Hello, nice to meet you :)
My name is Gema and I will be your homestay provider and welcome you to our home, your home away from home in Toronto!
Our family has been hosting international students from around the world since 2016 and we have had the privilege of meeting and assimilating different cultures in our home.
I currently work in a government entity in the Water and Wastewater Industry, now in my 13th year, where our main mission is to help protect Canada's water resources.
My daughter, who is now 23 years old, followed in my footsteps, took the same course in College, and is currently working in a water/wastewater treatment facility in one of Canada's biggest chicken companies in Brampton Ontario. My son, who is in Grade 12, is passionate about cooking and baking and will pursue Culinary Management in the Fall of 2023.
My partner is a realtor and has been in the realty business for a long time. We all like to have fun, watch sports, we like to cook a lot, and gardening is our main passion from spring, summer, and fall. We like to host family dinners as I have two sisters and their families who live not far from us.
I prepare and cook from scratch most of our dinners every day, time permitting. I work full time so there are times I am super busy and organize our dinners accordingly!
There are always fresh vegetables from our garden in the gardening season months!
If you would like to connect with me, just send me a message through Linguifamily's platforms.
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon! :)
**Our homestay location is very convenient as we are in the center of 3 subway lines, which are very easy to navigate, and the TTC bus stop is right in front of our home. The TTC bus takes about 20 to 25 minutes depending on traffic to the subway line to downtown Toronto. The subway travel time to downtown Toronto is around 20 to 25 minutes.
**Typical travel time to downtown Toronto is around 45 minutes from our home.
Our home has 8 bedrooms and we can host 5 students at the same time. But book early as we are always fully booked due to the insistent demand of our former students who recommend our homestay to their family and friends!
The students that we host are from different countries and nationalities.
We have a large and modern home and our kitchen is equipped with everything our host students need to help them prepare their own breakfast. This is called self-serve. A variety of cereals, bread, fruit, coffee, milk, and yogurt are typical breakfast options. On weekends, I prepare fried eggs, pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, or BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich).
We do not provide lunch as students are expected to buy their own lunch at their school location. However, we do provide a hot dinner with a balanced diet of carbohydrates, meat, fish, and vegetables. The following are a sample of our typical dinners. Although not everything I cook is posted, you will experience it for yourself when you choose our homestay on your next trip to Toronto! :)
Merci Gema pour cet accueil chaleureux et ta bienveillance durant ces 6 semaines. Je me suis sentie bien dans ta maison. J'ai beaucoup apprécié les échanges que nous pouvions avoir durant les repas et en dehors des repas. La disponibilité de Gema est tout aussi appréciable. Je recommande aux étudiants de venir s'installer chez Gema et de découvrir sa cuisine ! Constance
From 490 € / week