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Host Friendship Families

Your interest in opening your home and heart to international students this Christmas is truly appreciated.

Will you share a holiday meal with international students this Easter?

Next Friendship Families:
Friday, March 29th - Sunday, March 31, 2024

Registration closes: Monday, March 18, 2024


How Friendship Families Works

Festive Dinner Table


Sign Up to Host

Many international students don't have family to return to for the holidays. We welcome you to open your home, with your family, to offer warm hospitality this holiday season. A simple meal and quality time means the world to many of our international students. 

Host Dates:

Friday, March 29, 2024

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Sunday, March 31, 2024


Get Matched with International Students

International Students are so grateful for the opportunity to be invited into your home.

Things for you to note:

There will be a min. of 2 students at each meal

Transportation is provided by the host

As a host you agree to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.

You will be matched by Thursday, March 21, 2024.


Enjoy a Holiday Meal

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Matthew 25:35

As a hosts we are asking that you extend Christ's love to the students that you welcome into your home. The students may not share the same beliefs or worldviews as you as this meal is not the appropriate time to try to change a students worldview, but rather build a relationship with them.

Important Reminders

Key Dates to Remember:

​Please also note that you will be notified by Thursday, March 21, 2024 of your the international students! Prepare to create cherished memories and forge friendships that span the globe.

Safety and Transportation Matters:

To ensure the safety and comfort of the students, we kindly request hosts to provide transportation. Please arrange to pick up the students from their residences and drop them off afterward.

Capture the Moments:

We’d be thrilled to receive snapshots of your heartwarming Christmas meal shared with your students. Along with a brief overview, these photos become a powerful testament to the warmth of Canadian hospitality. Your stories inspire and welcome new families and friends to the HIS community.


Stay in Touch:

For any queries, changes, or updates after registering, please reach out to us at


As an international student living away from family and cultural activities, it means a lot to share a table with local families and get a glimpse of the festivals/events in the host culture!


I really enjoyed everything that was cooked by the host family. They are by far the most loving and caring people I have come across in Canada. Probably why I went back for Christmas after thanksgiving. I really like talking to them and learning about their culture and sharing about my culture or background in general.

*Names have been changed for student confidentiality 


It made me feel accepted in a foreign land. It was my first Christmas celebration outside my hometown and it was a great experience for me.

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