Host responsabilities

  1. Provide a safe, clean, and welcoming home for the student.
  2. Provide a private bedroom with window, bed, desk with a reading lamp, closet/dresser or both.
  3. Provide 3 nutritious meals each day and snacks.  Teach students how to make their own breakfast and lunch.
  4. Teach student to use laundry facilities.
  5. Include the student in family activities.
  6. Provide the student with 30 days’ notice if the host wishes the student to move out (unless inappropriate student behavior is a factor).  Mutually agreeable moves in shorter times are permitted.
  7. Abide by the rules and agreements made with SunTag, as signed in the Host Family Agreement.
  8. Teach and review with the student the rules of the house.

Provide appropriate integration into the home and review safety:

  • Home address, home phone number or parent(s) cell (ensure all relevant phone numbers are pre-programmed into the student phone, including a cab company in case of emergency.
  • Emergency contact person in the neighborhood.
  • Calling  911 and giving appropriate information in case of emergency.
  • Fire escape route and earthquake plan
  • Power outage – what can be used (water, toilet, telephone).  Candle, flash light location.
  • Theft – review family practices, i.e., locking up the house, alarms, sport equipment/bicycle, etc.
  • Wild animal awareness – safety practices around garbage, foodstuffs and encounters with animals (raccoons, bears, cougars, coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks
  • Safety practice when walking or bike riding on the dark – use of helmet and reflector clothing.
  • Piercings or tattoos.  International students are not allowed to get piercings or tattoos while studying in British Columbia, should an infection occur, it is not covered by the medical policy.
  • Practice of extreme sports such as bungee jumping, sky diving, canopying, climbing, snowmobiling, scuba diving and to ride or be given rides on a motorcycle is not allowed, it is not covered by the medical policy.

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