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April 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Cultural Homestay International (CHI) program needs help finding homes for students from China for a two-week exchange program this summer or a longer 10-month program during the academic school year starting this fall.  For over 30 years, high school age students from many countries have participated in these high school foreign exchange programs, staying with local host families and attending local schools.

For the summer program, the students will come to the U.S. on July 23rd and will stay until August 8th. They will be attending classes from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the weekdays and will spend the weekend with their host family. The host family will provide a place to sleep and meals for the student, it will also be responsible for transporting them to and from classes (the drop-off location is the meeting room at the Parkway Bowl).

Students participating in the 10 month program will be attending a high school local to their host family. The host family will be providing a bed, meals, and a loving home; the students will buy anything else they might need with their own funds.

All host families will have to go through an in-home interview and a reference check. For the 10 month academic year program, a background check will be required. Please note that you can receive a small tax deduction available for hosting an exchange student.

You can find more information about CHI and the opportunities to become a host family at With any questions, or if you are interested in hosting a foreign exchange student, please contact Amanda Renfrow at (619) 677-4008 or

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