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CHI Life

Tips and Tricks for Your Next Hiking Adventure – Updated

Hiking is a fun and affordable activity that is good for the body and mind.  Go with friends, explore and see something new.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert, here are some tips and tricks to help you on your next hike.

Au Pair

7 Reasons Your Family Needs an Au Pair NOW (#5 will surprise you)!

Discover the benefits of Au Pair childcare. Stay-at-home orders might be lifted but many parents can’t work without childcare. The shortage of childcare options is magnified by more limited spots in daycare venues and ambiguities over whether schools will open (or not) in the fall. Add to that the hundreds of summer camps canceled and the stress level for you as parents continues to rise.

Educational Programs

Class of 2020 Honorary Graduates!

Congratulations to our 2020 high school exchange students who were recently included in their school graduations as honorary grads!

Educational Programs

Meet Nico from France

While this pandemic has been difficult for each of us personally, it is a global crisis that has greatly impacted exchange students from around the world. Imagine experiencing a global pandemic in another country away from your family and friends? Luckily, we have amazing host families that kept them safe and took care of them as their own children.


Cards for COVID-19 Patients

CHI decided to bring a little joy to COVID-19 patients in a northern New Jersey hospital. Since COVID-19 patients are often not allowed to see friends or family, we wanted to give them some encouragement by sending get-well cards.

Educational Programs

American Graduation During Quarantine

High school exchange student Mona, from France, should have been ending her time in the US making quintessential high school memories at graduation. But with traditional events cancelled this year, schools all over the country are working hard to find fun new ways to honor their graduates.

CHI Life

5 Tips on How to ‘Get Out There’ Safely

We are relieved to see the progress in the fight against COVID-19. With early signs that the infection curve has improved in many places, cities are gradually starting to open back up. Summer is right around the corner and we are ready for it!

Travel Abroad

One World Explorer Remains in Russia during the Quarantine

Gideon Foley joined CHI’s World Explorers program to be a Teacher’s Assistant in Russia this past February. He was supposed to return in April, but his flight was cancelled due to a travel ban brought on by COVID-19.

Gideon is still not sure when he will be able to return home to Canada, but he is making the most of it by spending quality time with his hosts and teaching English online.

CHI Life

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

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

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