Ayusa Asks Families to Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Oregon

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school exchange student in Beaverton, Bend/Northern Oregon, Medford, Portland, Roseburg and many more communities in Oregon.

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“Hosting an exchange student through Ayusa provides Oregon families an opportunity to connect with people from other countries and develop lifelong relationships,” said Joan Sells-Formoso, Ayusa regional manager for Oregon.

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 Oregon families to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

According to the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), Oregon is ranked 10th in the United States for the number of international students hosted last year.

“This past year our family had the great joy of hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany,” said Kristy Kraemer, an Ayusa host mom from Amity, Oregon. “Hosting was a chance for us to share our way of life with someone new, and gave us the chance to see everything through Niklas’s eyes. Trivial things that we take for granted meant so much to him, like catching his first fish, wearing a football uniform and helmet, or attending school dances – everything was new and exciting for him. After hosting we now feel that this world we live in seems much smaller, our hearts feel much larger, and our lives are forever changed for the better. It was the best year of our lives.”

The following Oregon 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.

Ayusa is looking for families in the following communities and surrounding areas to host an exchange student in Oregon: Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Medford, Roseburg, Myrtle Point, Amity and Bend/Northern Oregon.

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.

“Hosting an exchange student through Ayusa provides Oregon families an opportunity to connect with people from other countries and develop lifelong relationships,” said Joan Sells-Formoso, Ayusa regional manager for Oregon. “The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty and attracts people that have a love of nature. People here tend to be peaceful, loving, and very globally minded – perfect host families for international students.”

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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