1. Where do guests come from?
  2. Can I host if I am single - a single-parent or retired couple?
  3. Do guests require their own bedroom?
  4. Do guests require their own washrooms?
  5. Are host families paid or compensated?
  6. Do we have to host for the whole program length?
  7. What if we encounter challenges with hosting a guest?
  8. I am planning to host another student, we have a new pet, our email or telephone number has changed...

Where do guests come from?

MLI Homestay welcomes guests from across Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Can I host if I am single - a single-parent or retired couple?

MLI Homestay is a network of host families that are culturally diverse, come in all shapes and sizes, and come from all walks of life. What they all share in common is their love of the hosting experience and their dedication to providing a home away from home for their guests.

Do guests require their own bedroom?

Yes, guests must have a private room, bed, dresser or closet and desk (for students).

In the case of a double placement where guests are booking a homestay through a group program, two guests of the same gender may share a room if they are each provided their own bed.

Do guests require their own washrooms?

No, guests are not expecting to have a private washroom.

Are host families paid or compensated?

Yes, host families are compensated to help alleviate the expenses associated with having an extra person in the home.  Hosting is not meant to be a business, but rather a choice to participate in a rewarding experience for the whole family.

Do we have to host for the whole program length?

Yes, we would ask that families commit to hosting for the duration of the program.  As programs vary in length, you will be notified of the duration when you are approached to see if you are interested in hosting a particular program or guest.

We do understand that family situations can change and are there to support you and the guest if something unexpected happens and you request to stop hosting.  The MLI Local Coordinator is your main contact to discuss any issues or changes and will help you to reach a solution.

What if we encounter challenges with hosting a guest?

We are committed to making sure that our guests and host families are able to get the most out of this experience. If you encounter challenges, we invite you to discuss them with your Local Coordinator or Homestay Team at head office. In our experience, there are many opportunities for clearing up miscommunications, mediating small concerns and communicating expectations within the first few days of hosting that will end up leading to a great experience together.  There is an experienced team here at MLI Homestay that is ready to guide and support you, whether you are a first-time host or an experienced host family.

I am planning to host another student, we have a new pet, our email or telephone number has changed...

It is very important that MLI Homestay has the most up-to-date information on host families who are currently hosting or confirmed to host a guest in the near future. Please contact the Local Coordinator to provide up-to-date information on any changes to your home and family immediately.