Specializes in homestays in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China. Full-service homestays start at $100 per night for a private single room, home-cooked breakfast and dinner, 4 hours per day of guiding.
Offers homestays worldwide and tends to attract a younger crowd. This organization has over 200,000 members in more than 200 countries, and 84 percent of them speak English, offering copious opportunities for connecting with other families
Each program in 27 countries around the globe immerses participants in the daily life of another culture. For three to five weeks, Experimenters focus on themes such as community service, language study, ecology, travel, or the arts, as they enjoy life with their host families and participate in activities with their group. The centerpiece of this cutting-edge exchange program is the homestay?based on the belief that the best way to understand another culture is to live as a member of one of its families.
Friendship Force members travel as Ambassadors from their home country to another country. Local Hosts welcome them into their homes, providing activities that reflect community life and local culture. After sharing experiences of friendship, differences of language, race, creed or politics become less important.
Experience life in a small Turkish village, see Mt. Fuji when you awake every morning, or hike the northern Spanish mountains with a family as your guide. Greenheart Travel's Independent Homestay program focuses exclusively on the short-term homestay experience and is perfect for teens and adults wanting complete immersion in a new culture.
A free German-based group dedicated to bringing people from different countries together. Over 250,000 members in scores of countries?in fact, about 60 countries can boast 100 or more members. Line up visits with locals when you travel.
Homestays worldwide for international students, visitors and interns. Our database contains host family listings worldwide. Guests can browse ads and contact families directly. $20 yearly membership fee; year round. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org,
RED LEAF is an organization that brings in Students from Spain usually every July for around three to four weeks.
The local contact for this organization is;
Langley/White Rock Coordinator
Red-Leaf Student Programs
White Rock Area Coordinator
A non-profit public benefit organization founded in 1980 to promote international understanding, friendship, and goodwill through cultural homestays. We believe that the best way to eliminate fear and prejudice among nations is to experience directly the cultures, languages, and customs of the peoples by living with them. The emphasis of the program is on the education of the participating student, the volunteer host family, and the local community through communication and interaction in the home, the classroom, and the neighborhood.
Servas is an international network of hosts and travelers building peace by providing opportunities for individual visits between people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. During a typical homestay- usually 2 nights-, travelers participate in the daily lives of their host: discussing social concerns, running errands, cooking a meal, visiting a school or lending a hand in a workplace. Servas encompasses more than 15,000 homes and institutions in more than 125 countries on six continents. Contact: United States Servas, Inc., 1125 16th Street, Suite 201, Arcata, CA 95521-5585. Tel: (707) 825-1714. Fax: (707) 825-1762..; info@usServas.org.
Connects people directly to farms around the world interested in having travelers stay and work for varying lengths of time. After paying a low membership fee, you receive a book listing all farms that accept volunteers and you can contact the individual farmers directly to arrange start and end dates. As with organized camps, you receive room and board in exchange for your work. Like the workcamp organizations, the farms are not just looking for cheap labor. Your presence and the culture you represent are just as important as the work you provide. WWOOF works only with farms devoted to organic production as well as to cultural exchange. Whether you choose satisfying manual work on a farm or more varied work at one or more international workcamps, you?ll find that either is an inexpensive way to have an active, rich overseas travel experience.