About Us


International Homestay Agency

IHA - International Homestay Agency is a subsidiary of and operated by VHA-Vancouver Homestay Agency, Inc. In 2005, the agency incorporated in Victoria, BC, Canada. We adhere to the guidelines for homestay providers established by the Government of Canada. The company assists a homestay network of host families in Canada, the United States, and Australia. The agency is working on expanding the homestay network in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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, and stayed in a homestay to practice a foreign language and learn about foreign cultures. The homestay was a great way for me to practice the language lesson of the day while forming new friendships.

I found that the ability to search for and book a homestay was somewhat a challenge. Most schools or colleges did not offer enough suitable homestay or housing vacancies. Although the rise of online homestay booking automation providers became widely available, I think that the coordinated efforts and introduction by a live coordinator must stay part of the placement process.

I believe in homestay as a great learning experience for students to immerse in foreign cultures, practice speaking a foreign language, and communicate effectively with others. A well-coordinated homestay experience from the start becomes an excellent way to promote multiculturalism. 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 process between students and hosts. With the support of our dedicated partners, loyal sponsors, and homestay providers, we can 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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