Getaway Families Program


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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. 



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  • 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


Sorry! We are not offering the program for the Fall 2023 term.

Please check back in Winter 2024!

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.