Cultural Homestay International
Cultural Homestay International Programs
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
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....
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...
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...
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...
Are you tired of using the expression, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do?" Stop saying it and just do it! Join World Explorers in Italy and experience the country as a local. In...
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,...
Cultural Homestay International Reviews
The Road Less Traveled On
Submitted by Heather Schroeder - Fox Valley Technical College | July 04, 2018
One month later, as I faced the predicament of if I wanted to leave the country (China) or not, I remembered how my adventure started with a shy, scared American woman who was clueless of the changes that were about to happen. It is truly amazing how much I’ve changed since the beginning of my trip to China. Beijing, the capital of mainland China, sported more stores, restaurants, markets, and Starbucks on one block than I see in an entire city in America.
My host family was by the far the best part of my stay. I didn't just learn about their culture, but I shared mine and my future career goals. My host family was very supportive and encouraged me to get out and see my new surroundings.
The tutoring sessions were my another favorite part of my trip as I introduced several new card games to my host family and videos that have helped me learn English in the past. My host sister loved learning new English songs and singing them in the car before school.
I had plenty of free time to explore Beijing and the surrounding areas. I saw many tourist attractions with my host family and other World Travelers.
China is an amazing country and anyone who wishes to go off the beaten path will find China to be worthwhile and a rewarding experience.
CHI is an amazing organization to go through if you have the heart to travel and wish to share your culture, learn a new language, make new friends, and teach English.
Pre-med in Italy
Submitted by John Tohme - Baylor University | June 04, 2018
I ventured to Italy to teach English for a few months during my gap year as I apply to medical schools. This experience helped to broaden my horizons and gave me a deeper appreciation for different cultures and the human condition. I know that this experience will aid me in my future career.
Just like anything else in life, a trip with CHI will be what YOU make of it, so get out, meet new people, and enjoy this beautiful world that we've been given to explore.
English teacher abroad
Submitted by Ash Knipler - Canberra Australia | December 01, 2017
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!
Teaching English in Germany for one month
Submitted by Evan Dubetz - Moraine Valley Community College | August 12, 2017
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!
Shanghai summer surprise
Submitted by Miss Julie - Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States | August 12, 2017
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