For over 36 years, CHI has been developing exchange programs. Why? CHI wants businesses, hosting families and young Americans to share their values, their love and their freedom with foreigners. CHI also wants foreigners to share their culture, values, skills and life experiences with Americans. We believe this to be the best way to promote trust and understanding among nations and to build a more prosperous, peaceful world.
Unique opportunities to American families, to businesses and to youth worldwide.
Travel the world for less than $10/day
Loving, affordable and reliable childcare at your convenience
Study in an American High School, stay with a loving host family
Gain work experience, have an amazing cultural experience
Get familiar with our selection of exchange programs for high school students, host families and Au Pairs.
Group Homestay participants range from junior high and high school to university students who have studied English for 3 to 10 years. Both the students and their parents appreciate the environment of a homestay program as an excellent way to learn about North America and to improve their English skills.
CHI offers incredible and affordable travel abroad opportunities you will fall in love with, regardless of your age.
Amazing opportunities for university students, young professionals and American businesses. CHI’s work experience programs range from 1 to 18 months.
CHI's Short Term Enrichment Program (STEP) is a visa waiver (B1/B2 tourist visa) program which offers participants the opportunity to experience a business or non-profit operations while enhancing their business English skills. STEP provides the participant with personal rewards on a global scale.
CHI's Camp Leaders Program allows participants to experience the excitement of working in the great outdoors while making a difference in a child's life! By using recreational activities, sports and leadership skills along with enthusiasm, Camp participants will gain valuable international work experience.
CHI is not a profit-making idea. Both founders and the entire staff believe in CHI's mission and vision. Our various strategies, including the myriad of cultural exchange programs offered, have proven to be successful. The numbers speak for themselves!
The history of CHI starts with the story of Tom and Lilka Areton. Tom, CHI's co-founder (with Lilka), arrived in the United States from Czechoslovakia in October 1968. Lilka was born in Brooklyn and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. On November 1st, 1980, Tom and Lilka opened "California Homestay Institute."
CHI is managed by multi-talented and versatile directors and managers. They guide the tone by which all CHI's passionate and caring staff conduct the business. CHI's headquarters is located in San Anselmo, in beautiful Marin County, California. The rest of CHI's family is spread throughout the U.S., where our dedicated staff provides outstanding customer service.
CHI values connectivity and collaboration. Check what is happening in the cultural exchange world.
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