Cultural Homestay International
Cultural Homestay International

Opening doors to the world since 1980

CHI is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 by Tom and Lilka Areton 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. CHI aspires to share the benefits of cultural interchange with the many nations of the earth in the deeply held conviction that such exchanges ultimately contribute to a more prosperous and peaceful world.


Featured Programs

About CHI

33
Years in Business
300000+
Students brought to the USA
145
Employees across the country
35
Offices
103
Countries represented
100+
Partners Overseas
7
Different J-1 Programs
7000+
Host Businesses
250000+
Host families

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Founders

Tom and Lilka Areton

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."

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Our People

CHI Staff

CHI is managed by multi-talented and versatile directors and managers. They dictate the tone by which all CHI’s passionate and caring employees conduct the business. CHI’s headquarters is located in San Anselmo, in the beautiful Marin County. The rest of CHI’s family is spread all over the U.S., where our brilliant employees work from their home offices.

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Jobs at CHI

CHI Summer Jobs

CHI is continually looking to expand its business in America. Please visit our Jobs section if you sympathize with our mission, vision, values, and goals. We are constantly seeking for regional and local coordinators, account developers, and program administrators. Check our Jobs section for further information or contact one of our managers/directors directly.

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Overseas Programs

ECVA

We have immediate openings at these countries:

  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mongolia
  • Spain
  • Russia

You can apply to go the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Ecuador
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Peru
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

High School Abroad

High School Abroad

The CHI High School Abroad Program provides opportunities for students from around the world to attend elite private high schools and live with caring American host families. Our specially selected schools are available across the United States and offer a broad variety of sizes, geographical locations, specialty and elective courses, extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports.

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  • About CHI

    Years in business
    Students brought to the USA
    Employees across the country

    About CHI

    Years in business
    Students brought to the USA
    Employees across the country
    Offices in the Country
    Countries participated in our programs
    Partners overseas
    Different J-1 programs
    Host businesses
    Host Families
  • Join the CHI family

    CHI is justly famous for its caring, professional staff as well as its hands-on management style.

    Become part of the CHI family

    Founders

    Tom and Lilka Areton 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.”

    Read More

    Our People

    CHI Staff CHI is managed by multi-talented and versatile directors and managers. They dictate the tone by which all CHI’s passionate and caring employees conduct the business. CHI’s headquarters is located in San Anselmo, in the beautiful Marin County. The rest of CHI’s family is spread all over the U.S., where our brilliant employees work from their home offices.

    Read More

    Jobs

    CHI Summer Jobs CHI is continually looking to expand its business in America. Please visit our Jobs section if you sympathize with our mission, vision, values, and goals. We are constantly seeking for regional and local coordinators, account developers, and program administrators. Check our Jobs section for further information or contact one of our managers/directors directly.

    Read More
  • Overseas Programs

    Travel and explore the world! The best way to learn about another culture is to experience it.

    Overseas Programs

    ECVA

    We have immediate openings at these countries:

    • China
    • Colombia
    • France
    • Kazakhstan
    • Mongolia
    • Spain
    • Russia

    Read More

    You can apply to go the following countries:

    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Croatia
    • Ecuador
    • Israel
    • Kazakhstan
    • Mongolia
    • Namibia
    • Peru
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Thailand
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • Uzbekistan

    High School Abroad

    High School Abroad Spend three, five or ten months attending high school in another country. There is a host family waiting just for you! Live as a member of a family and become an active participant in the school and community.

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