Homestay Abroad

Teaching English in a homestay is your chance to teach English to your host family while gaining a deeper understanding of a country and culture.

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Travel as an English language tutor while living with a local host family.

Live like a local while tutoring your host family in conversational English 15 hours a week!

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    • Name : Allison Yates
    • Full Name : Allison Yates
    • Role : High School and Short-Term Abroad Programs Coordinator
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    • Name : Hope Pavich
    • Full Name : Hope Pavich
    • Role : High School and Short-Term Programs Director
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      As an English tutor in a homestay, you will teach conversational English language lessons for 15 hours a week, and no teaching experience is necessary! This is a wonderful opportunity to dip your feet into life as an English teacher abroad without having to commit to a semester or yearlong contract.

      Teaching in a Homestay allows you to:

      • Live with a welcoming host family
      • Gain tutoring experience with language lessons 15 hours per week
      • Enjoy the independence and freedom to explore the area on your days off
      • Spend 1 – 3 months living abroad
      • Have host family accommodations and meals included in the program


      While this is a volunteer position, the rewards of this meaningful cultural exchange experience carry on long after you return home!



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      Teach in a Homestay Program Deadlines:

      Greenheart Travel’s Teach in a Homestay programs have monthly start dates and application deadlines year round. However, there are some points to keep in mind for certain destinations.


      Teach in a Homestay in Spain

      • This program is very popular and requires some flexibility with teacher’s schedules.
      • We need at least 8 weeks lead time to secure a host family, but we recommend applying earlier than that if your time frame is not flexible.
      • Many Spanish families travel on vacation or holiday during the month of August and placements can be scarce.
      • We recommend applying well ahead of time if you can only participate in August since the placement process could take longer than normal.


      Program Discounts:

      CCI Greenheart Host Family Discount:

      Families who have hosted a student through CCI Greenheart in the United States are eligible for the following program discounts. Programs must start within 12 months of the last date of hosting a student.

      • Hosted one semester or less receive $100 off your program
      • Hosted one full semester or longer receive $200 off your program
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      English teachers will be matched with a host family, depending on the best fit regarding interests and English tutoring needs.

      Host families vary in size and might include a retired couple, or a family with small children. All homestay teachers will be given their own single room in the host family’s home, but you may be required to share a bathroom and living space with the family.

      Each country destination offers placements in various regions across the country, and teachers will live with a local host family during the program. You will receive your host family contact information prior to departure.

      A large percentage of the host family placements are in small towns outside of major urban areas, and located throughout the country (with the exception of a few destinations). It is very important to be flexible in your placement location, as we cannot guarantee placement in a specific region or city.

      Please refer to our Teach in a Homestay program pages for more information.


      Host Family Accommodations

      Homestay participants live with a local host family during the program. Host families apply in a similar way to participants and Greenheart Travel will match you based on living preferences and personal interests. Host families are not compensated for hosting and host only in exchange for the English lessons.

      Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

      • Successfully pass a criminal background check
      • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
      • Agree to and pass a home inspection


      Participants will have their own private room but may share a bathroom and living areas with the host family. Host families also provide three meals per day except on when going out to restaurants.

      As an English teacher in a homestay, you will be warmly welcomed into a host family’s home, while having the opportunity to explore the region on your own.

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      Making the decision to live abroad as can be both exciting and a bit daunting, and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! Here are some of the common questions we get from travelers as they consider the program.

      What does it mean to be in good mental health in the program eligibility requirements?

      Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well adjusted person. Sending someone abroad with pre-existing mental health conditions could exacerbate whatever challenges they were previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of our applicants.

      While we have accepted applications who have struggled with mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition, we may require additional documentation from your doctor to ensure your health and safety.

      These include, but are not limited to:

      • Depression
      • Obsessive compulsive disorder
      • Debilitating anxiety
      • Eating disorders

      If the applicant’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc.) as part of the application process.

      Do I have to prepare a curriculum or lesson plan?

      English lessons are very informal and there is no provided curriculum, however participants should be prepared to put together a lesson plan for each tutoring session. Greenheart Travel will provide a list of resources to help you come up with fun ideas for teaching your host family. Typically families will just request that you speak English with them over dinner or for a certain amount of time during the day.



      What will I do when I’m not teaching the family?
      When you are not teaching your host family English, you will have time to explore your new home and surrounding towns and cities.


      Will I be able to travel during my free time?

      While we encourage exploring your town and nearby areas, you should only plan 1 or 2 weekend trips, and should leave any major excursions for before or after your program.


      What level of English do the host families have?
      The level of English will vary depending on the host family, but most will be at the beginner level and will only have basic knowledge of English.


      Do I need to speak the language of my host country?
      While it is not a requirement that participants speak the language of their host country, it is recommended that participants try to learn some basic words and phrases before arriving. It always makes your life easier if you speak a bit of the local language.


      Will I have to speak English all the time?
      You only are required to speak English during the 15 hours of English lessons each week. The rest of the time, please feel free to practice speaking the language of your host country.


      Do I need to get a visa?

      It varies by destination, and a visa may be required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days. Greenheart Travel will provide you information about applying for a visa, but please check with the embassy of your host country to verify, as visa requirements may change.


      What have others said about this program?
      Read reviews from our past participants on review sites such as and


      Can I choose where I will be placed with my host family?
      No. You can choose your destination country, but you must be flexible about where you are placed within that country. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region, and we match based on compatibility with the host family and availability. 


      Once I receive my placement, can I request to change it?

      No, we do not change host families based on preferences or location. If you request to change your host family after you have been placed, you will forfeit your $500 placement deposit.



      What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

      No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. However, once you are on the program and if issues arise, we will handle them on a case-by-case basis and will make changes if necessary.


      Can I be placed with my friend/spouse/significant other?
      We are not able to place more than one person with a host family. It is okay to apply with friends and family; however, you will be placed in separate homes, and we cannot guarantee they will be in the same city.


      What should I bring as a gift for my host family?
      It’s a great idea to bring a small gift with you for your host family. It would be nice to bring something that represents where you are from. Common gifts are chocolates, wine, coffee mugs, t- shirts, etc.


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      Committing to a teach in a homestay abroad program is an exciting time, and we are here every step of the way to make the application process as simple as possible. Below are the steps you’ll need to take to be accepted on a Greenheart Travel program.

      Step 1:

      Ensure that you are eligible for the program. The general eligibility requirements are listed below. Additional eligibility requirements, such as age or language proficiency, may be required for certain destinations. Please consult the individual program pages for more information.

      • At least 18 years old
      • Be a native English speaker
      • Be a citizen of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or Canada
      • Must be a high school graduate – college students and graduates preferred
      • Must have the ability to prepare a private tutoring lesson plan
      • Be in good mental* and physical health

      Step 2:

      Click the APPLY NOW button. Once the short form is complete, you will be connected to a teach in a homestay program manager.

      Step 3:

      Once you complete and submit the initial form, you will receive an email with a unique link to the rest of the application where you’ll need to provide general information about yourself to help us get to know you.

      Step 4:

      After we receive the completed Part 1 of your application, you will be asked to sign the Terms and Conditions of the program, showing you understand and agree to the requirements and details of the program. This will be emailed to you.

      Step 5:

      Along with the signed Terms and Conditions, you will need to submit your $250 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. It’s rare that our homestay applications are denied, but if you are not accepted on the program you will be refunded the deposit minus a $75 processing fee.

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      Once we receive the signed Terms and Conditions and program deposit confirming your commitment to the program, we will send you the link to the final part of the application. Part 2 is the final part of the application that includes more detailed information about yourself and why you would like to be an English tutor abroad. This information helps us match you with a like-minded host family.

      Step 7:

      After submitting your completed application, you will have a 15 minute Skype interview with a Greenheart Travel program manager discussing the program and your goals for being a tutor on this program.

      In addition to the interview, you will also need to upload the following documents:

      • 1 letter of recommendation (personal or professional)
      • A “dear host family” letter introducing yourself
      • Copy of your passport
      • Completed background check. If you are a U.S. citizen we can provide you a free, online service.

      Payment Schedule

      As for the payments, you will be required to pay a $250 deposit when you submit your application, and then a second $500 placement deposit will be due when you are ready for us to start working on your host family placement. This is due no later than 8 weeks prior to your departure date. The final balance of the program is due 35 days before departure. We do not deviate from this schedule and you can pay online via credit card.

      After Applying, Now What?

      Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. However, 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

      Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.