. 

We also visit and inspect every home so we will eventually find out if you tried to trick the quiz.

Please do not be discouraged from hosting, you can try many of the ESL schools that have less requirements.

We host for XYZ Homestay Company...

Each and every homestay company or agency has different rules and regulations. We cater to the requirements of our partnered agencies in Japan, which have very strict rules comparing to others. 

Please do not be discouraged from hosting, you can try many of the ESL schools that have less requirements.

Hosting a Student

I have submitted an application, when can I start receiving a student ?

First, you will be required to have a homestay interview. One of our interviewers will contact you, if you passed the preliminary screening from your submitted application. Once the interview process has been completed and passed, you will be added to the database of qualified hosts. We will contact you as soon as we find a student that would be fit for your family.