Ayusa Looking for American Families to Host Exchange Students

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Ayusa International is currently seeking volunteer U.S. host families in all 50 states interested in hosting a foreign exchange student for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

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There is nothing more rewarding that hosting an Ayusa exchange student and providing them the opportunity to come to the U.S. and learn about American culture and traditions, said Sherry Carpenter, executive director of Ayusa.

Ayusa International, a 30-year old non-profit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, is looking for American families interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2013-2014 school year.

“There is nothing more rewarding than hosting an Ayusa exchange student and providing them the opportunity to come to the U.S. and learn about American culture and traditions,” said Sherry Carpenter, executive director of Ayusa. “Hosting an exchange student also provides American families the chance to learn about another corner of the world without ever leaving their local community. Foreign exchange student programs open doors of understanding between cultures, increasing cross-cultural understanding, citizen diplomacy and international friendships.”

Ayusa welcomes all interested families who would like to host an international exchange student including families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees, and single people. Ayusa families come from all over the U.S., including both rural and urban communities. Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom (either private or shared). Each student is supported by a professionally trained local representative from Ayusa who works with the family, student and local school for the entire program.

How to Host a Foreign Exchange Student

Families interested in hosting an exchange student with Ayusa can follow three simple steps.

  • Step One: View information online about Ayusa’s program and types of students that are interested in living with a host family and spending a year in the United States.
  • Step Two: Complete your Ayusa online hosting application. You will be provided a list of questions about your family and local high school, asked for five references, and requested to sign a program agreement. An Ayusa representative can help you complete the application, answer any questions, and connect you with other host families in your community.
  • Step Three: Once your application is submitted, an Ayusa representative will work with you to complete the additional hosting requirements – a criminal background check and in-home interview with an Ayusa representative. Once you are an approved host family, you may login to select your student. Your Ayusa representative can also help you find a student to match your family’s interests and activities.

Ayusa’s exchange students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including Brazil, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, France, Peru, Morocco, China, and Spain. All students are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English.

“My daughter Kelsie feels as if Isabelle [our exchange student from Germany] is an older sister to her,” said Melissa Hughes, an Ayusa host mom from North Carolina. “They have confided in each other, had movie nights together, and gone to the mall together - much like natural sisters would do. Kelsie will never forget Isabelle and they have already planned future get-togethers for when they are older.”

According to The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), more than 27,000 international high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 years old studied in the U.S. during 2011-2012 as part of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs. Ayusa has been a member of 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 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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