About IHA


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. Our homestay network consists of an extensive network of over 20,000 host families in five English-speaking countries. Our homestays situated close to public transportation and transit hubs.

Our Mission Statement

We promote cultural exchange, language immersion, and comfortable stays with personalized and coordinated placement services between students and host families.

Our Founders

Our founder was an international student who aspired to study and travel abroad. He stayed in a homestay with a local host family in Europe to practice a foreign language, learn about local lifestyle, and European culture. His homestay experience was a good one. It was an excellent opportunity to form new friendships with the locals. Although the rise of online homestay booking platforms, he dicovered that the ability to search for and book homestay was somewhat cumbersome and impersonal for most international students. He found that the need for coordinated efforts and personal placement service by a live homestay coordinator would continue to be an essential part of the security and comfort of the homestay students and host families. Therefore, IHA was established to meet the need for personalized placement services with the support of our dedicated homestay providers. Our homestay agency team will continue to assist many students and families for years to come.

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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