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CCI Host Families

Short-Term Hosting Opportunities

“We learned a lot about the Spanish culture and our student’s English greatly improved. We really enjoyed having him and feel we have made a lifelong friend in Spain!” Cassandra, a host mom for a summer group program student from Spain

CCI’s Short-Term Programs

Each year hundreds of participants come on CCI’s short-term exchange programs, from 2 to 8 weeks. Hosting a short-term participant is a great way to get a taste of the host family experience. Group Homestay Program On a group program your exchange student arrives with other students who will also be hosted in your community. Generally group programs include some activities organized by a CCI Local Coordinator (LC), and may also include English classes and/or high school visits. Your LC will provide you with information specific to the group, including nationality of students, dates, and program calendar. Generally group students are 13 – 18 years old. Independent Homestay Program On CCI’s Independent Homestay Program (IHP) your exchange participant arrives by him or herself. There are no organized activities on this program; the participant simply joins your family in everyday activities and does personal sightseeing. Some IHPs choose to participate in a volunteer project (part of CCI’s environmental and humanitarian initiative called Greenheart). Participants on this program are ages 15 – adult. Ready for More? Consider hosting a high school student for 5 or 10 months on CCI’s Academic Year Program. Check out CCI’s website for more information:

“During my stay, I really liked the camping during the 4th of July weekend, the swimming pool and the fireworks! I also liked meeting my host brother’s friends and bowling with the family!” Lucas, an Independent Homestay Program participant from France

CCI: The Greenheart of Cultural Exchange Established in 1985, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) is a non-profit international education exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. Greenheart is CCI’s environmental and social initiative. CCI is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor for the Secondary School, Intern and Trainee, and Summer Work/Travel programs. CCI is currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). We are also a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSTC), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, WYSE: Work Abroad Association, and The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

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Short-term Programs Host Family Trifold  
Short-term Programs Host Family Trifold  

Information about the Center for Cultural Interchange's short-term host family information brochure.