Bring the world home: Welcome an international student to your family!

CCRSB News: 
Friday, January 23, 2015

The Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of the program within the province. “Bring the World Home” promotes the benefits of hosting an international student. Nova Scotia has proven to be a popular destination for international students to live and study, but more host families are needed to ensure the success and continued growth of the NSISP.

The theme of the campaign aims to communicate how hosting an international student will enrich the lives of host family members by introducing new cultures and customs to them. The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) currently has 202 students participating in the international program.  These students attend 18 CCRSB schools and will be there for three or more months. 

“Hosting an international student means the opportunity to bring the world home,” says Paul Millman, Executive Director of the NSISP. “The learning you will gain and the connections you will make are a life changing experience for your whole family.” 

Joan Godfrey agrees. She noticed the positive impact that hosting an international student from Brazil had on her family right away. “Both of my children have benefitted tremendously from hosting an international student,” says Godfrey. “In fact, my teenage daughter’s marks have gone up in school which has led to an improvement in her self-esteem. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for our family.” 

This year there are 168 host families in the CCRSB community who will be housing students from three months to one year.  The “Bring Home the World” campaign is looking to expand these numbers so that students can experience an international presence in their schools and expand their knowledge of, and exposure to, different cultures. It also helps Canadian students to feel more comfortable talking about and sharing their own culture. 

 When you invite an international student into your home you may be surprised at how your family will grow. “When you host an international student, you’re not just getting a houseguest, you’re gaining a family member,” says Millman. 

About the Nova Scotia International Student Program 

Since 1997, the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) has welcomed students from around the world into homes across Nova Scotia. Working in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, students are given the opportunity to improve their English language skills while learning first-hand about life in Canada.  

Eligible students come from all over the world and are carefully matched with Nova Scotian host families with the help of our dedicated home stay coordinators. Students range in age from 8-18 years old and stay anywhere from one month to one year. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a host family, contact Lisa Hartery, CCRSB’s Coordinator of the International Student Program at P: (902) 896-5515 or harterylm@ccrsb.ca

To learn more about the NSISP, contact Andrea Ruston at P: (902) 896-5546 or andrea.ashton@novascotia.ca. You can also visit the NSISP on their website, Twitter and Facebook.