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CHI HAS BEEN A CARING, REPUTABLE AND DEDICATED NON-PROFIT CULTURAL EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION FOR 36 YEARS!

Cultural Homestay International

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.

CHI operates 11 cultural exchange programs

Becoming familiar with all different exchange opportunities may be overwhelming.

With that in mind, we divided all other options available in categories:

Educational Programs

Get familiar with our selection of exchange programs for high school students, host families and Au Pairs.

Academic Year

Academic Year

Opening your heart opens minds...host a high school exchange student for 5 or 10 months! Every year high school-aged youth from over 30 countries around the world participate in CHI's high school foreign exchange program.

Au Pair

Au Pair

As one of the leading Au Pair Agencies, CHI Au Pair USA values customer service and one-on-one attention to our families. We provide a diverse selection of highly screened applicants from around the world who all share a love for children.

Group Homestay

Group Homestay

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.

Private High School

The Private High School Program (PHSP) provides opportunities for students from around the world to attend elite private high schools and live with caring American host families as an excellent way to learn about North America and improve their English skills.

Travel Abroad Programs

CHI offers incredible and affordable travel abroad opportunities you will fall in love with, regardless of your age.

Au Pair Abroad

Au Pair Abroad

The best way to learn about another country is to experience it! Spend three, five or ten months attending high school in another country. Let us find a host family for you! Live as a member of a family and become an active participant in the school and community of your choice.

High School Abroad

High School Abroad

The best way to learn about another country is to experience it! Spend three, five or ten months attending high school in another country. Let us find a host family for you! Live as a member of a family and become an active participant in the school and community of your choice.

World Explorers

World Explorers

Experience the excitement of living in another country with a host family by signing up for our World Explorers program. As a World Explorer you can go almost anywhere and stay with a host family for 1, 2 or 3 months.

Work Experience Programs

Amazing opportunities for university students, young professionals and American businesses. CHI’s work experience programs range from 1 to 18 months.

Short Term Enrichment

Short Term Enrichment

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.

Work & Travel

Work & Travel

CHI Work and Travel program offers overseas university students the opportunity to intimately experience work, life and culture in the U.S. during their summer holiday period. Overseas participants are sponsored by CHI, enabling them to legally work in the U.S. up to four months.

Group Homestay

Internship & Training

CHI's Internship/Training Programs are a practical "on-the-job" training in an American business for overseas university students and young professionals. The program bridges the participant's course of study to their career development objectives.

Camp Leaders

CAMP Leaders

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.

Have fun, join a life-changing cultural exchange program

We will gladly help you find an exchange opportunity that is right for you

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more about chi

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!

1,000,000+

Americans Involved

300,000+

Students brought to the U.S.

150,000+

Host Families

7,000+

Host Businesses

4,000+

High Schools

500+

Overseas Partners

145+

Employees across the U.S.

136+

Participating Countries

8

U.S. J-1 Programs

Group Homestay

Founders

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."

Meet the CHI Family

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.

Jobs at CHI

Are you willing to learn new skills? Are you adept to problem solving? Then, be part of the change! Embrace CHI's mission and vision, and become the newest world peace and prosperity steward. Browse our open list of current openings to find the position that is right for you!

CHI accreditations

NEWSROOM

CHI values connectivity and collaboration. Check what is happening in the cultural exchange world.

Exchange Student Gives Summer Camp Kids Some Wheels Spotlight

Spotlight

Exchange Student Gives Summer Camp Kids Some Wheels

Ready to Learn About Another Culture? Academic Year Program

Academic Year Program

Ready to Learn About Another Culture?

Au Pair Abroad in Germany Living Like a Queen!

Au Pair Abroad in Germany Living Like a Queen!

Exchange Student Gives Summer Camp Kids Some Wheels Camp Leaders

Camp Leaders

Exchange Student Gives Summer Camp Kids Some Wheels

Male Au Pair Reflects on Completed Program CHI Au Pair USA

CHI Au Pair USA

Male Au Pair Reflects on Completed Program

Group Homestay Creates Lifelong Friendships Group Homestay

Group Homestay

Group Homestay Creates Lifelong Friendships

Study Abroad in Spain with CHI High School Abroad

High School Abroad

Study Abroad in Spain with CHI

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Internship & Training

Florida Restaurants Welcome Hospitality Interns

Exchange Student Graduates from Catholic High School Private High School

Private High School

Exchange Student Graduates from Catholic High School

Chinese Volunteers at USS Midway, a Win-Win For All Concerned Short Term Encrichment

Short Term Encrichment

Chinese Volunteers at USS Midway, a Win-Win For All Concerned

Celebrating J-1 Participants in Maine Work and Travel

Work and Travel

Celebrating J-1 Participants in Maine

Video Testimonial from World Explorers in Argentina World Explorers

World Explorers

Video Testimonial from World Explorers in Argentina