A Message from Tom and Lilka Areton CHI Co-founders about COVID-19

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Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a worldwide student exchange organization, is approaching its 40th anniversary this year. Over the past four decades CHI has been building bridges of friendship and understanding among the people of 131 countries, involving more than a million and a half people.

All of us at CHI have remained committed to our core mission, – to inspire young people to become better citizens of their countries, more involved in the economic, social and political life. These students will become the future leaders of the world. By living with American host families and interacting with our schools and communities they grow to love and admire the United States. We also send Americans to 22 countries overseas, where they stay with local host families. This reciprocal cultural program has been particularly rewarding.

Today, as we battle the Coronavirus and the effects of shuttered economies, we at CHI remain optimistic about the future. The world’s desire for peace, friendship and cooperation will continue to support our efforts.

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