The Group Homestay Program

Building bridges between cultures, one family and one student at a time – that’s the heart of CHI’s Group Homestay Program. Since 1980, we’ve been bringing American families together with students from around the world to share exciting, memorable experiences for one to four weeks.

Our Group Homestay students, hailing from countries throughout Asia and Europe, come here to learn about life in the United States, practice their English skills, and share their cultures with their host families.

Daily programs run by our Teacher Coordinators focus on culturally enriching, fun-filled activities and English conversation classes. In the evenings and on weekends, local host families teach their students about their unique American family lives, introducing them to their friends, extended families and communities. It all comes together as a life enhancing experience for everyone involved.

Testimonials

  • I have hosted students through CHI since 1988. I was hesitant at first, but as most families that have tried it, I discovered the benefits have far outweighed the inconveniences. Most of the students have been Japanese and at this point there have been over 20 staying with our family. On the most part they have all been respectful, considerate, and appreciative. I wasn't expecting how emotionally attached you can become in such a short amount of time. Ten years ago I was able to travel to Japan and met up with about 8 of my 'girls' during a 2 week time. I stayed with two of their families. It was an experience of a lifetime. About a year ago my oldest son married a girl who was here in CA visiting from Japan. I wondered if maybe a seed had been planted through his years with our CHI students. I highly recommend the experience to other families.

    Diane Camacho, from CA
  • Our family started hosting in 2001 and has LOVED the experience! Though we felt a bit apprehensive the first time, our fears were instantly allayed the moment we met our first dear girl from Japan! Since that time we have hosted with CHI for different lengths of time, from a four day program to the whole academic year! CHI staff has always been there to help us each step of the way! We are so thankful for the many ways hosting exchange students has impacted our lives!

    Jim and Daisy Philipp, from CA
  • Our family has hosted students every year for about the past 10 years. We've enjoyed the experience thoroughly. It's become a family tradition to host a short-term student every summer and in the month of December. Everyone in our family looks forward to hosting and it's a highlight every year for us. In addition to hosting every year, I have now been a Teacher Coordinator for two years. It's even more fun to spend time with the students in the classroom getting to know all of them and building relationships with the accompanying teachers/chaperons. I also love learning about other cultures. Being involved with CHI is helping to fulfill my desire to travel (until I can spend the time and resources to do the real thing) by bringing the world to me.

    Michelle Williams, from CA
  • Our family began hosting students from all over the world when our oldest daughter, now 29, was in the 6th grade. For us, it was a way to bring the world to our kids when money to travel was scarce. These unique and colorful cultures came to life in a very personal and meaningful way for our daughters. As the girls grew up, they embraced differences in a positive way, and a passion to travel and experience how others live grew within them. As teens and adults they have studied, traveled, served, and worked in various countries, visiting many of our students along the way. The bonds we have made with our students are strong, for they have had much impact in molding our daughters’ attitudes and hearts towards others.

    Randy and Sary-Jo, from WA

Why Become a Host Family

You may not think your life could change in just a few weeks, but with Group Homestay it can. The program lets you experience what it is like to open your home, share your culture and create a bond that will last a lifetime. From the moment your participant arrives, you’ll be able to feel the world getting just a little smaller.

You’ll have conversations about how your home works, the types of food you eat and what activities you enjoy. You’ll share your culture, and your student will share theirs. You’ll find more similarities than you think. In a small amount of time, your student will have a large impact on your life and your world view, and your connection can last a lifetime.

Families who host a Group Homestay Program participant gain new family members and build long-lasting friendships. Are you ready to learn more about hosting for one to four weeks?

Contact a CHI associate

The Highlights

Short homestay experience, 1 to 4 weeks

Great for first time host families

Learn a new culture

See your culture through fresh eyes

Your children will love having a new friend in their home

Join your participant on fun activities throughout the community during the day

Host Family Responsibilities

  • Provide a bed and meals
  • Get your participant to and from their daily classes (carpool with friends!)
  • Share your daily life with an amazing exchange student

Who are the Participants

  • Junior high to college age students from Asia and Europe
  • Looking to make new friends and practice their English with native speakers
  • Bring their own spending money for souvenirs and entertainment
  • Want to understand the world in a new way
  • Will leave with life-long friendships

Sample Group Itinerary

Each day participants join their Teacher Coordinator for English practice followed by exciting activities in the community. Families are encouraged to join in the fun! This is a wonderful experience for children.

DayActivity
1Participants Arrive. Students are met at the airport by their Teacher Coordinator and then meet with their host family.
2 9:00 -12:00 English class at the study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Sightseeing in the local community
6:00 - 7:30 Welcome Party
3 All Day Trip: Example – Tour of Santa Barbara
4-5 Free weekend with host family
6 9:00 -12:00 English class at the study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Holiday cultural exchange – celebrate holidays through crafts and food
7 All Day Trip: Example – Tour of Los Angeles
8 9:00 -12:00 English class at the study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Sports afternoon
9 9:00 -12:00 English class at the study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Visit a senior home
10 9:00 -12:00 English class at the study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Local university tour
11-12 Free weekend with host family
13 9:00 -12:00 English class at study center
12:00 -1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Farewell party preparation
4:00 – 6:00 Pizza party
6:45-8:30 Farewell Party
14 Participants return home

Arriving Groups

Dorothy Whitefield
Dorothy Whitefield
chidorothy@chinet.org | 877-737-0409

June 10th     Oxnard

Enjoy an international lunch! A group of business men and women arrive in Oxnard for a luncheon hosted by families. In the 2 hours spent with the family, the participants learn a lot about each other through sharing ideas over a meal. This is the 4th year CHI has arranged this cultural exchange.

June 30th – July 27th     Lompoc

High school students from Spain. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 7th – July 27th     Santa Maria

Belgium and Italian High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 7th – July 27th     Camarillo

Belgium, French, and Italian High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 7th – July 27th     San Diego - Lakewood, Santee, El Cajon

Chinese Junior High and High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 14th – July 30th     Bakersfield

Chinese High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 15th – July 31st     Atascadero

Chinese Junior High and High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 18th - August 15th     Paso Robles

Japanese High School Students. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 18th - August 15th     Oxnard

Japanese Junior High and High School Students English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 28th – August 19th     Lompoc

Japanese Junior High and High School Students English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

July 7th – July 27th     West Ventura County - Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo

Japanese Junior High and High School Students English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities

August 26th - September 14th     Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura

Japanese University Students from Atomi University. English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

Dorothy Whitefield
Dorothy Whitefield
chidorothy@chinet.org | 877-737-0409

July 29th – August 20th | Manteca

Japanese Junior High and High School Students English classes and activities are planned Monday through Friday and host families are welcome to participate in all activities.

Susan Campbell
Susan Campbell
chisusanc@chinet.org | 530-301-1046

July 6th – July 22nd     Rancho Cordova Area

Ching Hsin High school from Taiwan has been visiting Rancho Cordova off and on for the past 5 years. Classes in English in the mornings at St. John Vienney and tours in the afternoon throughout the week days.

July 18th – August 10th     Orangevale Area

Keiwa High School from Niigata, Japan has the longest history of any of our groups. Last year, they celebrated their 31st year. Classes in English in the mornings at Ottoman Elementary followed by activities in the afternoon during the week.

July 18th – August 16th     Nevada City

Intensive English Program. Students in this group are all high school age students from many parts of Japan. The focus of their visit is to improve their language skills enough so that their transition into an American High School will be a smooth one. Students in this group are in an English class Mon.- Fri.

July 22nd – August 18th     Lodi Area

This group is composed of Junior High and High School age students from Kyushu (the southernmost island in Japan.) Groups from this area in Japan have been coming to Lodi for the past 25+ years. They will have English classes in the morning in a classroom at the Bethel Open Bible Church and tours in the afternoon during the week.

July 22nd – August 18th     Yuba City Area

This group is composed of Junior High and High School age students from Kyushu (the southernmost island in Japan.) Groups from this area in Japan have been coming to Yuba City for the past 30 years. They will have English classes in the morning at the Glad Tidings Church and tours in the afternoon during the week.

July 29th – August 20th     Valley Springs

This group is composed of Junior High and High School age students from Kyushu (the southernmost island in Japan.) Groups from this area in Japan have been coming to Valley Springs for the past 30 years. They will have English classes in the morning at the Youth Center and tours in the afternoon during the week.

Kathy Lawrence
Kathy Lawrence
chikathy@chinet.org | 877-737-0409

July 16th – July 29th     Salem, Keizer

Chinese Junior High and High School Students from Chongqing, China

July 17th – August 16th     Salem, Keizer, Dallas, McMinnville

Japanese High School Students coming for an Intensive English Program

July 18th – July 31st     Salem, Keizer

Chinese Junior High and High School Students from Chongqing, China

July 18th – July 31st     Eugene

Chinese Junior High and High School Students from Chongqing, China

July 23rd – August 6th     Salem, Keizer

Japanese High School Students from Tomodachi Homestay Program

LuCinda Mountifield
LuCinda Mountifield
chilucinda@chinet.org | 866-629-2173

June 25th – July 15th     Stanwood

Chinese Students

July 7th – July 27th     Anacortes

Chinese Students

July 18th – August 7th     Oak Harbor

Chinese Students

July 23rd – August 19th     Arlington

Japanese Students

July 23rd – August 19th     Vernon

Japanese Students

Jennie Fouts
Jennie Fouts
chijennie@chinet.org | 866-629-2173

July 18th – August 15th     Olympia

Intensive English Program for high school students from southern Japan. Students will attend English Classes from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday. This program will help these teens improve their English skills, USA History knowledge and the learn the similarities and differences of teen socialization. Host a student for a few weeks and share your culture as you learn about Japanese traditions.

July 18th – August 15th     Poulsbo

Intensive English Program for high school students from southern Japan. Students will attend English Classes from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday. This program will help these teens improve their English skills, USA History knowledge and the learn the similarities and differences of teen socialization. Host a student for a few weeks and share your culture as you learn about Japanese traditions.

July 24th – August 20th     Port Orchard

Enjoy introducing these young teens to your corner of our planet. Students will be in English Classes Monday through Friday in the morning while learning and touring in the afternoons. From 9 to 4 each day we will keep them busy and often you or your teens are welcome to join us. Evenings and weekends are your time to share your lives and what a typical American family is like: playing games, having a bar-b-que, washing the car, visiting friends and family, walking on the beach or in the park, riding a horse or counting the stars! Join us for a fun few weeks! Students are typically from Okinawa, Kyushu and surrounding southern islands of Japan.

July 24th – August 20th     Centralia

Enjoy introducing these young teens to your corner of our planet. Students will be in English Classes Monday through Friday in the morning while learning and touring in the afternoons. From 9 to 4 each day we will keep them busy and often you or your teens are welcome to join us. Evenings and weekends are your time to share your lives and what a typical American family is like: playing games, having a bar-b-que, washing the car, visiting friends and family, walking on the beach or in the park, riding a horse or counting the stars! Join us for a fun few weeks! Students are typically from Okinawa, Kyushu and surrounding southern islands of Japan.

July 24th – August 20th     Roy and Yelm Areas

Enjoy introducing these young teens to your corner of our planet. Students will be in English Classes Monday through Friday in the morning while learning and touring in the afternoons. From 9 to 4 each day we will keep them busy and often you or your teens are welcome to join us. Evenings and weekends are your time to share your lives and what a typical American family is like: playing games, having a bar-b-que, washing the car, visiting friends and family, walking on the beach or in the park, riding a horse or counting the stars! Join us for a fun few weeks! Students are typically from Okinawa, Kyushu and surrounding southern islands of Japan.

Fall in love with the Group Homestay Program. Whether you are a host family considering to host or a prospective Teacher Coordinator, experience the joy of participating in group activities organized by CHI. Contact CHI to learn more about the program.

Contact a caring Area Administrator

Join the Team, Become a Teacher Coordinator

CHI Teacher Coordinators (TCs) teach conversational English and guide exchange students to increased cultural understanding when you escort your group on fun and educational field trips.

This seasonal work does not require a teaching degree, but does require a passion for sharing our American culture with young people of the world. CHI TCs work within their community to find caring, interested host families and are highly motivated to provide exciting, culturally rich opportunities to make this experience one that will be remembered forever by both our host families and students.

CHI provides full training and ongoing support throughout the program.

Position Details

  • Recruit volunteer host families for 1 to 4 week homestay programs
  • Create a fun and educational itinerary
  • Present a full orientation to host families before the students' arrival
  • Teach basic conversational English skills
  • Organize welcome and farewell parties
  • Arrange and supervise afternoon activities
  • Accompany and supervise the group on all-day field trips
  • Enjoy a unique and memorable experience