Opportunities for homestay managers and coordinators: Professional learning, sharing ideas and networking 

– How to ensure successful host/student matches
– Best practices in host and student orientation
– Managing a critical incident involving a homestay
– Dealing with substance abuse by hosts or students

Be sure to attend one of our Professional Development Conferences for Homestay Managers! There are two upcoming dates:

Vancouver, British Columbia: March 1-2, 2018 – SOLD OUT

This two-day conference features expert speakers, sharing of best practices and plenty of networking opportunities. It will include sessions on effective home visits, improving your orientations, dealing with critical incidents and much more.
Here’s the agenda: Vancouver Homestay Conference 2018 – Agenda 0125

Boston, Massachusetts, April 27, 2018

This one-day conference will feature one of our most popular speakers, Madeleine Golda of Edu-Boston. She will be discussing intercultural differences and how to improve communications between students, teachers, hosts and agents. There will also be sessions of recruiting host families, orientation and much more!
Here’s the agenda. Agenda – Boston Homestay Workshop 2018
Register Now. Spaced is limited!

International educators are invited to attend:

Risk Management and Liability for International Education Programs

This is a “must attend” for international educators to ensure that they are managing risk and have documentation in place. Dave Bird, a veteran educator and expert in the field, will facilitate this interactive workshop. A special feature will be lunch speaker Bruce Croxon, formerly of Dragons Den, who will provide entrepreneurship advice.

Cost is just $295 plus tax, which includes lunch, breaks and our special guest speaker. Space is limited – register now!

We have been running workshops for international educators since 2016 and the feedback is consistently outstanding. Here’s what attendees at the 2017 Toronto conference had to say:

Participants rated the overall conference at 4.8 out of 5. That’s a score of 96 percent! Here are some of their comments:

  • “I learned a lot and feel excited to implement many new things. It was easy to talk and share ideas in such a welcoming group. I’m so happy I came!”
  • “Excellent! Will definitely come again!”
  • “Once again, such a valuable conference. Thank you!”
  • “Outstanding speakers all around.”


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How many people will be attending? We are expecting 25-30 homestay and international program staff to attend. That means it will be big enough to share ideas but small enough to get to know everyone.

Will there be networking opportunities? Absolutely. We always include plenty of time for informal sharing ideas with colleagues.

Is there a special price for hotel rooms? Yes, there will be. Once you register for the conference, we will provide you with details on reserving your room.

I registered but now I can’t attend. What should I do? You are welcome to send a colleague in your place. Just let us know who will be attending. Unfortunately, we do not provide refunds.

Who should attend? The conference is designed for homestay managers, homestay coordinators and other homestay staff from high schools, language schools, colleges, universities and homestay companies. International student program managers may also wish to attend.