International Homestay Agency
International Homestay Agency is operated by VHA - Vancouver Homestay Agency Inc. The agency incorporated in March 2005 in British Columbia, Canada. The agency adheres to homestay guidelines established for homestay providers by the Government of Canada. Since 2005, the agency's national and international relationships grew daily adding new students and host families to our network. With a support network of 15,000+ homestay partners, the agency continually assists students to securely book homestay accommodations in English speaking countries.
Why should a student use our homestay booking service?
- Target homestay within easy access to public transportation or near your school.
- Guidance and support with experienced homestay coordinators.
- Get one or more detailed and personal offers from hosts within 3 business days.
- Pay up-to 15% down payment to book your homestay online.
- Pay the balance in a set of easy payments to your homestay host directly after arrival.
Promote homestay as the foundation of culture exchange and mutual understanding between international students and local communities. Assist and facilitate the process of homestay placement between students and hosts.
I was a student who aspired to travel and study abroad. I liked the idea of staying in a homestay to practice a foreign language and learn about other cultures. While traveling and attending language schools in Europe, I enjoyed the company and kindness of a great host family. I enjoyed the homestay experience very much. Throughout my life and career, I still learn a great deal, appreciate culture experience, and exchange of ideas. Despite of wide use and new implementations of numerous web based booking and travel applications, I found that the ability to successfully find and book a homestay was still a challenge among students, educators, and homestay families. This is because homestay is totally a different experience than staying a hotel or just booking a hotel room. I aimed to facilitate and improve the booking process; especially in the first stages of the search for homestay, and closing a mutually beneficial homestay booking agreement. The human interaction and service will continue to an important part of a successful homestay placement.
In 2005, I started working on establishing IHA-International Homestay Agency (IHA), that it would one day become the premier homestay placement agency, and the first choice among students, educators, agents, and hosts. I believe in homestay as a great learning experience for students to get immersed into different cultures, learn or practice speaking languages, communicate effectively with others, and recruit advocates for multiculturalism, harmony, and peace in the world.
IHA's goal is to engage and collaborate with the community, international students, and educational organizations for many decades to come. Finally, IHA would not exist without the support of our community partners, loyal sponsors, and great partners.
Thank you all for your support.
Ehab El-Zanaty, Founder & CEO
IHA - International Homestay Agency | HomestayAgency.Com
Toll-free: +1 800 505-6775
VHA-Vancouver Homestay Agency Inc.
5375 Headland Drive, R.P.O. 93040
West Vancouver, BC, Canada V7W 3G4