An old abandoned coal mining company house in Glace Bay is a relic of a way of life gone by. This neighbourhood, named No. 2 after the mine it was built around, is still home to many locals and least a handful of international students living in homestays.
For some locals, facilitating a homestay — renting rooms to an international students —is a welcome and often needed financial boost that pays anywhere from $400-$750 per month. For others, opening up their home to students is more about the experience. Regardless of the initial consideration, homestays can serve as character builders for both sides and lead to meaningful and lasting friendships.
© Steve Wadden