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Billets needed for incoming international students

By CJ Goater May 28, 2024 | 12:58 PM

Lakehead Public Schools is expecting to welcome over 30 international high school students in September.

Currently, only 13 of the incoming students have been matched with a host family.

The students are arriving through MLI Homestay, which is an organization that allows students to pursue international education and find a billet family.

MLI is looking for an additional 18-20 hosts in the community.

“Hosting international students in Thunder Bay is an incredibly special experience that fosters cultural exchange and creates lifelong connections,” said the International Student Coordinator for Lakehead Public Schools Steven Johnson. “As the international student program at Lakehead Public Schools continues to grow, more families have the chance to embrace the joy of welcoming students from around the world into their homes, sharing diverse cultures, and creating cherished memories.”

According to MLI Homestay the international student program is growing in the city but the biggest challenge is finding hosts to accommodate them.

The host’s role is to include students in their home life, provide a private bedroom with a bed, desk and window, access to a bathroom and meals. Hosts are compensated monthly to take care of students’ basic needs.

Another group of students will be arriving in February as well.

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