Horizon Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange programs in China

Based in China and America, Horizon Cultural Exchange aims to become the leader in enriching and exciting cultural exchange.

Bold. Open-minded. Independent.
That's the kind of mentor we seek. The HCE program provides resources and guidance, not training wheels. We provide the bridge to connect you with your host family in China. Make cross-cultural memories that will last a lifetime. Share your skills, and lead children to new heights of success. Your way, our support. Are you ready to inspire?

- Xue Li, Founder

Choose the program that's right for you

Our programs fit a wide range of schedules and levels of experience.

  • 4-12


    HCE Explorer

    Spend a summer or winter break teaching and playing with your new host siblings.

    Become an HCE

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  • 3-6


    HCE Mentor

    Immerse yourself in Chinese culture. Start at any time!

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  • 12-24


    HCE Teacher

    Embark on your international career by teaching English to Chinese children.

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We've got you

Depending on the program, most or all of your living expenses will be provided by your host family.

Live with a Chinese family

Our host families are carefully selected to match each participant's needs.

At HCE, we are extremely dedicated to finding the best match between our host families and our participants. Tell us about yourself! The more we know about your personality and your living habits, the better match we can find for you, and the more enjoyable your experience will be.

More about families
16 Chinese families are waiting for a new participant
12 Participants are currently in China

Live in Chinese cities

See why China has become a major player on the world stage.

  • Shenzhen

  • Beijing

  • Shanghai

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Number of foreigners who visited Beijing last year


Number who began living in Beijing long-term
Number of subway lines currently operating in Beijing, totaling 527km
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Attend weekly
cultural activities

Have fun with other HCE participants on organized weekly cultural activities. Explore the city, make friends, and interact with the local culture.

Meet our participants

Join the adventure

Follow our social networks to keep tabs on how our current participants are doing.

Communicating with Chinese Kids

Joseph, HCE Mentor

New Challenges

Ian Stewart, HCE Mentor

I enjoyed observing the lives of the three Chinese host families that I stayed with, and their similarities and differences.

Joseph - HCE Mentor

Embrace cultural differences and your new family

Nicole Cory - HCE Mentor
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participants stories

Our team is here
for you

Our team of local assistants are here to help. We visit each host family at least once a month to proactively encourage open communication and positive, healthy relationships.

Meet our team