Ayusa Asks Families to Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Ohio

Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Springfield, Dublin, Kettering and other communities in Ohio.

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“Family traditions and community events take on new and special meanings when shared with a student from a different culture," said Mary Caputo, an Ayusa host mom from Springfield, Ohio.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

Ayusa International, a 30-year old non-profit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students, is looking for Ohio families in Springfield, Dublin, Kettering, Mentor, Beavercreek, and other communities to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

"Opening your home and sharing your world with an exchange student affords you the opportunity to view daily life through new eyes,” said Mary Caputo, an Ayusa host mom from Springfield, Ohio. “Family traditions and community events take on new and special meanings when shared with a student from a different culture. At the same time, you learn that teens from all over the world are very similar. Hosting through Ayusa provides the opportunity to meet other exchange students and their host parents in nearby communities through planned monthly activities."

The following Ohio communities and surrounding areas have high school availability for foreign exchange students – but still need local families to host an exchange student. Interested applicants in these communities and surrounding areas should visit http://www.ayusa.org or call 1-888-552-9872.

Ayusa is looking for families in the following communities to host an exchange student in Ohio:

  •     Fairborn, Beavercreek, Kettering, Centerville, Mansfield, Dublin, Reynoldsburg, Akron, Ravenna, Zanesville, Indian Hill, Mentor, and Springfield

Ayusa’s international exchange students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including France, China, Mexico, Sweden, Chile, Lebanon, Germany, and Japan. All students are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English.

“Ohio has always been a place that has warmly embraced cultural exchange and diversity,” said Susan Reinhardt, Ayusa regional manager for Ohio. “Our Buckeye families truly enjoy sharing their traditions as well as building international friendships that will last a lifetime. And our students love being placed in Ohio. When they return back to their home countries, it’s always with a smile and lots of red clothing!”

Every year, more than 28,000 international high school students ages 15 to 18 years old come to the U.S. to study as part of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs.

There is no “typical” American host family and Ayusa welcomes all interested families, with or without children, from both urban and rural communities. Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom (either private or shared). Each student is supported by a professionally trained community representative from Ayusa who works with the family, student and local school for the entire program. All host families must pass a criminal background check and home visit from an Ayusa representative before being eligible to host.

Ayusa has been a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) for more than 25 years – since its foundation. CSIET evaluates U.S.-based high school exchange programs so that students, families and schools can identify reputable inbound and outbound exchange organizations.

Ayusa is a 501(c)3, and an official U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor Families interested in learning more about hosting a foreign exchange student can visit http://www.ayusa.org or call 1-888-552-9872.

About Ayusa
Ayusa International (http://www.ayusa.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to promote global learning and leadership through cultural exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students from the U.S. and around the world. In addition, Ayusa administers multiple 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 provide 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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