Experience the excitement of living in another country while living with a host family with Cultural Homestay International’s English Conversation Volunteers Abroad (ECVA) program. As an English Conversation Volunteer (ECV) you can go almost anywhere and stay with a host family for 1, 2 or 3 months as you choose.
In exchange for a private room and full board, you are only required to tutor your hosts in English 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!
If you’ve ever thought about teaching English abroad, the ECVA program is the perfect way to gain valuable teaching skills that may prepare you for a future career. Some U.S. colleges and universities even allow credits for the number of hours you tutor English abroad.
Placement with a host family screened by our overseas partner agency;
A private room and 3-meals-per-day with your host family;
Pre-departure orientation from CHI and in-country support while abroad;
Tutoring materials from CHI.
As a volunteer English tutor, you have plenty of time to explore the local culture and see the sights of your host country. Our overseas partners are always happy to recommend different activities you can participate in to fill your days when you are not tutoring English. You may be able to volunteer at a local school, take cooking classes, tutor English privately on the side or simply be a tourist and visit museums or go to the beach.
Be over 18-years-of-age;
Be a native English speaker;
Be a high school graduate (some college preferred);
Be flexible and adaptable to the local culture;
Be excited about traveling.
Foreign language students are ideal candidates for the ECVA program. Language immersion programs are by far the best way to become fluent in another language. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you pick up new vocabulary and confidence in your speaking skills when living abroad. While you are not required to speak the local language, it can be helpful. Language courses can be arranged through our partner agency if desired.
ECVA runs year-round, and is very popular during the summer months. We ask that you apply at least 3 months in advance in order to arrange your placement in time.
Homestays are offered in over 20 countries around the globe where English language learners are eager to meet you. Click on Where To Go to see the current list of available locations. ECV’s are needed immediately in a few countries, and you can view those opportunities by clicking on Immediate Openings.
Program fees for the ECVA program range from US $699-$1999, so what are you waiting for? That’s cheaper than staying home!
If you are ready for an adventure of a lifetime, register and complete the online ECVA application at ecva.chinet.org today!