Ayusa Kicks Off 2016 Search for American Families to Host Exchange Students in North Carolina

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Ayusa International is currently seeking volunteer U.S. host families in North Carolina interested in hosting a foreign exchange student for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Left to right: Host dad Alan Suggs, Ayusa student Franzi from Germany, host mom Wendy Suggs

The last eight months since Franzi came to join our family have been an incredibly rewarding experience that we will never forget.

Ayusa International, a non-profit organization that has promoted global learning and leadership through high school student cultural exchanges for more than 35 years, is launching its annual search for families in North Carolina, with a special focus in Charlotte and the surrounding area, interested in hosting international students for the 2016-2017 school year.

Ayusa is looking for host families throughout the state, including

  •     Asheville
  •     Charlotte and surrounding area
  •     Durham
  •     Fayetteville
  •     Greenville
  •     Guilford County
  •     Haywood County
  •     Wilson County
  •     Wilmington
  •     Winston-Salem

Ayusa host families who volunteer to open their home to exchange students contribute to the global community as public diplomats for greater international understanding. Each host family and student creates a lasting relationship that spans the cultural differences between their two nations.

The Suggs family from China Grove has been hosting Franziska from Germany, who attends Jesse C. Carson High School. Host dad Alan shares, “The last eight months since Franzi came to join our family have been an incredibly rewarding experience that we will never forget.” He continues, “We could not have handpicked a more perfect student to spend this time with and we are already dreading her return to Germany in June. We have enjoyed every second she has been with us and we highly recommend anyone contemplating hosting a student through Ayusa go ahead and pull the trigger now and have a wonderful experience of their own!”

Ayusa works with diverse families who are interested in hosting an international student of high school age. Families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees, and single people are all welcome. Ayusa families come from all over the country and reside in rural, suburban and urban communities.

“North Carolina is a popular destination for Ayusa exchange students in the U.S.,” said Jess Hodge, Ayusa Regional Manager for the Southeast. “Host families love to share their Southern hospitality with a student from across the world. They are warm and inviting and eager to share the rich history and traditions of North Carolina,” she continues. “If you have ever wanted to learn more about a new culture, I encourage you to give us a call or check out our website to read the many stories of these international friendships that last a lifetime!”

Host families provide the exchange student with three meals a day and a bedroom (private or shared). A professionally trained Ayusa representative supports each host family, student, and local school throughout the program year. Ayusa’s exchange students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world. Students are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English.

How to Host an International Student
Interested families can learn more about the program and available exchange students and request additional information by visiting http://www.ayusa.org or calling 1-888-552-9872.

The process to apply is simple. Families complete the online application, which includes questions about themselves and local high school, references, and a background check. The local Ayusa Community Representative conducts an in-home interview. They can also help each family with any questions they may have about the application or process.

After families are fully approved, they can select the Ayusa student they would like to host!

About Ayusa
Ayusa International (http://www.ayusa.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit student exchange organization founded in 1981 and an official U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor. In addition, Ayusa administers high profile grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and other organizations. Ayusa is a sister company of Intrax, a family of organizations that provides a lifetime of high-quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco with offices on four continents.

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