Ayusa Asks Families to Host an Exchange Student in Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire communities.

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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 families in communities in Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Our experience with our student, Max, last year, far exceeded our expectations,” said John Hawley, an Ayusa host father from Mechanic Falls, Maine whose families hosted an exchange student from Germany. “It was life changing for us. We thought we were welcoming a guest into our home for the year and never once did we image that we would become so close and attached to Max. Max became family to us within a matter of days and our relationship with him grew to where he is now truly considered one of our own children.”

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.

  •     Rhode Island – Westerly and Kingston
  •     New Hampshire – Hanover, Bedford and Manchester
  •     Maine – Mechanic Falls and Newport

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

“Host families in the Northeast have always been very receptive to international students, and make them feel a home in a matter of weeks,” said Kathleen Edenzon, Ayusa regional manager for the Northeast. “School deadlines are fast approaching, so if you have ever been interested in sharing your American with an international student, now is the time to call us.”

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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