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General News · 20th March 2023
Kate Maddigan

There are many opportunities to get involved with the CIA Homestay community!

The Cortes Island Academy is SEEKING the following:

1. HOMESTAY FAMILIES that can offer their homes and their “family” for 1 or more students from September through January. Homestays can be “part-time” where students go home for most weekends (stay a maximum of one weekend a month) and for holidays or “full-time” where students go home only on special occasions. Families are reimbursed between $700 and $900 a month for this service.

2. HOMES… We are looking to rent some homes from September through January to help create Homestay situations for students and families coming from the outer islands (such as Read, Sonora); families moving to Cortes for the Academy, or for a small “dorm.” These homes will have a live-in homestay parent residing in the home at all times.

3. HOMESTAY “PARENTS”…. Looking for a meaningful way to engage with young people? We are looking for HOMESTAY Parents… we will help find the home and the students… Help create a cooperative community, get five months of rent and some board paid for, and receive a small stipend.

4. RESPITE HOMESTAYS/PARENTS…. Interested in taking students occasionally so that HOMESTAY PARENTS can go on holiday? Reimbursed at $40/night and a casual way to make a difference.

"My homestay student really became part of our family and I appreciate how he came to trust me. He connected with my younger boys and was a huge support to me. I appreciated sharing a connection with him and his friends and sharing in their lives." - Cortes Homestay parent from last semester

Learn more at or email, or call Kate at 0242.

And please help us spread the word as we try to create incredible experiences for Cortes Islanders and our next generation of Changemakers. It takes a village!