• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 has been helping a group of 9-14 year olds from Japan spend some time in Port Orchard, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, through the CHI Group Homestay Program. The students were recently featured in a story in the local newspaper, the Port Orchard Independent. The students are from Yellow Hippo English Language School, in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo.  They got the […]

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