Ayusa Asks Families to Host an Exchange Student in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Delaware, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northwest New York.

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“We have a strong network of host families and field staff in the Northeast, but still need more host families willing to help an international student’s dream of coming to America come true,” said Kathleen Edenzon, Ayusa regional manager, Northeast.

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 families in communities in Delaware, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northwest New York to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

“I have learned that it is nice to have someone to share meals with and talk to, or take to places of interest and share my knowledge with them, because it is like having family in my home again,” said Marie Stoltz, an Ayusa host mom from York, Pennsylvania. “Being appreciated for what I do for them helps me to feel good about myself. We learned that we take for granted everything that we have in the U.S., and it is really an eye opener learning about the way other countries do things.”

The following 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 Delaware, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northwest New York:

  •     Delaware – all communities
  •     Central and Eastern Pennsylvania – New Oxford, York Springs, Hanover and Fairfield
  •     Northwest New York – all communities

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.

“We have a strong network of host families and field staff in the Northeast, but still need more host families willing to help an international student’s dream of coming to America come true,” said Kathleen Edenzon, Ayusa regional manager for the Northeast. “Hosting a student is really a life-changing experience, and not just for the student. Host families report it being one of the best things they’ve ever done, and many of our host families host for several years in a row.”

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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