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Mission Statement

CCI: The heart 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. Based in Chicago, Illinois, CCI organizes high school exchange, short-term group homestay, intern and trainee, work & travel in the U.S. and study, teach, work, volunteer, and language programs in over 30 countries around the world. In 2004, CCI adopted Greenheart as its environmental and social initiative. Greenheart connects people and planet through environmentalism, fair trade, social transformation and cross cultural understanding.


What an amazing journey you are about to take. Families who host foreign exchange students say that the experience has changed their lives forever. Their relationship with the exchange student lasts long after their time hosting has ended - many families visit the students’ home country, attend their weddings, celebrate the joy of their first child. After sharing your home, community, and interests with a foreign exchange student, they instantly become a part of your family.

Long-term Hosting Basics

  • Choose to host for a full 10-month academic year, or a 5-month semester
  • Provide a separate bed, 3 meals daily, and local transportation
  • Treat your exchange student as a member of the family
  • Students can be in the U.S. on the J-1 Visa, the F-1 Visa or a FLEX or YES Programs grant recipient; they all come with their own spending money and medical insurance

Why Host with CCI Greenheart?

  • Experience: Since 1985, CCI Greenheart has placed over 20,000 international exchange students with families seeking to host a foreign exchange student.
  • Diversity: Students come from a range of cultures and backgrounds, with over 60 countries represented.
  • Civic-minded: CCI Greenheart encourages all foreign exchange participants and interested host families to volunteer and give back to their host community.



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