Homestay Placements

Students requiring homestays are placed with carefully-selected host families within walking distance of their schools or near a designated school bus stop. All of our homestays are safe, clean, pre-screened Canadian family homes. Placements are supervised and supported by a designated Homestay Coordinator in each community.


Our host families are an integral part of the International Student Program in School District No. 6. Their active and enthusiastic participation in our program enhances each student's cultural experience and contributes to the maximization of their time in Canada. All host parents have the opportunity to take a specially-designed TESOL workshop to help support the English-language acquisition of their student(s) while at home.



Throughout the year, Homestay Coordinators in each community may organize extra-curricular events and activities for students and their host families on a regular basis. Examples include skating parties, welcome and farewell bar-b-ques, culture nights and local special events.

The Rocky Mountain International Student Program further supports the homestay experience with a comprehensive Experience Schedule designed to ensure all students, regardless of their homestay placement and that family's activity level, will enjoy at least one activity, event, or trip each month they are in Canada.


The School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) International Student Program is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing families who are interested in welcoming international students into their homes. Hosting a student is a rewarding cultural and personal experience. Some of our host families have been participating in our program for over 20 years!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us if you meet the following minimum criteria:

  • You have an extra bedroom in your home
  • Everyone over the age of 18 in your home submits a Criminal Records Check
  • English is the primary language spoken in your home
  • You have the time and energy necessary to welcome a new member of the family into your lives

We have a wide variety of hosting situations available throughout the year. Time periods range from a month to a year or more for students participating in a graduation-track program (three years). Student ages range from 13 - 19 years.

To contact the Homestay Coordinator in your community, please visit our Staff Directory.  To learn more about the exciting opportunity to host a student, click here now!  

Homestays needed in Kimberley and Invermere

Hosting an international student is an exciting opportunity for local families.  At this time we are seeking families interested in hosting students for time frames ranging from one month to one school year.  The students come from a variety of countries including Mexico, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Austria and Norway.  

Host families come in all shapes and sizes from nuclear  families with school-aged children to retired couples and single parents. Host families receive a tax-free  allowance of $735 per month per student, and weekend and/or vacation coverage is available.  We’re always on the lookout for families who can host vegetarian student or those with pet allergies!   

Click here to learn more about hosting in Kimberley or here to learn more about hosting in Invermere and area!


Homestays needed in Kimberley and Invermere

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Document Downloads

Experience Schedule Experience Schedule (792 KB)

Application Form Application Form (846 KB)

Participation Form Participation Form (435 KB)

Ski Contract Ski Contract (524 KB)

Student Handbook Student Handbook (4034 KB)