Cortes Island homestays needed for exchange students starting this September

Two male students in a classroom smile at the camera.
Teramura said past international students in the school district have come from Spain, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and other countries. Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash
Anastasia Avvakumova - CKTZ - Cortes IslandBC | 25-03-2022
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BC School District 72 (SD72) is preparing for a brand new high school program called Cortes Island Academy (CIA) this fall and needs homestay families to host off-island students.

The pilot program aims to remedy the absence of high school education on Cortes and gives priority to Cortes and Klahoose First Nation students, but has also been advertised across the district and internationally.

"It's a wonderful contribution to our community to bring kids from around the world who are excited to experience our way of life," said Rhonda Teramura, Homestay and Wellness Coordinator for SD72.

"We do see all kinds of shapes and sizes of families, and we encourage everyone to apply," she added, based on the program running successfully in Campbell River for the last 15 years.

There is a monthly $900 remuneration per student, as well as coaching from Teramura and support across the homestay network.

Those who are interested can get more information and apply by emailing

Listen to the full CKTZ News report below: