Ayusa Asks Families to Host an Exchange Student in Idaho

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls in Idaho.

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“Our experience hosting high school age exchange students has really taught our young children about the world and its many cultures,” said Greg Martino, an Ayusa host father in Meridian, Idaho.

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 Idaho families in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and other communities to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Our experience hosting high school age exchange students has really taught our young children about the world and its many cultures,” said Greg Martino, an Ayusa host father in Meridian, Idaho. “Through this adventure we've learned languages, games, tried new foods, and still have great pen pals throughout the world. There is nothing better than watching my children teach others about what they have learned through our hosting experience.”

The following Idaho 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 Idaho:

  •     Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls

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, Chile, Tunisia, France, and Japan. All students are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English.

“Hosting a foreign exchange student is a transformative experience for the international student, the American host family, and the local community,” said Cathy Galli-Vaneveld, Ayusa regional manager for Idaho. “Our alumni tell us that their exchange year in America is something that changed them forever, showing them a more complete picture of the world and opening doors that they never knew existed. Please help us make a student’s dream come true by volunteering to host!”

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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