The Group Homestay Program

Building bridges between cultures, one family and one student at a time.

Since 1980, we’ve been bringing American families together with students from around the world to share exciting, memorable experiences for one to four weeks. Our Group Homestay students, hailing from countries throughout Asia and Europe, come here to learn about life in the United States, practice their English skills, and share their cultures with their host families.
Daily programs run by our Teacher Coordinators focus on culturally enriching, fun-filled activities and English conversation classes. In the evenings and on weekends, local host families teach their students about their unique American family lives, introducing them to their friends, extended families and communities.
It all comes together as a life enhancing experience for everyone involved.
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Why Become a Host Family?

You may not think your life could change in just a few weeks, but with Group Homestay it can. The program lets you experience what it is like to open your home, share your culture and create a bond that will last a lifetime. From the moment your participant arrives, you’ll be able to feel the world getting just a little smaller.

You’ll have conversations about how your home works, the types of food you eat and what activities you enjoy. You’ll share your culture, and your student will share theirs. You’ll find more similarities than you think. In a small amount of time, your student will have a large impact on your life and your world view, and your connection can last a lifetime.

The Benefits

Short homestay experience, 1 to 4 weeks.

Great for first time host families.

Learn a new culture.

See your culture through fresh eyes.

Your children will love having a new friend in their home.

Join your participant on fun activities throughout the community during the day.


Provide a bed and meals

Get your participant to and from their daily classes - carpool with friends!

Share your daily life with an amazing exchange student


Families who host Group Homestay Program participants gain new family members and build long-lasting friendships.

We are here to help!

Are you ready to learn more about hosting for one to four weeks?
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Who are the participants?

  • Junior high to college age students from Asia and Europe
  • Looking to make new friends and practice their English with native speakers
  • Bring their own spending money for souvenirs and entertainment
  • Want to understand the world in a new way
  • Will leave with life-long friendships

Sample Group Itinerary

Each day participants join their Teacher Coordinator for English practice followed by exciting activities in the community. Families are encouraged to join in the fun! This is a wonderful experience for children.
Day 1
Participants Arrive. Students are met at the airport by their Teacher Coordinator and then meet with their host family.
Day 2
9AM – 12PM
Orientation Class
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Tour of Local Area Day
6PM – 7:30PM
Participants Arrive. Students are met at the airport by their Teacher Coordinator and then meet with their host family.
Day 3
All Day Trip: Example – Tour of Santa Barbara
Days 4, 5
Free weekend with host family
Day 6
9AM – 12PM
English class at the study center
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Holiday cultural exchange – celebrate holidays through crafts and food
Day 7
All Day Trip: Example – Tour of Los Angeles
Day 8
9AM – 12PM
English class at the study center
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Sports afternoon
Day 9
9AM – 12PM
English class at the study center
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Visit a senior home
Day 10
9AM – 12PM
English class at the study center
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Local university tour
Days 11, 12
Free weekend with host family
Day 13
9AM – 12PM
English Class at the study center
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 4PM
Farewell party preparation
4PM – 6PM
Pizza party
6:45PM – 8:30PM
Farewell Party
Day 14
Participants return home

Join the Team, Become a Teacher Coordinator

CHI Teacher Coordinators (TCs) teach conversational English and guide exchange students to increased cultural understanding when you escort your group on fun and educational field trips.
This seasonal work does not require a teaching degree, but does require a passion for sharing our American culture with young people of the world. CHI TCs work within their community to find caring, interested host families and are highly motivated to provide exciting, culturally rich opportunities to make this experience one that will be remembered forever by both our host families and students.
CHI provides full training and ongoing support throughout the program.
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  • Recruit volunteer host families for 1 to 4 week homestay programs
  • Create a fun and educational itinerary
  • Present a full orientation to host families before the students' arrival
  • Teach basic conversational English skills
  • Organize welcome and farewell parties
  • Arrange and supervise afternoon activities
  • Accompany and supervise the group on all-day field trips
  • Enjoy a unique and memorable experience

Would you like to become a Teacher Coordinator?

Contact the Group Homestay Program

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