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Spain

Teach English to a Host Family in Spain!

Have you always dreamed of living in Spain? Whether you are a soccer fanatic, a Flamenco aficionado or a foodie in search of the best paella – you will surely fall in...

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Germany

Explore Germany While Living with a Host Family!

Germans place a high priority on structure, privacy and punctuality. The German people embrace the values of thriftiness, hard work and industriousness and there is great...

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South Korea

Teach English to a Host Family in South Korea with CHI!

South Korea has been in the spotlight in recent years for its pop culture and cuisine. Whether you are a fan of Korean boy bands such as K-Pop, are learning the language

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France

Teach English to Your Host Family and Explore France!

As a World Explorer in France, you will get the chance to learn the real French way of life. You can put on a barret, learn to make crepes, become a cheese expert and a wine...

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Germany

Au Pair Abroad in Germany

Cultural Homestay International (CHI) has been in the business of changing lives for over 36 years. Join our CHI family and become an Au Pair Abroad in Germany. As an Au...

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China

Teach English to a Host Family in China!

CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Beijing and in Shanghai to carefully screen and interview host families. Once your application is received, our partners work

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Multiple Countries

Become a World Explorer and Teach English to a Host Family

As a World Explorer, you can go to over 20 countries and stay with a host family for one, two or three months. The World Explorers program allows everyone, even budget travelers,...

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Netherlands

Awesome Internships in Amsterdam!

Did you know that Amsterdam is the tech capital of Europe? Come see what all the hype is about! Explore the canals, the culture and the architecture of this thriving city...

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Mexico

Hospitality and Culinary Internships in Mexico!

This program allows you to work in a leading hotel or restaurant in the gorgeous country of Mexico! Understand the industry from the inside out while working in a professional...

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China

Au Pair Abroad in China!

Become and Au Pair Abroad in China with Cultural Homestay International (CHI). We have been in the business of changing lives through cultural exchange for over 36 years! As...

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France

Au Pair Abroad in France with CHI

Have you always dreamed of living in France? Make your dream come true by becoming an Au Pair Abroad in France with Cultural Homestay International (CHI). We have been in...

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Brazil

Teach a Host Family in Brazil with CHI's World Explorers!

Warm and fun-loving Brazilians are waiting to share their love of samba, football, a yummy bean dish called feijoada and their delicious caipirinhas with you! Can you think...

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Mongolia

Explore Mongolia and Teach English to a Host Family!

How would you like to live with a host family in Mongolia for a couple of months? Yes, Mongolia! Mongolia boasts a unique clash of its modern and ancient civilizations....

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Belgium

Explore Belgium and Teach English to a Host Family!

Belgium is a charming country that is rich in history and stands at the forefront of political leadership. Located in western Europe, Belgium has about 40 miles of seacoast...

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Cultural Homestay International Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

English teacher abroad

Very good experience, CHI does its utmost to provide you with teaching resources, travel advice, information on the city and family and on top of that they give lots of reassurances and confidence boosts. They are very good at finding you a host family and helping you get in contact so you know what to expect from the family. They're also with you 100% of the way, not just getting you there. Wonderful group!

Program: Teach English to Your Host Family and Explore France!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Teaching English in Germany for one month

Through Cultural Homestay International, I got to spend one month living near the city of Heilbronn, Germany; just North of Stuttgart. The family I stayed with was very nice and accommodating, even the room they gave me was nicer than the one I have back home! While in Germany my duties were to "teach" the children English two hours a day. But because the children were only 5 and 7 years old, any traditional lessons would have bored them, making them not want to learn with me. So what I ended up doing was just playing games with the kids. We would play board games, build Legos, play in the yard, and all sorts of other activities together. By the time I left, both the parents and I could see a vast improvement in the children's English.

I was also allowed to travel on my own. I spent 3 days in Berlin, where I got to meet a lot of other travelers, and even made a few new friends. I also got to see the cities of Nuremberg, Heidleburg, and of course, Stuttgart. It was an amazing journey that I cannot recommend enough!

Program: Explore Germany While Living with a Host Family!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Shanghai summer surprise

My original plan wasn't to go to China this summer but to my surprise that's where I ended up. Using CHI was a safe, easy and affordable way to see Shanghai. While there I stayed with a very nice young family. I ate amazing Chinese food, a lot of which came from the families garden. The house was comfortable and close to public transportation. Shanghai is an international city with lots to see and do. The air quality is better then Beijing and the metro is awesome. My CHI coordinator was helpful and always available to answer any questions. I happened to be the only CHI volunteer in Shanghai so meeting with other program volunteers was not possible. That was okay I still meet some amazing people to hang out with and enjoy the sites. I spent time with my host family working on conversational English and a summer English homework packet. Along with seeing Shanghai I also visited Wei Hai ( a beach city) and Wuzhen (a water town). All in all it was an amazing summer learning about eastern culture and sharing western culture with some awesome people. I would definitely use CHI again. It's a great way to travel and see the world

Program: Become a World Explorer and Teach English to a Host Family

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

An untouched gem

In Mongolia, I ended up finding myself in an unknown country teeming with culture and tradition. I spent most of my time in the capital city of Ulaanbaator, a bustling city of over a million people. The city was very much alive and moving, as people were constantly commuting and taking part in various activities. The food may take some adjustment for westerners, but I assure you it is made by working hands and comes with some of the friendliest service in the world. I am so very glad I had the opportunity to venture off in this wonderful city. If anyone has the chance to visit, I would highly recommend it.

Program: Explore Mongolia and Teach English to a Host Family!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Teaching English, learning German

With the help of Cultural Homestay International’s World Explorer Program, I was able to travel abroad and teach English for three months. I chose to go to Germany as I had previously studied German at A Level and I have a passion for the language. I stayed in a town called Groß-Umstadt in Hessen (an hour from Frankfurt) with a lovely host family. My job was to teach the son, Tom, English as he was struggling behind at school and had grown increasingly frustrated with learning it.

Once settled in, everyday life was very comfortable as I had a lot of time to wander through the surrounding forests, plan lessons and eat far too many sausages.

I drew on my own language learning experiences to figure out how to teach Tom English without boring him or confusing him. My approach was to make no lesson seem like work in order to keep him engaged and learning. It proved to be somewhat effective as he went from worst to best in the class, achieving 97% in his end of year exam.

The experience was also great for my German as I was always meeting people and going to places so being hesitant with my German was not an option because few people spoke any English. I am far from any sort of fluency, but German movies, songs and books make far more sense and having the ability to converse with strangers in a foreign language is fun as well as useful.

Program: Explore Germany While Living with a Host Family!

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