Welcome to Landing Pad in Canada
|Monthly||$700||Due upon arrival|
There is no deposit charged and no refunds given because the program is only for 30 days.
Your Landing Pad host pays for routine expenses in the home, including 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). Consider contributing to extra expenses if you have special dietary requirements, go to special events or go on weekend trips with your homestay family. If families are paying for you, be sure to show appreciation for their kindness. Do not carry a lot of extra cash with you; debit/bank cards or credit cards are much safer to carry and widely accepted in Canada
Your Landing Pad host will provide you with food for breakfast and dinner. You are responsible for your own lunch, and may have to prepare your own breakfast with the food provided.
The evening meal is a family time. All household members usually sit down together to eat and discuss the day. Ask your family when dinner will be served so you can be home on time. It is very important to tell your host family if you will not be home for dinner.
Some food is included in your fees, but you may have to purchase foods or drinks that the family does not regularly use. By buying your own food, you will learn where to get groceries and how much they cost.If you like to cook you can speak to your family about preparing and cooking your own meals. Some of the best experiences in a homestay are learning Canadian culture and spending time together while eating meals. Some students can find it very different at first, but learn to enjoy Canadian customs.
In Canadian culture, it is important to use deodorant, brush your teeth and shower every day.
In the bathroom…
- Showers should not take longer than 10 minutes
- Toilet paper gets flushed down the toilet, but sanitary napkins are wrapped and thrown in the garbage
- Get your homestay family to show you how to use their washing machine and dryer
- Only wash your clothes when you have a full load of laundry and after 7pm or on weekends when it costs less energy
In the home…
- Turn off lights and electronics when you are not using them, as electricity in Canada is expensive during peak hours
Computers & Internet Access
We recommend that you bring or purchase your own computer if you want computer access at home.
Be respectful of the amount of time you spend on the internet – Abuse of or disregard for reasonable internet usage may result in disconnection of the service.
The college has computer labs that are available for student use for many hours each day and are free of charge.
Most Canadians do not permit smoking in their homes. Many will allow for smoking outdoors. You must cooperate with your family and their rules regarding smoking.
If your cell phone does not support a purchased Canadian Sim card, you will have to buy a new phone.
Landing Pad hosts will not have your boyfriend or girlfriend stay overnight. Friends should not be at your home for meals on a regular basis. It is best to talk openly to your host family about your relationships and their household guidelines. Ask your host family before inviting guests to their home – bear in mind that you will be responsible for any damages incurred by your guest(s).