Become a Homestay

homestay familyThe Limestone District School Board hosts more than 120 international students each year from countries such as Brazil, Italy, China, Germany, Czech Republic, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, Rwanda and others. Many life-long friendships have developed out of Limestone's international student homestay program.  Some students come for one semester (5 months), to improve their English and experience living in a new culture. Others come for a longer period in order to prepare for entering a Canadian college or university.   We are often looking for homestay families for all lengths of stay from 4 months to two years.  Hosting an international student is a highly rewarding experience.

Host families provide international students with the support that parents normally provide their own children:

- A nurturing family environment while students study in Kingston.
- A private bedroom, equipped with a bed, desk, and appropriate storage space.
- Three nutritious meals per day.
- Transportation to activities around Kingston, when necessary.

Host families are compensated with a monthly stipend of $875/month (this amount will increase again in September 2023) .   This tax-free stipend is paid to homestay families directly by the
Limestone District School Board.

Application to become a Limestone DSB  homestay
(click here)

We are currently inviting families, especially those who live in Amherstview, East Kingston (included Hwy 2 and Greenwood Park), Central Kingston (Polson Park and Strathcona Park), West Kingston (including Bayridge, Henderson Place, Waterloo Village, Woodhaven, Cat Woods, Auden Park and Collin's Bay) and Downtown, to join our pool of homestay providers.

If you are interested in learning more details or to submit an application, please contact Debbie Villeneuve at villene[email protected] or call (613) 544-7745 Ext. 290.become a homestay