May 16, 2016


Here’s what students are saying!

“Without doubt, HAFH is a valuable, meaningful program especially for newly-arrived international students like me. I strongly recommend that new student take the opportunity to experience the rewarding journey during the time of their study.” – Marshal, PhD Engineering Student, 2015

“I have been impressed how caring and kind a couple can be. I always consider them [Alister & Beulah] as my grandparents asthey treat me and care about me like their grandson. They always try to introduce new people to me and improve my network here. One of the loveliest and kindest Canadian families I have ever met! They share their stories with me as if I am part of their family. I am absolutely delighted to attend this program and I will strongly recommend all international students to register.” – Mehrshad, Masters and PhD Student (Environmental Engineering), 2017

“When I first came here, I didn’t know any Canadian people. As for the language barrier, I felt so lonely. I just want to know more about them but I couldn’t find any way  to get in touch with them. It was then I came across this Home Away From Home program… the family they connected me with is so nice and friendly that I was  so eager to meet them often! In their family, I could see how they live and enjoyed  life!  Being connected to  a Canadian family, has given me much more than I expected!” – Ming, MCS Student, 2012

Here’s what families are saying!

“We have really enjoyed being involved with Home Away From Home. Though this friendship program, we have been introduced to students from all over the world. We’ve been honoured to learn about our new friends and what life was like for them back home, what beliefs and dreams they cherish, as well as what challenges they face at this stage in their lives. We’ve particularly enjoyed opening our home and sharing our family life as well so they can experience how families in Canada live as well. This is a such a good opportunity that we are even encouraging other Canadian friends to sign up so that they too can make friends from around the world.” – John, HAFH Family, 2015

“For us as we opened our home it has been more than our hearts could of imagined! Being our first time we were a little anxious trusting the language barrier would be no problem and then a concern was would they be comfortable with us! Right from the moment they arrived our hearts were connected with theirs… we are very humbled as they have expressed their love to us and cannot wait “to see us quickly” and we have already set up our next date. Truly a joy discovered as we give of ourselves—one receives much more back and it is priceless! – Ron & Judy, HAFH Family, 2015

“We have had much more than first contact, actually. Our first meet we all went to a Steve Bell concert. We then had them over for New Year’s Eve with some friends. They then invited us over during the week of Chinese New Year, and we had hot pot (which was amazing, you should try it if you ever get the chance). We absolutely love these people and get along really well with them. We’ve learned a lot about their cultures and have shared much about ours. Hopefully our next activity with them will be to head out to Canmore for an afternoon and a short hike at Grassi Lakes or something.” – Josh, HAFH Family, 2014

“Amy has gone back to China. We had a wonderful time together. I went to her grad and met her mom. It was all very touching and I’m a much better person for having met her.” – Candace, HAFH Family, 2012

“Wes and I have been blessed to be a part of Home Away From Home. This year we have two wonderful gals from China. One has a husband and an 11 yr old son who will be coming to Canada sometime this year.  We have had three visits with these gals.  We first met them when we had them to our home in Airdrie for Thanksgiving Day in October.  Other members of our family were also here and got to know them. Many questions were asked and answered from both the girls and our family. Our son and daughter-in-law enjoyed them so much she wanted to have them over at Christmas.” – Martha & Wes, HAFH Family, 2012