World Explorers runs year-round, and is very popular during the summer months. We ask that you apply at least three months in advance in order to arrange your ideal placement with a host family. We recommend that you apply even earlier to secure your placement for summer programs. Last minute placements may be possible in countries where we have immediate openings. Our program workflow is below. You are welcome to contact a World Explorers customer care specialist at any time!
Share your travel plans and interests to help us locate your ideal host family
Interview with a World Explorers customer care specialist
Pay your $399 commitment fee*
*This fee is 100% refundable if we cannot place you in time
Otherwise, this deposit goes toward your final program fee
We work with our overseas partners to choose your ideal host family
Contact the host family and set up a virtual meet-and-greet
Once you successfully communicate with your host family, we will make your placement official
You will receive travel tips and tutoring materials to review
You purchase flight tickets and travel insurance
Pay the balance of your program fee at least two weeks before your departure
CHI offers an orientation session to prepare you for your trip
Your life-changing experience begins!
We and our overseas partner support you for your entire stay
Share your experience with us.
Become a World Explorer again and receive discounts and contest opportunities
The online application process for the World Explorers program is easy to use. Make sure you follow these simple steps to ensure your acceptance to the program.
In order to find the right host family for you, it is important that you share as much information about yourself as possible. Imagine things from their perspective. If you were looking to invite someone into your own home, what would you like to know about them? Try to present a well-rounded image of yourself so that they can get to know the real you!
Once your family agrees to your program dates and lets us know they can pick you up at the airport, you can go ahead and purchase your plane tickets. We can also help you get affordable travel insurance that provides medical coverage abroad. You will be given tutoring materials and complete a 40-minute pre-departure orientation via Skype before you depart.
Want a travel buddy? Apply to the World Explorers program with one or more friends and everyone who is accepted (including you) will receive $100 off their total program fee. We will do our best to place you and your buddy in the same town so that you can do things together in your free time. Please note that this does not mean you will live with the same host family, nor will you be able to spend every moment of your time abroad together. You still have to tutor your host family, but you are welcome to hang out with your buddy when your schedules allow for it.