Families in Nova Scotia come in all shapes and sizes. Some host families have two parents with children, some have no children, and others have only one parent. All host families are carefully chosen and screened prior to their participation in the home stay program.
How will I fit in with my host family?
Many families enjoy participating in activities together.
In summer they travel, hike, swim, and have social times together. In winter many families ski, skate, watch movies, or attend various concerts and sports events.
What to expect in a Nova Scotia Home
Be prepared to be part of a Nova Scotia family. Your host family is participating in the program because they want to meet someone from another country. They will welcome you into their home as though you were their own child. Your family will be anxious to show you the sights and introduce you to their family and friends.
Your host families will:
- provide you with a private bedroom
- provide food for three balanced meals per day
- provide laundry facilities
- invite and encourage participation in family events and travel
- show local culture and visit some highlights of the area
- explain family rules and expectations be familiar with program rules (link to ‘getting acquainted…’)
- provide use of common areas in the home (living room, family room, etc.)
- allow use of telephone and appropriate computer according to family house rules (link to ‘getting acquainted…’)
- encourage involvement in daily functions of family life (meal preparation, clean up etc.)
- provide guidance and advice for school and social problems
- whenever possible, provide transportation to the school or other local sites to facilitate their participation in extra-curricular activites
Things that may be different than home
- meal times
- meal preparation
- computer use