Home Stay Hosts Needed

“Canada was built on immigration,” says Jo-Anne Schultz.


Advance Staff

“Canada was built on immigration,” says Jo-Anne Schultz.

Now the home stay coordinator in Creston for Kootenay Lake School District, Schultz says that while international students don’t necessarily intend to return to Canada later in life, they often do.

“International students are great for immigration,” she said on Friday. “They get to know the country and our culture, and we get to know them as students.

Schultz, who has worked for the school district in various capacities since 2008, is on a mission to expand the international presence in Prince Charles Secondary School.

“Last year Creston had 8 international students—and Nelson had 55!” she said. “I think it’s important for people to understand the difference these kids make in our little town. They add to our economy and our culture.”

It’s a delicate balance to bring in more international students and have a bank of host homes available, Schultz admits. Bring in too many students too fast and host homes become a challenge. Recruit more host families than are needed and they can easily lose interest.

Confident, though, that she can find enough suitable host homes (hosts get $850 per month to compensate for the additional expenses), Schultz will be travelling to Chile and Brazil this fall to promote Creston as a destination for a quality educational experience.

“I love all things international,” says the woman who set up a cooking school in Belize to combine her passion for cooking and travel. “This job is a great match for me.”

One of the appeals of Creston, she said, is that the schools and region has a strong First Nations component, which allows international students to get a better understanding of Canada’s history.

“I really believe in the integrity of our program—Creston Valley has so much to offer, and the program gives much back in return.”

Schultz emphasizes that home stay hosts do not have to have children at home. She works closely with hosts—some of whom are grandparents—and the prospective students’ families to find a suitable match.

“We had a twelfth grade student who lived with a family near Sirdar, and she was really happy there,” she said.

When prospective students are identified, Schultz provides their families with a couple of options for home stays.

“We are looking for people who care about international students and their education,” she said. “And we need a variety of families in different areas of the valley to provide choices.”

Typically, students arrive for a full year of studies in late August, then travel home for Christmas and spring breaks. But there are short-term three-month stays that start in January, too.

For more information about the international student program and home stay requirements, Schultz can be reached by email at joanne.schultz@sd8.bc.ca.

Just Posted

Increases in taxes, utilities lead to higher rents, businessman tells Creston Town Council

Local businessman and landlord Keith Goforth accused the Town of being unsupportive of business development.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion

I do not appreciate having someone’s opinion shoved in my face.

Let there be peace

Let us show respect and love

Holiday season means more impaired drivers are on the road

It was another slow week for Creston RCMP members, who responded to… Continue reading

Committee for an Affordable Fire Hall ready to get to work

The public will be invited to submit their written ideas for “the top ten ways to get an affordable fire hall.”

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Most Read