About Us


International Homestay Agency

IHA - International Homestay Agency is a subsidiary of VHA-Vancouver Homestay Agency, Inc. The agency incorporated in Victoria Canada in 2005. We adhere to the guidelines for homestay providers established by the Government of Canada. The company assists local host families and international students arriving in Canada, the United States, and Australia. The agency is working on expanding its homestay network and reach in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We welcome you to join us in spreading homestay around the globe.

An extensive network of over 18,000 host families in five English-speaking countries.
Homestay homes located close to public transportation and transit hubs.
Law abiding homestay citizens who offer safe and welcoming homestay services.
Keen homestay hosts who are interested in housing both foreign and domestic students.

Our Mission

We promote cultural exchange, language immersion, and comfortable stays with state-of-art matching services between students and host families.

Our Founder


I was an international student who always aspired study and travel abroad. I stayed in a homestay with a local host family in Germany to practice a foreign language and learn about the western culture. The homestay was a great, and it was an excellent way for me to practice the language and form new friendships.

While searching for a homestay for myself, I remember that I found that the ability to search for and book a homestay was somewhat a challenge. Although the rise of online homestay booking automation providers became widely available, I think that the coordinated efforts and introduction by a live coordinator essential to a successful homestay placement.

I believe in homestay as a great learning experience for students to immerse in foreign cultures, speaking a foreign language, and communicating effectively with others. A well-coordinated homestay experience promotes mutual understanding of the universal need for peace across cultures. A delightful homestay arrangement is the result of a good match between a student and her/his host family.

Our long-term goal is to improve the matching the needs of students and hosts. With the support of our dedicated partners and homestay community, we may be able to assist many students for years to come.

Thank you all for your support.

Ehab El-Zanaty, Founder and CEO

Mailing Address:

  • P. O. Box 93040, Caulfeild Village RPO,
  • West Vancouver, BC, Canada V7W 3G4
  • Toll-free: 1 800-505-6775

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