Ayusa Asks Families to Host an Exchange Student in Michigan

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Battle Creek, and Flint, Michigan.

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“Ayusa made it so easy! The ability to go online and read about the students gave me the opportunity to select the student that best fit my family,” said Marianne Letasi, an Ayusa host mom from Huron Township, Michigan.

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 Michigan families in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Battle Creek, and Flint communities and surrounding areas to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

According to the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), Michigan is ranked 1st in the United States for the number of international students hosted last year.

“Ayusa made it so easy! The ability to go online and read about the students gave me the opportunity to select the student that best fit my family,” said Marianne Letasi, an Ayusa host mom from Huron Township, Michigan. “I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my student.    It is an experience that I will always remember and one that continues to this day. Our families visit back and forth. We’re all one family now.”

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

  •     Ann Arbor
  •     Battle Creek
  •     Bay City
  •     Flint
  •     New Buffalo
  •     Roscommon
  •     Traverse City
  •     Grand Rapids

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.

“For the past two years, Michigan families have hosted more foreign exchange students than any other state,” said Susan Reinhardt, Ayusa regional manager for Michigan. “It’s clear that Michigan families have been spreading the word about this wonderful, life changing experience. School deadlines are fast approaching, and Ayusa would love to give more families the opportunity to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.”

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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