Staying with a local family is both exciting and rewarding. Host families provide the best insight into how Canadian families live their day to day lives. This interaction with a family will help you communicate better, faster and allow you to pick up words and nuances used in daily situations.
There is no typical homestay in Toronto. Some homes are single standing homes, apartments or multifamily homes. Toronto is a very multi-cultural city and a lot of people are from different countries originally. Living in a homestay will give you a great view of all the different cultures and ethnicities that Toronto has to offer.
You can choose between a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, and a closet. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. You will also have access to a shared bathroom. Private bathrooms are also an option, upon availability. Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. The host family will be happy to launder the sheets and towels once a week. You are responsible for doing your own personal laundry. It is very common for families to have a designated laundry day; Internet access is available upon request and telephone access is restricted depending on the host family.
Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the homestay host, who will be happy to prepare both meals. Lunch is not included in the adult homestay programme.
Host families make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals.
Breakfast varies from family to family. It is typical for Canadians to have a quick, on-the-go breakfast such as toast and a coffee. Students will eat whatever the family eats and help set the table or clear up after dinner. You are also encouraged to participate in family activities or outings.