Hosting High School Students

In most cases High School Students are longer term placements, and tend to stay at least one Academic year. If you are looking for longer term placements in the world VIU Program, hosting high school students may be the right fit for you. Students usually stay for the academic year September-June. Sometimes students stay for one term September-January and February-June.  

In most cases, the High School Principal acts as the custodian for international students while they are attending The High School (THS) in Canada. Any student the principal is the custodian for is required to be in the VIU Homestay program. As the students’ custodian, the High School Principal is legally responsible for them while they are studying in Canada. In the event of an emergency, she needs to know where the students are at any time. 

Because THS students are minors, there are a few additional requirements when hosting them:

If a Student is a THS student, the Host Family will ensure that:

  • the THS student will never be left alone overnight without one of the undersigned present unless appropriate permission from the Program has been granted (see article 18 below);
  •  the THS student obtains a signed permission form from the THS Principal (student’s custodian) for any and all travel outside of Nanaimo with or without the Host Family;
  • the Host Family will call the High School Office when the student will be absent from classes;
  • the THS student will have an appropriate curfew as set by the Host family. House rules include the hours that students will be permitted to spend outside the home, especially in the evenings. Factors determining curfews include whether it’s a school night or the weekend, what types of activities the student is involved in, and the ages of family members in the homestay.


In this section we will provide you with information on some of the key differences associated to help hosts with their hosting experiences.

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