Please Keep This In Mind

Homestay Introduction - Please Keep This In Mind


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Almost every difficulty our students face in homestay is connected with poor communication. It’s not surprising—in your first weeks in Canada, you may have a hard time making your hosts understand what you need and how you feel—and your hosts may have a hard time making you understand them. This is totally natural and to be expected.

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Sometimes the difficulty communicating can result in either the student or the host seeming rude or insensitive—or both. Sometimes we can all just become frustrated and unhappy. But we’re here to help. We know it can be hard at the beginning, but YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Your homestay coordinator is there to help you through your new environment.

We know that the hardest thing for you to do is complain. We know that lots of ordinary things about your homestay may make you feel strange at first, and we know that you won’t want to seem ungrateful or unhappy. But it’s okay to ask for help. Please don’t say things are “fine” if they aren’t. (But don’t make insults, either!) Please be patient and try to be as specific about your needs and feelings as possible. Ask specific questions, whether you’re concerned about laundry or dinner.

It’s okay to need some quiet time to yourself—but sometimes the best way to grow more comfortable at home is to keep busy and involved, to meet people, and most of all to talk—your hosts have welcomed you into their home because they want to know about you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed (or even a little homesick), then why not practice your English by telling your host family all about life at your home!

In the meantime, please stay positive!

And remember: Have fun!

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