Have you always dreamed of living in another country? We thought so.

What if you could live as a member of a local host family and have your very own room free of charge? What if, on top of that, you’d receive 3-meals-per-day with your hosts? And most importantly, what if all of this actually cost you less than staying home?

We can make your dream become a reality when you travel with the English Conversation Volunteers Abroad program (ECVA).

Program information

As an English Conversation Volunteer (ECV) you can go almost anywhere and stay with a host family for 1, 2 or 3 months. The ECVA program allows everyone, even budget travelers, to experience the excitement of living abroad.

In exchange for a private room and full board, you just have to share your native language with your hosts for 15 hours per week. No prior teaching experience is necessary! These casual English conversation lessons usually run 5 days a week, 3 hours a day. CHI provides you with tutoring materials, but most of our hosts that are learning English as a second language (ESL) simply want to practice speaking English with a native speaker. It’s that fun and easy!

We work with trusted overseas partners in over 20 countries to place our travelers in the best homestays possible. Both organizations work on your behalf to provide you and your host family with a rewarding experience. This includes a diligent application process, interviews and orientations to ensure that you and your host family enjoy a safe and exciting cultural experience while matching your specific needs. In addition, both organizations provide you with the staff, here and abroad, to support you for the entire length of your stay. All of these perks are offered for a nominal fee, necessary to keep us, a non-profit organization, in business.

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Your free time is yours, explore as you wish

Have you always wanted the chance to visit top tourist destinations like the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and the Roman Colosseum? You’ll have plenty of time to explore the local culture and see the sites of your ECVA destination when you aren’t teaching English to your host family. Take a look at this breakdown:

1 week = 168 hours

1 week of practicing English with your host family = 15 hours

Total free hours = 153 hours

Sleep time [ 7 hrs/night] = 49 hours

Real FREE hours = 104 hours/week (or 15 hours/day)

When you look at it this way, you can see there is no shortage of free time. That’s why it is essential for our ECVs to be independent and be able to explore on their own. Whether you prefer to visit museums, sign up for language or cooking classes, or simply lounge on the beach, the outcome of your ECVA program is ultimately up to you. Our overseas partners are always happy to recommend different activities for you to fill your days when you are not tutoring English. Some additional volunteer options include helping out in a local school, helping out at our partner’s office and leading an English conversation group for university students.

The roadmap

Thank you for taking the time to read the ECVA program description. Want to know more?

Follow this “roadmap” below to see how to navigate our site in order to get the answers you are looking for.

Benefits: Discover why the ECVA program is right for you

Getting Ready is Easy: Find out how to apply and how the placement process works.

Program Costs: Get an overview of our costs broken down by country and duration of program.

Cost Comparison: See how much you can save traveling with ECVA.

Promotions: Check out our special offers and current contests.

Where to Go: We offer over 20 destinations around the globe. Where will ECVA take you?

Immediate Openings: Ready to travel now? See where we have families waiting to host you.

Top Picks: Check out our most popular destinations.

Testimonials: Find out what past participants have to say about their ECVA experiences.

FAQ: Read our frequently asked questions about the program.

Contact Us: Have further questions? An ECVA representative is happy to speak with you to answer your specific needs.