Ayusa Asks Families to Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Wisconsin

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Ayusa International seeks volunteer U.S. host families who would like to host a high school foreign exchange student in Green Bay, Madison, La Crosse, and Eau Claire.

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“Hosting brought our family new faces and friends to add to our family tree,” said Doris Sexton, an Ayusa host mom from West Bend, Wisconsin. “We continue to celebrate their lives through their traditional holidays which now have an American twist!"

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 Wisconsin families in Green Bay, Madison, La Crosse, and Eau Claire to host an international high school student for the 2012-2013 school year.

According to the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), Wisconsin is ranked 7th in the United States for the number of international students hosted last year.

“Hosting brought our family new faces and friends to add to our family tree,” said Doris Sexton, an Ayusa host mom from West Bend, Wisconsin. “We continue to celebrate their lives through their traditional holidays which now have an American twist! Our ‘kids’ come back to visit and we've traveled overseas to visit them. World events take on new meanings now, because we have ‘family’ all over the world.”

The following Wisconsin 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.

  •     Green Bay and surrounding areas
  •     Madison and surrounding areas
  •     Eau Claire and surrounding areas
  •     La Crosse and surrounding areas

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.

“Wisconsin has long been welcoming exchange students, and students love coming here for the wonderful families and abundance of nature,” said Susan Reinhardt, Ayusa regional manager for Wisconsin. “School deadlines are fast approaching, so now is the time to reach out if you and your family would like to open your home to an international student and help his or her dream of coming to America come true.”

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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