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Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 to promote international understanding and goodwill through people-to-people exchanges. The belief of CHI's founders was this: The best way to build bridges of friendship and trust among people is to experience directly each others' customs, languages and values. To live, study or work together leads to a transformational experience of acceptance and genuine affection.
To that end, Better Farm will house two college students from May through Labor Day while they work in Alexandria Bay at Bonnie Castle. The students, who are studying hospitality overseas, will be part of the more than 250,000 students and young adults from over 100 countries who have participated in CHI's program in the last 30 years.
CHI Work and Travel program offers overseas university students the opportunity to intimately experience work, life and culture in the U.S. during their summer holiday period. Overseas participants are sponsored by CHI, enabling them to legally work in the U.S. up to four months.
It offers U.S. employers the ability to acquire extra staff to cover busy seasonal positions in peak travel areas of the United States. Typical positions include ride operators, lifeguards, food & beverage, housekeeping, cashiers and many others.
Students work during seasons spring, summer and winter as part of their 4-month J1 visa. This program is administered by U.S. Department of State; CHI is a designated program sponsor.
Start working with CHI today. Becoming a member of the CHI community is simple and easy. Follow the links on the left menu for more information on how to become a host business, partner or participant of the Work and Travel Cultural Exchange program.
CHI is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 visa sponsor, and is a proud member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), World Youth Student Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE Travel Confederation), WYSE Work Abroad, International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and The Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange.