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Renison’s Getaway Families Program is a non-residential host family program connecting local families with international students studying at Renison University College.  

The program provides:

  • An opportunity for students to make a connection with a local family, have a glimpse into life off-campus and have some conversation practice.
  • An opportunity for families to connect with international students and learn about students’ cultures and home countries. 
  • A structured setting for families and students to engage with each other.  Conversation prompts and activity ideas are provided. 

 people doing snow angelsDetails:

  • Students and families will be matched based on similar interests and availability
  • Students and families will plan low cost activities within the community
  • Activity suggestions and resources to manage intercultural interactions are available
  • There is no cost on either participant’s part
  • Groups of 2 or 3 students are matched with each volunteer family

Time commitment: 

  • One academic terms (12 weeks), 3-4 meetings per term

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Christine Gillies or Bethany Dixon. 

This program is inspired by a similar program at the United World College-USA.