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Princess Stroll

Hosting an exchange student means gaining a new family member for life.  And nobody knows that better than the kids who get a new big brother or sister that they can look up to. This timeless moment comes to us

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Seeing the World Through Hosting

For the past six years Sandra Santagata, her husband John, and their two children have hosted exchange students through CHI. The family continues to host because they truly love the experience.  “We as a family have learned and grown so

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Creating Family Bonds Through Hosting

When you host an exchange student, you gain a new family member. No one knows this better than six-year-old Brayden Daugherty. When Brayden was recently assigned a school project to make a family tree he said, “Mom, make sure you

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A CALL TO ACTION! There is a strong effort to increase the tax deduction in California for hosting a high school exchange student from $50 to $500.  California State Assembly Bill [AB] 153 would increase this deduction for hosting J-1 students and extend that

Educational Programs

20 Year Friendship Between Schools in Japan and the U.S.

For over 20 years, Japan’s Matsudo Kokusai High School and California’s Del Oro High School have been sister schools.  Each year about 20 Japanese exchange students travel to Del Oro’s hometown of Loomis, CA, and spend three weeks living with

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Making American Friends Through Group Homestay

On March 27th, an excited group of Japanese exchange students met their American host families for the first time. The group arrived in Arlington, WA as part of CHI’s Group Homestay Program. While they were tired from a long flight,

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Is San Francisco on Your Travel List?

These lucky high school exchange students from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Belgium and Germany spent a fun-filled weekend in the City by the Bay with their local CHI coordinator.   After visiting the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, they went shopping in

Educational Programs

What it’s Really Like to Host an Exchange Student

“Our homestay was filled with sharing thoughts, language, food preparations and fun times. We learned from each other and the growth in the girls was noticeable by the end of the month. They became more confident with their English communication

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Japanese Exchange Students Marry 11 Years After Meeting

At CHI, we love connecting people.  It’s why we do what we do. Sometimes the most lasting connections start slow, like Yoehi and Mikoto.  Strangers when they signed up for CHI’s Academic Year Program as teenagers back in 2007, Yohei and

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