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The following brochure provides a description of workshops available for VIU host families for 2018/2019 hosting season.

The Homestay Office is starting a new initiative in recognition of long-term dedication of host families who reach hosting milestones with our program, celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30+ years of service within the Homestay Program. This reception and presentation will be an opportunity for VIU to express its gratitude for host family’s years of commitment and dedication to the Homestay Program.

Attendance at trainings are optional. A variety of dates and times were selected based on host feedback to include evening and weekend options to accommodate schedules.

Why attend additional training? • • • • •


NEW The Homestay Office has been working hard to develop educational resources to support hosts in their hosting role. We are endeavouring to make as much as we can available on the new Homestay host website throughout 20182019. Key features of the website include: • • • • • •

Respite Requests Homestay Forms Letters of Agreements Hosting Experience Manual Emergency Procedures Video Presentations, and more!

Gain resources to add to your hosting toolkit Network with other homestay hosts They are FREE to attend: Sessions are valued anywhere between $8-$45 per participant Connect with Faculty and Staff from Vancouver Island University and The High School (THS) Win prizes

REGISTRATION INFORMATION Registration is required in advance, and can be completed online by selecting each individual session or by contacting the homestay office. HOMESTAY OFFICE 250-740-6159 HOMESTAY EMAIL HOMESTAY HOST WEBSITE


ONGOING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Case Studies: Supporting Students and Having Difficult Conversations April 2018 / January 2019 / August 2019 Session Duration: 1.5hr Feedback from previous homestay host trainings indicated that host families would like an opportunity to explore more case studies and scenarios. Hosts will be able to submit questions or cases that they would like discussed before the session. Hosts will be able to learn how to problem solve and address potential challenges they might face and determine the supports available. Staff from the Homestay department, counselling, and advising teams will be there to explore cases through roundtable interactions.

Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone, Livingworks Canada May 2018 / February 2019 Session Duration: 3.5hr safeTALK is a half-day (3.5hr) training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training— anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps. Seats Limited Facilitator: Danielle Johnsrude, Manager Homestay & Off Campus Housing, Livingworks safeTALK Trainer

Facilitators: Homestay Team, International Student Services Advisor/Counsellor

October 2018 / April 2019 Session Duration: 2hr How we solve difficult problems, how we argue and how we “make up” are learned in the groups in which we live during our formative years and modified based on specific experiences we have during our lifetime. Recognizing patterns in our own problem solving/conflict resolution style helps us improve our personal relationships with others because it increases understanding. In this session participants will complete the Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory and explore different responses to conflict while acknowledging cultural differences. Seats Limited Facilitator: Mackenzie Sillem, Intercultural Learning & Support Coordinator

Homestay Proofing your Home

Encouraging English Language Development with your Homestay Students

June 2018 / May 2019 Session Duration: 1.5hr

October 2018 / April 2019 Session Duration: 1.5hr

This fun nuts and bolts workshop will look at different ways that hosts can prepare their home environment for a student. We will be looking at wear and tear, preventing damages, move-out process, talking with your insurance companies, creative household guidelines and more. Hosts will leave with a resource kit and checklist.

Many of our host families host students who are part of the English Language Centre (ELC). One of the significant roles of the homestay placement is to help students develop and practice their English Language skills outside of the school environment. This workshop is designed and facilitated by Faculty from the English Language Centre, in hopes to provide homestay hosts with practical ways of communicating with English Language learners and resolving communication difficulties that may arise.

Facilitator: Chris Yeast, Homestay Coordinator

Facilitators: Sylvia Arnold and Rita Mizuno, Faculty English Language Centre

The High School 101 – Dessert and Coffee Bar November 2018 / September 2019 Session Duration: 1.5hr Do you host a high school student? Or are you interested in hosting a high school student in the future? Come and join The High School (THS) principal Catherine Brazier and the Homestay Team for a dessert and coffee night. Get a chance to mix and mingle with The High School staff and have Q & A time with the principal. Topics of discussion will include: • • • •

Communicating with students families/parents/agents The extras (permission forms, moving notifications) The role of the Custodian Insurance and third party liability

Facilitator: Catherine Brazier, THS, Insurance, Homestay Team

VIU Host Family Ongoing Training Brochure  
VIU Host Family Ongoing Training Brochure  

This brochure outlines optional training opportunities for host families within the VIU Homestay Program.