About Nacel

Programs dedicated to international understanding and language education

Nacel Canada HSP Inc., a not for profit organization and proud member of Nacel International, is dedicated to promoting international understanding and language education. Since 1957, Nacel’s programs have provided young people with the opportunity to discover new things about themselves and the world around them.


Nacel’s programs bring people together to enhance cultural and linguistic awareness and to promote international friendship and harmony. Nacel’s offices around the world recognize the fundamental importance of adherence to a set of values based on respect for an individual regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin and social or financial status.

What does Nacel mean?

Nacel comes from the French word “nacelle,” which is the basket of a hot air balloon as displayed in our logo. Like the balloon explorers of long ago, our participants have a spirit of adventure, are eager to learn about others, and are open to discovering the value of cultural diversity.

Our Philosophy:

The future of our world depends on our youth. Young people need experiences in real life which complement their classroom learning and which help them to develop an awareness of their role as world citizens. Opportunities for learning about people must be easily accessible and affordable to a wide range of people.

Experiencing the life of its people is the best way to become acquainted with another country, its heritage and its values. Living with a family provides a warm, secure and relevant setting for experiencing the culture of another country.

Communication is key to understanding the culture. A knowledge of the language people speak, an eagerness to improve communication skills and a curiosity for learning permit a greater level of understanding. The friendships which result from the sharing of family life encourage continued communication, growth and better understanding of other people.


  1. To promote international understanding through homestay experiences and cultural tour programs. Our goal is to help people discard stereotypes and to discover the present realities of another culture.
  2. To increase awareness of the importance of understanding other cultures and to stimulate interest in community support of language and global education.
  3. To offer an opportunity for language students to learn first-hand about the culture of the country whose language they are studying and to improve their communication skills.
  4. To provide well-formulated educational programs which offer affordable opportunities to many students and families.
  5. To make participation a rewarding experience for both students and families by providing preparation for participants, organized transportation, and a well-structured support network.

What Nacel offers

Family Experience

Living with a host family is the best way to learn firsthand about another culture. The language you have been learning will come alive as you make new friends, share their culture and discover new things about yourself and your world.


Host families are carefully chosen by a local Nacel Coordinator. Hosts welcome their student as an additional member of the family and provide care and support a home away from home. The student should be prepared to take part in family life and to help with various tasks around the house (making the bed, doing dishes, etc.), as a full member of the family. During the stay, a student may be hosted by more than one family. Becoming part of a community of families and students abroad is an enriching experience, bringing growth, self-confidence and an increased awareness of the world we share.

The personal growth and communication skills gained from an experience abroad can make an important difference in college and in career goals.

Support Network

Nacel Canada Inc. offers continuous support to participants. A local Coordinator will work with each individual student, including arranging their homestay, finding their school and acting as contact throughout the year.

Tutorial Programs


To overcome the language weaknesses of Academic Program participants, we also offer a tutorial program that will better prepare the students for the upcoming experience.

Students live with host families during the tutorial, which gives them the opportunity to continue the language skills they learn during the day and also experience the family life in the evenings.

The arrival date for the English Tutorial Program in Toronto is usually at the beginning of August. Students will depart from Toronto to final destination at the end of the Tutorial. Participants are responsible for all flights.

Nacel Canada HSP Inc.
#208, 8925 – 82 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z2
Tel: 00-1-780-468-0941
Toll free: 1-800-661-6223 within Canada
Email: info@nacelcanada.org