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Center For Cultural Understanding


We believe that there are valuable lessons we can learn by sharing our culture while living, teaching, learning, working, collaborating, listening communicating, and establishing new friendships with people from all over the world.

Forming these connections and having these unique experiences can provide participants with a new perspective an ideas that will strengthen our world and build greater global relationships.

Center for Cultural Understanding (CCU) programs’ are design to provide experiential learning that build trust, respect, sensitivity, and understanding towards others, at the same time increasing the participant’s self-confidence, cultural knowledge, language, time management, public speaking and cross-cultural leadership skills.


Center for Cultural Understanding (CCU) is an international educational organization. CCU brings cultural understanding to communities around the world. We have over 30 years of experience in exchange participant programs, working with participants and families.

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Your host family anticipates that you are in a new environment and may need assistance. They should be your first resource and want to help you with anything you need. All participants have an assigned I.C.E. (Independent Coordinator of Exchange) during their stay. If for any reason the coordinator is unavailable, you will also have direct contact information to CCU offices.
We do not recommend participants try and reach out back home as it will create more homesickness for you. If you have a concern or emergency, speak with your host family, and they will work with your coordinator to help you reach your family.
Programs are paid in full prior to arrival. Any money you bring are for souvenirs or extracurricular activities. If host families want to take their participant on an activity that may cost, it will be cleared through the host family, coordinator, and if necessary, participant’s parents.
Host families come in all shapes and sizes, some with host siblings some without. We try to accommodate any requests before placement, but we cannot guarantee each participants’s host family request will be fulfilled.
It’s natural to feel homesick, or experience culture shock while adjusting to being in a foreign country. Almost everyone feels this way at times and you’re not alone. Here’s a few tips: Don’t stay in your bedroom as isolating yourself will make you feel worse. Stay positive and talk with your host family and I.C.E. They are prepared to help you in any way you need. Stay healthy, part of being homesick is not taking care of your body. Drink lots of water, and make sure you’re eating. You’ll be feeling better in no time!




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