Who we are
As a company focusing on culture & language exchange programs, Homestay China was founded in 2003. With a lot support from the "Robert Bosch Foundation" the company was able to develop a cultural exchange project between "Yunnan Provincial People's Radio Station" and the German radio station "Radio Jojo". Through this project Homestay China broadcasted Chinese radio programs to Germany and vice versa. Creating a connection between Chinese and German children was the first step to become a company devoted to creating international exchange programs.
Through cooperation with 5 German homestay agencies Homestay China was able to send more than 50 Chinese Homestay students to Germany in 2006. In 2007 the company started to cooperate with further 5 agencies from Germany and 3 agencies from the United States. During this year Homestay China made it possible to send 30 Homestay students to America and 80 Homestay students to Germany. Further cooperation with companies from France and the Netherlands were established in 2008.
After those successful projects Homestay China decided to change directions and promote homestay programs for foreigners coming to China. In 2009 a German homestay student was sent to live with a family in Kunming, Yunnan. This turned out to be the key event which made Homestay China what it is today, a successful company which is devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through "Homestay Language & Culture Exchange Programs".
In 2010 Homestay China started to promote their program to Chinese families in Kunming. With the help of the "Yunnan Provincial Department of Education" the company successfully registered more than 50 Chinese families in Kunming who were excited to be part of an international culture & language exchange program.
We are proud to mention that since the beginning of 2010 Homestay China was able to place more than 20 Homestay students from several countries all over the world in homes here in Kunming. They are living together with their Chinese host families; they share languages and cultures, join events or go travelling all over Asia.
Homestay China creates a model which is devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through "Homestay - Language & Culture Exchange - Programs". For a long time, we have been introducing the Chinese culture and language to young people from all around the world. Additionally we open the gates for Chinese families to a world full of cultural diversity.
In a world of immediate connection to other people, wesometimes forget the relevance of daily face-to-face interaction. Homestay China believes that by granting people to live and study side-by-side with people in another country, we can increase intercultural awareness and global understanding.
Every participant in our program – no matter if they are students, families or young people interested in a foreign culture – have the chance to become part of a global community and gain deeper knowledge of the world's rich cultural diversity. It is our goal to build cross-cultural understanding and provide people with the opportunity to learn new languages.