The Highlights

Have fun while joining a life-changing experience.

Travel on a budget, most times spending less money than staying at a hostel or hotel, and possibly spending less money than staying at home.

Live in the country of your dreams for up to three months.

Stay with a caring host family, who will host you as a family member.

Indulge in the local cuisine, eating three free meals daily with the host family.

Repeat all of that in different countries.

We can make your dream become a reality when you travel with CHI’s World Explorers!

The World Explorers Program

World Explorer Program

As a World Explorer, you can go to over 20 countries and stay with a host family for one, two or three months. The World Explorers program allows everyone, even budget travelers, to experience the excitement of living abroad. We can even help you design a unique Gap Year experience by combining multiple programs in different destinations for up to 12 months of travel.

In exchange for a clean and comfortable room and full board, all you have to do is share your native language with your hosts for 15 hours per week. The goal for your family is to practice their conversational English. This is not about teaching them reading, writing and grammar. To them, this program is about engaging in conversation and feeling comfortable communicating in English with you. No prior teaching experience is necessary!

These casual English conversation lessons usually run five days a week, three 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. We encourage our tutors to think outside of the box when teaching English to their host families. Go for a walk in the park, take a trip to the local market, watch a Hollywood movie or even listen to American music. 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. We 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.

As a World Explorer, you have

Over 20 countries to choose from;

A host family screened by our overseas partner agency;

Three meals per day with your host family;

Conversation aids to use with the host family for teaching English abroad;

A clean and comforting room;

In-country support throughout your entire stay;

Pre-departure orientation via Skype from CHI;

Letter of recommendation and official certificate upon completion of the program to help build your resume;

Assistance in securing travel insurance, cheap flights and discount travel options (upon request;

The Host Families

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Our host families volunteer to open their homes to you and welcome you in as a member of their family.

This means they truly want to share their language and culture with you, while learning about your language and culture at the same time. Instead of paying for language courses, our host families believe that hosting a native English speaker is a better way to learn the language and make friendships that last forever. In exchange for room and board, you are required to tutor your hosts in English for 15 hours per week. We encourage you to learn the local language as well!

Possibilities are Endless, Explore as You Wish

Have you always wanted the chance to visit top tourist destinations like the Roman Colosseum in Italy, the Champs Elysees in France, or La Ramblas in Spain? You’ll have plenty of time to explore the local culture and see the sites of your World Explorers destination when you aren't teaching English to your host family. Take a look at this breakdown:

Free hours per week

As a World Explorer, you can see there is no shortage of free time. That’s why it is essential for you to be independent enough to be able to explore on your own. Whether you prefer to visit museums, sign up for language or cooking classes, or simply lounge on the beach, the outcome of your World Explorers 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. Past travelers have had the opportunity to help out in a local school, lend a hand in our partner’s office and even lead an English conversation group for university students. We urge you to explore new places, exchange your language and culture and experience life abroad as a local. We want you to have fun!