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...
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
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
An untouched gem
Submitted by Mario Gabriel Araujo Rodriguez - Loyola University New Orleans | August 11, 2017
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.
Teaching English, learning German
Submitted by Andrew Mulhern - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom | July 27, 2017
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.