About IHA


International Homestay Agency

International Homestay Agency, IHA is a subsidiary of the 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 20,000 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 to study and travel abroad. I stayed in a homestay with a local host family in Germany to practice a foreign language and learn about western culture. The homestay experience was great. It was an excellent way for me to practice the language and form new friendships. I remember that I found that the ability to search for and book a homestay was somewhat of a challenge. Although the rise of online homestay booking and automation became widely available, I thought that the coordinated efforts and introduction by a live coordinator essential to a successful homestay placement. I believe in a homestay as a great learning experience for students to immerse in foreign cultures, speak a foreign language, and communicate effectively. A comfortable homestay arrangement is an outcome of a good match between a student and her/his host family. With the support of our dedicated partners and homestay community, our team is confident that we can assist many students and families for years to come. Thank you all for your support.

Ehab E.,  Founder

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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