• For 15 plus years now Toyama University of International Studies, from Japan, has been participating in CHI’s Group Homestay Program. This summer the group visited Washington State and took an amazing day trip to the beautiful Mt. Rainer National Park.  See some of the stunning pictures below as well as photos from their goodbye (sayonara) party. […]

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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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  • CHI Academic Year Program participant Franziska, from Germany, created this great video about her six-month stay in Puyallup, WA.  Franzi shares wonderful memories of all that she was able to experience for the first time.  Please take a moment to watch her video. Watch: Franzi’s Exchange Video You might also like: Exchange Students have an Exciting Welcome […]

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  • Academic Year Program student Melisa Ersan was recently nominated for Student of the Month at Avanti High School located in Olympia, WA.  Melisa, from Turkey, was thrilled to receive such an honor after only being in the US for a few short months. Avanti High School’s principal Michael Velasquez wrote the letter below letting Melisa’s know of […]

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  • CHI Academic Year Program student Henning, from Germany, shares this great video where he introduces Washington state as well as South Kitsap High School, located in Port Orchard, WA.  Henning is joined by other exchange students who attended South Kitsap High last year including fellow CHI participants Dung Quoc, from Vietnam, Beatrice, from Italy, and Tulga, […]

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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 Enjoy Spring in Washington […]

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  • CHI Academic Year Program students Florence from Australia and Marta from Spain recently took a short trip to the city of Forks, WA with their host moms and sisters.  The group traveled to Forks to see where the Twilight books and movies take place. A fun time was had by all! You might also like: Academic […]

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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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  • Seventeen year old Alan Pavec recently arrived in Olympia, Washington where he will attend high school for the year.  A local news source in Belgium shared a feature on Alan before his departure.  Here is a translated quote from the article that was published. “It is a project that I have chosen, that I look forward to: […]

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  • CHI’s host families are a diverse group, but one thing they have in common is a genuine desire to broaden their horizons and share their culture with people from around the world.  Derik Nelson comes from one of these families. Derik grew up in Olympia, the capital city of Washington, about an hour south of the […]

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  • Group Homestay participants from Chongqing China are currently having a wonderful time exploring the great state of Washington!         You might also like: Group Homestay Students Enjoy Spring in Washington Spotlight Program: Group Homestay (GHP) Enrich Your Summer by Hosting an Exchange Student Host Families Needed for CHI’s Group Homestay Program!

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