Global Village Toronto, English in Canada

Global Village Toronto, English in Canada

Matching students with the right homestay

The example of Global Village Toronto

Global Village Toronto offers a range of accommodations for new and returning students. Finding housing can be overwhelming for newcomers to Toronto, and our team is dedicated to finding accommodations that best suit each student’s individual needs and expectations.
The Homestay Program is a fantastic option for students who are landing in our city for the first time. The best way for newcomers to truly experience Toronto’s culture and customs is by experiencing it first hand.

Experience Toronto

Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and living with a local family provides students with the opportunity to not only visit the city, but experience what it is truly like to live in, and be a part of, Toronto.

Arriving in a new city can be both daunting and exciting. Homestay offers a supportive family environment for students who are still getting used to their new surroundings. It is important to us to make sure that students feel comfortable, secure, and at ease upon arrival. Our host families are ready and willing to assist students with navigating the city and they are always happy to answer any questions that students may have about life in Toronto. Host families are always excited to learn about their student’s cultures, and are happy to share insights with their students about Toronto’s vibrant city life.

Finding the right host family

Our Homestay Department places students with local families around the city, and it’s not just about finding a high quality family and home, but about finding host families that are the best possible match for each of our students.

There are three key components that go into GV Toronto’s detailed Homestay matching: interviews with host family members, feedback from previous students, and the Homestay registration form. When a student registers for our program, we ask about their hobbies, interests, likes, dislikes and goals for visiting Canada. This often gives us information that helps us go above and beyond in creating an amazing student experience.

One such experience was had by Johnathan from Switzerland, a student who enrolled in GV Toronto’s English + Hockey Program, and filled in every field of interest on his registration form with the answer ‘hockey’. This student was placed not only close to the arena where he was to play, but also with a hockey-loving family who was more than happy to watch games with him, talk with him about hockey every day and really immerse him into the culture of Canada’s favourite pastime.

Other great matches come from exhaustive collection of feedback from previous students. For example, we have found many positive comments from young Japanese ladies who stay with families with young kids. Because of the Japanese culture of respect towards elders, these students often feel a higher level of comfort in speaking freely with the children of the house in their second language where they may be nervous to make a mistake speaking to someone older.

Home away from home

Homestay provides a supportive and interactive family environment. It is a fantastic choice for students who wish to improve their English through conversation and daily interaction with their host family. In homestay, students are constantly surrounded by conversational English which makes it a great opportunity to develop and improve language skills while also learning about Canadian customs and local culture.

While many types of accommodation may offer a homely atmosphere, our homestay program truly offers a ‘home away from home’ experience. We strive to place each and every student with a host family that will be a good match based on each student’s interests and needs. It is our goal to ensure that each student has a positive and enriching experience during their visit. The success of the GV Toronto Homestay Program is seen in the many lasting relationships formed between host families and students, and we are always thrilled to hear when students keep in touch with their host family long after their return home.

Article submitted by Chris Pink, Director of Programs with Global Village Toronto (school profile |

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