On Monday March 25th Sarah, our Guidance Counsellor & Pathways Coordinator, attended the International Schools Partnership Information Session at the Toronto Police College.
Toronto Police Constable Xiaobo Li, in charge of the
Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit, organized the first information
session to establish a formal partnership with international schools in
The officers stated that there are 500,000 international students in Canada
(and the number is growing)!
The goal for the partnership is to ensure international students feel safe, enjoy their schooling here, understand the differences in law and help achieve their goal of success.
The officers discussed promoting safety awareness (so that
student don’t fall victim to person and property offences like robbery, theft
and fraud) through community outreach programs.
We are excited to establish
this partnership with the Toronto Police!
Many thanks to Derek Ho from Ryerson, and Hannah Dang from ILAC, and all the agents who participated and helped make the event such a success. Thanks also to Richard Wang from Braemar College. Vivian Ho, who covers the Vietnamese market for Braemar College, deserves an especially big thank you for all her excellent work in preparation! Any questions about this event should be directed to Vivian herself, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The most rewarding
part of my job is being a part of the student experience from admissions all
the way through to graduation. It is rewarding to play an integral part of our
students’ experience in Canada by supporting them in their initial transition
in Canada and helping students overcome any challenges they encounter as a
result of living with a host family in a new country. Being away
from home can be challenging for anybody and it can be difficult to adjust to
unfamiliar surroundings, different food, and a new language. For international
students who go abroad at a young age, it can be even more challenging.
Homestay can help provide a safe and caring environment where students can
adjust to life in a home away from home.
What are the most important considerations when making
When matching a student to a homestay family, careful consideration
is given to the individual student’s background, age, gender, and preferences.
We want to ensure that each student has a successful and meaningful experience
at Braemar College, and ensuring that the student is happy and comfortable in
their accommodation arrangements is the first step.
What are the key features you look for when adding
homestay families to the network?
Our students’ safety, happiness and wellbeing is at
the core of what we consider when adding homestay families to our networks.
Each homestay family that has been added to our network is carefully vetted in
the application process. A homestay coordinator visits each home to ensure that
the living conditions meet our standards.
What, according to the students, are the best parts
about staying with a homestay family?
Our students love the fact that when they arrive in
Canada, they are not alone in navigating their new city. They are warmly
welcomed by their host family and have the opportunity to live and learn from them.
Students enjoy experiencing first-hand different cultures and the diversity
that Toronto has to offer. They are able to experience new cultures,
traditions, and foods.
What are the advantages of homestay over residential
Homestay has a lot of advantages compared to
boarding at a school. The primary advantage is that you are fully immersed in
local culture. Depending on the level of involvement that you choose to
have with your host family, a homestay can present an opportunity to experience
the realities of daily life in the new country. Additionally, you can have
access to local knowledge on events, attractions, or local sites that you would
never have known of. Your homestay family may provide you with tips
on where to visit and give you advice on surviving in your new
environment. If the timing is right, you also get to experience local
traditions and holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving or other
holidays that your host family may celebrate, depending on their own
background, culture and religion.
Another important advantage is that you can
improve your English through complete immersion. You have more exposure to
authentic daily English compared to boarding where exposure tends to be
primarily with other ESL students.
From the parents’ points of view, it is one of
the safest forms of accommodation for students. Knowing that their children
will be fed regularly with a balanced diet and will be taken care of by a host
family gives the parents a peace of mind.
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