Sponsor: CHI – Cultural Homestay International


Location: San Rafael, CA 

Programs in the US: Summer Work and Travel, Camp Counselors, Internship and Training


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Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 by Tom and Lilka Areton. CHI’s Mission is to promote international understanding and goodwill through people-to-people exchanges. We believe that the best way to build bridges of friendship and trust among people is to experience directly each other’s customs, languages and values. To live, study or work together leads to a transformational experience of acceptance and genuine affection. Young people who live with Americans as a family member, participate in the local community, or train in an American business open their minds to the values of volunteering, democracy and freedom. CHI aspires to share the benefits of cultural interchange with the many nations around the world in the deeply held conviction that such exchanges ultimately contribute to a more prosperous and peaceful world.

For close to 40 years, more than 300,000 students and young adults from over 130 countries have come to our shores to participate in CHI’s educational and cultural programs, including Academic Year High School exchange, short-term Group Homestay, Au Pair child-care, Internship training, Work & Travel, and Camp Counselor experience. For American students seeking cultural experiences abroad, CHI organizes high school study, language teaching adventures, and work programs in various countries around the globe.

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