Ayusa Asks Families to Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Texas

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin or Fort Worth communities and surrounding areas.

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“Though I was never blessed with children, hosting a foreign exchange student with Ayusa allowed me the chance to have the daughter I always wanted,” said Annette Lee Angel, an Ayusa host mom from San Antonio, Texas.

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 Texas 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), Texas families host more international students than any other state except for Michigan.

“Though I was never blessed with children, hosting a foreign exchange student with Ayusa allowed me the chance to have the daughter I always wanted,” said Annette Lee Angel, an Ayusa host mom from San Antonio, Texas. “Thanks to my German host daughter Silvia, I was able to experience the world through the eyes of a very intelligent and articulate young woman – and gain a friend for life.”

The following Texas 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 Texas:

  •     Houston Area: Houston, Woodlands, Spring, Sugar Land, Brenham, Rosenberg, Missouri City, Pasadena, Friendswood, League City, Deer Park, Alvin, Pearland, La Porte, Baytown, Richmond, Jersey Village, Sealy, El Campo, Bay City, Clear Lake, Huntsville, Livingston, Bryan, College Station, and Katy
  •     Dallas Area: Dallas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Frisco, and Mesquite
  •     San Antonio & Hill Country Area: San Antonio, Pleasanton, Kerrville, Boerne, Hondo, Castroville, Poteet, Devine, Seguin, Bandera, Luling, Fredericksburg, Llano, Pearsall, Bulverde, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels, Comfort, Blanco, and Riomedina
  •     Austin Area: Austin, San Marcos, Lockhart, Round Rock, Georgetown, and Liberty Hill
  •     Fort Worth Area: Krum, Denton and Gainesville
  •     Lubbock and Panhandle Area: Lubbock, Amarillo, Plainview, Dickens, Snyder, and Sweetwater
  •     Corpus Christi Area: Corpus Christi, Portland, Victoria, Robstown, Alice, Aransas Pass, Port Lavaca, Kingsville, and Rockport
  •     Beaumont Area: Beaumont, Nederland, Vidor, and Port Arthur
  •     Galveston Area: Galveston, La Marque, and Texas City
  •     Waco-Killeen-Temple Area: Waco, Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Evant, Hamilton, Jonesboro, Clifton, Oglesby, McGregor, and Florence
  •     Northeast Texas Area: Longview, Tyler and Marshall
  •     Wichita Falls Area: Wichita Falls and Henrietta

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

“Hosting an international student is a wonderful way to demonstrate the Texas state motto – Friendship - and show the true, welcoming spirit of Texans across the state,” said Connie Coutu, Ayusa regional manager for Texas. “I encourage Texas families in small towns and big cities to consider hosting a foreign exchange student to show them a slice of American life.”

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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