MacLachlan College retains the services of International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC) to provide homestay services for our international students wishing to live with a Canadian family. MacLachlan College assures the highest quality homestay program. Homestay families are carefully screened and take a personal interest in the students who are in their care. We have a very supportive selection of homestay families who take pride in welcoming international students into their homes. They participate in the homestay program because they value global awareness, cultural diversity, leadership, education, family and community. We put great emphasis in connecting our international students with the right host families to ensure a comfortable transition to their new environment. We understand that a positive and supportive homestay experience greatly influences student success. The essence of the homestay program is to provide a safe and caring home for the student in a Canadian family setting. Each student resides in a local Canadian home and be under the care of the Homestay parents. Essentially, students are treated as an extended member of the family, allowing them to participate in family activities, etc. This gives the student the opportunity to further develop their English language skills and learn about the Canadian culture. It is not uncommon that the bonds made between students and host families endure for many years and lifelong friendships are made.
Homestays are governed by clear rules and curfews that are monitored by the school and ISGC. Homestay parents will act on behalf of the international student's family to care for his or her general welfare including meals, health and safety. Although we try to place international students in close proximity to the school, transportation to and from the school is the responsibility of the student; school bus service or public transport is readily available.
The Town of Oakville is a safe and vibrant family oriented community located on the shores of Lake Ontario. With a mid-sized population of approximately 185,000, it offers an abundance of community recreation facilities, parks, trails, shopping, entertainment and restaurant