• CHI Group Homestay Program students from Okinawa, Japan had a great time exploring Washington state this summer.  One of the highlights of their stay was when the group had the unique opportunity to visit with members of the Squaxin Island Tribe, a Native American community, on their land in the South Puget Sound area, near Olympia. The students were […]

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  • Groups of students from China are coming to the USA for 2-3 week homestay programs this summer, and need host families! Open your homes and your hearts to these fantastic young people. Participating in these short programs is a great way to try out hosting, and introduce your family to another culture. Students will be […]

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  • Enrich your lives by hosting an exchange student this summer!  The founding heart and soul of CHI, our Group Homestay Program brings together international students with American host families in their home during a 2-4 week period.   Groups arriving in California, Oregon and Washington State! Find a group near you! http://chinet.org/group-homestay/arriving-groups/   You might also like: […]

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  • Group Homestay was CHI’s very first program. It all started with a group of Japanese exchange students back in 1980. Since then, CHI has grown and evolved but our Group Homestay students are still near and dear to our heart. Each summer groups from Japan, China, Taiwan and a handful of other countries come to […]

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  • CHI’s Group Homestay Program is off and running for summer 2014. We have students coming from China, Japan and some European countries. They attend English conversation classes right in your community and host families are needed. Open your homes and your hearts to one of these terrific young teens and gain a friend for life. […]

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  • CHI Group Homestay Program students from Miyazaki, Japan are having a wonderful time visiting Olympia, WA.  In addition to seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms currently in bloom, the group spent time shadowing American teenagers, volunteering in the community and visiting the State Capitol.  They also toured a local elementary school, visited a cider mill and […]

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  • This is Michael from Taiwan, who was a CHI exchange student back in 2001.  Michael was part of CHI’s Group Homestay Program and stayed with Lori Moreke, who was brand new to CHI and was teaching her first group.  Eventually, Lori went on to become an Academic Coordinator and an Assistant Area Administrator with CHI. […]

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  • CHI is thrilled for the second year in a row to welcome Japanese Group Homestay students from the Tomodachi/Coca-Cola program.  Tomodachi and Coca-Cola have partnered to arrange a homestay program for Japanese high school students from the areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The program was conceived with the idea of helping young students who might have […]

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  • Group Homestay students from Japan recently took some time to visit firefighters at the Yuba City (CA) Fire Station.  The students enjoyed meeting local firefighters and getting to see a fire truck in person. A big thank you to the crew of the Yuba City Fire Station for spending some time with our exchange students! […]

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  • Learn about another culture by hosting an international exchange student for 2-4 weeks this summer! View our arriving groups in California, Oregon and Washington! Interested in hosting a high school exchange student for 5 or 10 months?  Visit our Academic Year Program regions page to find a CHI Academic Program Administrator near you! You might also like: Group Homestay Students Affected by Japan Tsunami […]

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  • Recently Japanese Group Homestay students spent a week visiting Ridgecrest, California.  The group spent the majority of their time visiting the students from James Monroe Junior High School.  They had a wonderful time sharing their culture and getting to know one another. Upon their arrival at LAX They even made it into their local newspaper! […]

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  • A number of CHI host families in Santa Maria, CA took part in welcoming a group of Japanese exchange students this holiday season.  The high school students, traveling with CHI partner organization MNCC, visited from December 22nd through January 5th.  During their time in the United States, they experienced first hand what the holidays are like in America, and […]

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  • Salem, Oregon’s local public access television station, Capital Community Television (CCTV), recently featured a segment highlighting the experience of a number of CHI Group Homestay students.  Please enjoy the fun video! [youtube=http://youtu.be/uvXAg_A_O9E] You might also like: Group Homestay Students Enjoy Spring in Washington Spotlight Program: Group Homestay (GHP) Enrich Your Summer by Hosting an Exchange […]

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  • From Jenny Fouts, CHI Administrator from the State of Washington: “As we were putting some MNCC IEP (Intensive English Program) students through security at SeaTac airport, there were Tom and Lilka returning from their Alaska trip/conference.  Boy were they surprised – and our IEP students were so impressed that I arranged for them to meet […]

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  • Below is a letter from first time host father Brad after saying goodbye to his family’s short-term exchange student. Wow, what a decision to take in a Japanese student. We were just out enjoying Kent Cornucopia Day and for some reason we stopped at your booth and signed up. My wife and I walked away […]

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  • This summer CHI Group Homestay Students from Okinawa, Japan spent the day volunteering at the Pickering Garden in Issaquah, WA. The Pickering Garden is owned by the city of Issaquah and all of the food grown in the garden goes directly to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.  Last year the garden produced more than 1,300 […]

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  • This past summer, TOMODACHI and Coca-Cola partnered to arrange a three-week homestay program in the USA for Japanese high school students from the areas affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.  The program was conceived with the idea of helping young students who might have otherwise missed out on these kinds of opportunities due to circumstances beyond their control get the support they needed to […]

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  • At the end of July, CHI co-founders Tom and Lilka Areton visited Sacramento, CA to take part in a special celebration.  This year is the 30th anniversary of Keiwa High School’s participation in CHI’s Group Homestay program.  Keiwa students have traveled to Academic Program Administrator Cathy Johnson’s territory in the Sacramento area every year since 1982.  This makes Keiwa by far CHI’s longest tenured Group […]

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  • Earlier this summer, CHI welcomed twenty-five Japanese exchange students to Los Banos, CA for a one-month stay. The group visited with local children and spent some time sharing their Japanese culture and teaching the children origami.  The group also traveled around the state, visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Old Town Sacramento and San Francisco’s Pier 39. To top it off, the group was featured in Los Banos’ […]

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  • CHI’s Group Homestay program was recently featured in the North County Times. CHI Teacher Coordinator Sandy Williams took some time to talk about the group of Chinese students that will be visiting the Escondido area this summer. Check out the full article below.  Thanks Sandy, for all your hard work, thanks to the North County Times for helping to get the word out […]

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