Homestay Hosting

See your world through someone else’s eyes.

WorldChicago homestay hosts open their homes to our international adult and youth visitors for short-term homestays ranging from one week to one month. As a homestay host you take on a special role as a cultural ambassador, with a unique opportunity to share our American culture and at the same time learn about another part of the world. Homestay hosts provide a bed and most meals, but more importantly welcome your visitors as members of the family.

Why become a homestay host?

● Forge life-long friendships
● Learn about new cultures, new cuisine, and new languages
● Be a tourist in your own town
● Introduce your kids to bright, motivated, curious international “siblings”
● Meet emerging young leaders making an impact in government, civil society, and innovations abroad
● Contribute directly to strengthening U.S. foreign relations

Sign-up to host

Is this your first time homestay hosting with WorldChicago? Please complete our New Host application:

New Homestay Hosts  

Are you a returning host? Please update your information:

Returning Homestay Hosts  


Upcoming opportunities – Currently there are no programs that need homestay hosts. Please sign up for future programs in 2018.

Current 2018 YOUTH VISITORS Opportunities

  • July 24–August 7: Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
  • July 20-22: Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program
  • July 19-28: UK-US Youth Dialogue Program
  • Dates to be determined: Jovenes en Accion (Youth in Action)

Youth Homestay Hosting FAQs
Learn more about Youth Leadership Programs

Past Programs 2017 ADULT VISITORS

All programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

  • April 28–May 29: Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, & Slovenia
  • April 27–May 29: Legislative & NGO Professional Fellows from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Southeast Asia
  • May 26–June 19: Russian Business Leaders

Adult Homestay Hosting FAQs


To learn about these and other hosting opportunities, please contact Brian Peckrill at or 312-254-1800 x100.


Meet youth visitors from the United Kingdom and Iraq and hear first-hand about their experiences in Chicago with their host families.

“Working with WorldChicago has changed me and my family in a very positive way by making the world a smaller place.” – Homestay Host

Curious what to do with your visitor? Check out Chicago CityPass or Choose Chicago for ideas!