Experience the excitement of living in another country while living with a host family with our 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 – you choose.
In exchange for a private room and 3 meals per day with your host family, you are only required to tutor your hosts in English for 15 hours per week. No prior teaching experience is necessary! These casual conversation lessons usually run 5 days a week, 3 hours per day. CHI provides you with tutoring materials, but most hosts just want to practice speaking English with a native speaker. If you have 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.
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.
Learning a new language? 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 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. Homestays are offered in over 20 countries around the globe. 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.
Programs start at just $699, 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!
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