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 2019.

Current 2019 Opportunities

-Professional Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia

April 25th-May 27th, 2019 (16 fellows)


-Professional Fellows from Southeast Asia and Central Europe

April 25th to May 27th, 2019 (7 fellows)


-Russian Business Leaders

May 25th to June 17th, 2019 (5 fellows)


-Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program

July 11th, 2019-July 25th, 2019 (9 Iraqi students, 3 US students, 2 Iraqi mentors)


-Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP)

July 12th-14th, 2019 (10 participants)


-UK Youth Dialogue Program

July 18th, 2019-July 27th, 2019 (12 UK students)


-Italian Youth Leadership Program

Dates TBA (4 Italian students)



Youth Homestay Hosting FAQs
Learn more about Youth Leadership Programs

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!