As a World Explorer, you can go to over 20 countries and stay with a host family for one, two or three months. The World Explorers program allows everyone, even budget travelers, to experience the excitement of living abroad. We can even help you design a unique Gap Year experience by combining multiple programs in different destinations for up to 12 months of travel.
Kerry Armburster and Donald Carroll are experiencing all that the World Explorers program has to offer. Kerry is currently spending 3-months in Shanghai, China followed by a 3-month program in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. He is getting his PhD in Linguistics and has been an English teacher in South Korea for the past nine years. He is excited about his new Asian adventures.
Donald will be starting his one-month program in Almaty, Kazakhstan next month. He will be teaching English to a family with five children! He lives in Alaska and is really excited to explore the mountains and countryside in his free time.
On our program, you will share your native language with your hosts for 15 hours a week in exchange for a clean and comfortable room! The goal for your family is to practice their conversational English. This is not about teaching them reading, writing and grammar. To them, this program is about engaging in conversation and feeling comfortable communicating in English with you. No prior teaching experience is necessary!
These casual English conversation lessons usually run five days a week, three hours a day. CHI provides you with tutoring materials, but most of our hosts that are learning English as a second language (ESL) simply want to practice speaking English with a native speaker. Every host family is unique and no two placements are the same. You will help your hosts gain confidence speaking English with you in a comfortable and familiar setting. We encourage you to think outside of the box when teaching English to your host family. Go for a walk in the park, take a trip to the local market, watch a Hollywood movie or even listen to popular music. It’s that fun and easy!
We work with trusted overseas partners in over 20 countries to place our travelers in the best homestays possible. We work on your behalf to provide you and your host family with a rewarding experience. This includes a diligent application process, interviews and orientations to ensure that you and your host family enjoy a safe and exciting cultural experience while matching your specific needs. In addition, both organizations provide you with the staff, here and abroad, to support you for the entire length of your stay. All of these perks are offered for a nominal fee, necessary to keep us, a non-profit organization, in business.