Round Square International Conference

September 27–October 3, 2018  

Conference Website:

Help host the world at Ashbury!

Ashbury will welcome 300 students from around the world in 2018 for the Round Square International Conference. Families from our Ashbury community will be hosting one, two or more of these international delegates for six days, from September 27 to October 3, 2018.  

Hosting is an opportunity to share our Canadian experience, foster lifelong friendships, and strengthen international relations. Most of all, it’s fun! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact

Meals and transportation

The students will eat breakfast at your home and require transportation to and from school. If you are unable to transport your billet students and have inquiries about our shuttle service, please contact All other meals will be provided by Ashbury. 

There is a half day scheduled on Saturday, September 29, where you will have some time with your host students. This is your opportunity to get to know your billets, have dinner with them, and show them our beautiful city. You can spend time with your billets in any way you choose. Some examples include a Redblacks game, touring Parliament, a hike in the Gatineau hills, a trip to Park Omega, or a tour of Ottawa’s haunted walk. Show off what you love about Ottawa!  


We would ask that at least one adult is home during hosting nights. If hosts absolutely must go out for the evening after 9 p.m. we ask that you find a responsible adult to stay with the billets until you return.

About Round Square at Ashbury

Ashbury College is one of 180 Round Square schools around the world, and has been an active member since 2007.
Round Square schools share a passion for experiential learning and are characterized by a shared belief in an approach to education based on six pillars known as the IDEALS, drawn from the theories of education philosopher Kurt Hahn. These IDEALS are:


Each year, students from Round Square Schools come together for a life-changing international educational experience.  In September 2018, Ashbury College will be hosting the 2018 Round Square International Conference. You can share in this wonderful experience by hosting student delegates from any of the 44 participating countries.

Conference Theme

The selected theme for the 2018 RSIC is Bring Your Difference representing the fact that multiculturalism is a fixture of Canadian society.  Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as a national policy in 1971. As a population, Canadians embrace the mosaic of cultures—in essence the differences—that make up our nation. The diversity of this country is a source of strength, and this conference hopes to express these principles through daily themes.  

Conference Schedule at a glance

Thursday, Sept 27: Arrival Day

  • Rockcliffe tours and activities 
  • Dinner at Ashbury College

Friday, Sept 28: Day 1, Opening Ceremonies

  • Multicultural Day

Saturday, Sept 29:  Day 2,  Indigenous Day

  • Evening activity: * Billet Family Night

Sunday, Sept 30: Day 3, Adventure Day

  • Off-site Adventure Day (ie., rafting, hiking, etc.) 
  • Film Night 

Monday, Oct 1: Day 4, Service Day

  • Christie Lake 

Tuesday, Oct 2: Day 5, Experience Ottawa Day

  • Amazing Race to experience Ottawa 
  • Dinner and Dance at Ashbury College

Wednesday, Oct 3: Day 6, Departure day

  • Closing Ceremony and Departures

Outline of Activities

The conference will primarily take place on the campus of Ashbury College with visits to offsite facilities for adventure and service days.  Each day will be themed: Multicultural Day, Indigenous Day, Adventure Day, Service Day and Experience Ottawa Day, with aligned activities for that day. 

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724