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The 120 and more active Host Family members, who have generously hosted our students this past year during academic breaks such as CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) and Project Weeks, winter break and numerous weekends offer so much more than a place to sleep.

Host families provide incredible emotional support to our students by welcoming them into their lives and homes, sharing their stories and experiences as much as listening to and learning from the students themselves. Connections that form from these experiences run deep and it is not rare for visiting alums to re-connect with their host families.

This past academic year, 15 new families joined our Host Family Program, offering even more options for our students to connect with local residents for off-campus stays.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer and learning more from and about bright, young and exceptionally diverse students, we would love to hear from you. Our students appreciate the opportunity to get away from the campus and spend time with families in the Victoria and Vancouver area. Most Pearson students are far away from their own families, many for the first time, and need a home away from home.

“Having a place to stay for winter break was a great experience for me and other students who could not go home to their families. I was surprised how welcoming my host family was, having never met any of us before. Sometimes it is good to have a change of scenery and to get a real insight into a Canadian family’s way of life,” shares recent graduate Mahmoud from Sudan.

Host family volunteers can identify when and for how long your home is available for homestay opportunities. Students may be interested in a break just for a night or two, a weekend, or for a week or more.

We are always looking for new hosts to join our extended Pearson family and specifically for the upcoming academic year. We are only couple of months away from the students’ first off-campus placements of the year, during CAS week from October 20th to 26th. Students leave the campus for CAS week to work on projects they have chosen among many CAS activities, such as Model United Nations, Kayaking or Social Innovations.

For more information please connect with our Host Family Coordinator Fatma Dogus at fdogus@pearsoncollege.ca

Thanks to all our host family volunteers for creating unforgettable memories for our students.