Ayusa Asks Families to Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Colorado

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Greeley, Denver and Colorado Springs in Colorado.

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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 Colorado families in Greeley, Denver, Colorado Springs, and other communities to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Being a host family in the state of Colorado is an amazing opportunity since our state has so much to offer in natural beauty, history, and cultural diversity,” said Cheryl Blair, an Ayusa host mom from Greeley, Colorado. “Hosting does not require a fancy house, a big car, or vacations. All it requires is the desire to bring an amazing young person into your home to share cultures and experiences. You just have to be yourself and share your everyday life!”

The following Colorado 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.

  •     Greeley, Denver and Colorado Springs

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

“Our Colorado host families always enjoy hosting international students, and really help the students feel like part of the community,” said Cathy Galli-Vaneveld, Ayusa regional manager for Colorado. “In turn, the students help the host families see their state through new eyes, as the students marvel at the diverse environments and activities that Colorado has to offer.”

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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