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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.


CHI Donates Face Masks to Local Community

CHI greeted neighbors and guests in front of CHI Headquarters in San Rafael, CA this past Saturday with over 300 free face masks ready to pass out to those in the community.

Money for Romania

Participants Giving Back in Romania

CHI staff recently visited Romania for a Work and Travel job fair. While there they joined with local partner agencies US Travel and CAEP Romania, as well as over 300 participants, to raise money for those in need. During two


Painting Project in Jamaica

For CHI’s 40 Acts of Kindness Around the World, our Summer Work and Travel partner embarked on a painting project in Kingston, Jamaica.


Suds of Love in Nashville

From late in the day on March 2nd into the early morning hours on March 3rd, several supercell thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes across southeast Missouri, southern Kentucky, Tennessee, and central Alabama.


Black Sea Beach Cleanup in Ukraine

CHI’s Jessica Pennewell recently visited Ukraine to meet with prospective Work and Travel participants. While there, Jessica and Ruslan, from our partner organization Youth Exchanges Center Dba BULATGROUP, arranged the next of our 40 Acts of Kindness Around the World: a Black Sea beach cleanup. Jessica shares her unforgettable experience.

Work Experience Programs

Work and Travel Brings Argentina to Iowa

Belen Vazquez and Ariadna Aranda, from Argentina, have embraced their time in the US as participants in CHI’s Work and Travel program. Upon arrival, they immediately set out to explore their host community of Des Moines, Iowa. They toured the city, visited the capitol building, and attended some local sporting events. It was a great start, but the friends still wanted to do more.


Operation Cozumel Backpack

During CHI’s Academic Year Program field training conference aboard a Caribbean cruise ship recently, the program staff, including CHI founders Tom and Lilka Areton, made a port stop in Cozumel, Mexico to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies for underserved elementary school children on the island.


Charity Run in Uzbekistan

On January 2nd, CHI sponsored a race in Tashkent, Uzbekistan called Charity Run “New Year Elves”. CHI was well represented, with 2020 Work & Travel participants, Internship and Work & Travel alumni, and our supportive local partner organization, Global Friends Tashkent, all taking part.

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