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Homestay Program


MacDowellRugby Island Academy Homestay

MacDOWELLRUGBY has partnered with Cowichan Secondary School and is looking for Duncan residents to open their homes for our out-of-town athletes.

Billet families play an important role in the lives of MacDOWELLRUGBY Athletes. Billet families work hard to ensure that our athletes integrate into the community smoothly and comfortably while reducing the stress of moving to a new city and being away from their family.

Billet families will receive compensation on a monthly basis to cover the cost of athletes' basic living expenses.

Billeting will be for the school year - September to June.

If you are interested in hosting an athlete please contact:

Judy Watson -

What it means to billet:

  • To be a mentor, friend, counsellor, and a good role model.

  • To provide a clean, family-oriented environment.

  • To provide nutritious meals and snacks.

  • To provide a private bedroom.

  • To listen and give encouragement.

  • To support and build-up their self-esteem.

  • To treat the player as 'one of the family'.

  • To provide transportation if and when needed.

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