All accomodations are located in the city of Richmond, BC, Canada. Richmond is a beautiful city that is a suburb of Vancouver. Centrally and conveniently located, Richmond is minutes away from Vancouver by train, bus or car. Homes are above average for this area and are considered to be some of the most modern, comfortable, affordable and desirable in this region. Most homes are close to parks, pubic transit, shopping, services and schools. As in all cities, the size, design and configuration of homes ranges from detached single family structures to townhomes and condominiums. All homes provide the same conveniences and services but in a different manner.
Program participants are placed in qualifying local Richmond family homes. Wherever possible, participants will be given their own bedroom. Homestay fees include daily drop-off and pick-up at school, three meals and snacks per day, laundry washer/dryer will be available, as well as shared bathroom facilities. All homes will provide daily access to wireless internet and/ or a desktop computer.
Richmond is an award-winning city, so visitors are surrounded by some of Vancouver’s most beautiful ocean, forest and mountain views. Within walking distance program participants will all required services, activity centers, sports facilities, parks, natural habitats and entertainment complexes.
Host parents will work hard to support and protect children who are staying in their homes. Children under the age of 16 years need to ask permission to leave the home at any time.
Program participants and accompanying adults also have the option of staying in hotels with all meals provided. Program participants choosing hotel accommodations will stay 2 per room in either one and two bedrooms suites with kitchens, or regular hotel rooms, depending on group requests. ZenTec Learning accommodation partnerships are with hotels in the Hilton family, as well Executive Hotel and Resort in Richmond, British Columbia. Other hotels can are arranged after negotiations with group leaders.
Homestay service is available to individuals and groups. Homestay is included in the registration fee. In each instance, the homes are modern, clean, warm and welcoming. Some homes are larger than others and some have pets, but each is safe, secure and has a friendly atmosphere.
Home configuration varies from family to family. Some homes are detached single dwelling homes, while others are attached townhomes or condominiums. All homes have been inspected and the host has been given a documented police review to ensure that the host is an upstanding citizen.
Most homes provide one bedroom with two beds for two persons, while others provide one bedroom per person for a slight additional cost. The rates may vary based on type of home, placement and type of amenities available in the assigned home.
Accommodation include the following:
Highway Coach Pick-up at Vancouver International Airport upon arrival
Sleeping quarters configured with one bed per person
Access to a clothes dresser drawer unit and a small closet
Healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner meals provided everyday
Mid-day snack per day
Evening snack per day
Access to the internet with wireless capability
Access to television, radio and audio players
Access to laundry facilities [Assistance provided]
Daily delivery and pick-up from school or activity site
Drop-off at Vancouver International Airport on departure day.