1770 Springview Place Kamloops BC, V2E 1X9
Phone: 778-471-6075 Fax: 250-377-2258
Things to know as an International Student
Living in Canada can be a great adventure for an international student, although you may find life in Canada to be very different from your home country.
Remember, School District No.73’s International Education team is always here to answer questions to help make this experience a positive one for both you and your host family!
CANADA'S POPULATION: 36,286,378 (2016)
KAMLOOPS POPULATION: 90,280 (2016)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF CANADA: English, French
Getting to Know Your Homestay Family
Although your culture may be different in many ways, it is important that you make your best efforts to understand and work with your homestay family. Your experience will be more fulfilling if you embrace the culture of your Canadian home.
In turn, your Canadian homestay family will do their best to understand your culture. This is a great experience to share how your culture may be different than that of a Canadian family.
Maybe you will find many similarities, some you may not like and some you may enjoy. Either way, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This family is opening their home to you to be a part of it. They will do their best to make you feel welcome.
Remember, your Canadian homestay family may be feeling a bit uncomfortable to start as they get to know you and understand you. If you hide out in your room during your stay, neither you nor your host family will get the experience from this program you both were hoping for.
We understand that you may become homesick. It is important to keep in contact with your natural family and as well, involve your host family with communications with your natural family. Being homesick is a natural occurrence and homestay families will do their best to help you through this. Meeting others in school and having activities to help you adjust will make those first weeks easier in Canada.
Lastly, as you are well aware. In Canada, the legal drinking age is 19 in British Columbia and the use of drugs and marijuana is illegal. As a student in the School District No.73 International Program there is ZERO TOLERANCE to the use of alcohol or drugs inside the home, outside of the home, or anywhere else while you are in this program. Although you may have your driver’s license, driving is prohibited by all students in this program.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn, understand, build new friendships, see amazing sites, and experience many different activities. You have the comfort of knowing that your homestay family has a home for you to go to and they are interested in your safety and happiness. Please make smart decisions, your family has went to great lengths to send you here for this experience. We look forward to seeing you throughout the program and working with you to have the best experience possible.
Check out the International Facebook page and keep in touch and up to speed with what is going on.
Don’t be afraid to post pictures.