Ayusa International, a non-profit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students from around theworld, is looking for families in the Kuna area interested in sharing their “America” with international high school students for the [2014-2015] school year. Applications for interested Kuna host families are currently being accepted.
“Sharing the American experience with an international student is a unique opportunity for the averageAmerican to profoundly impact the life of a teenager, and provide them with a positive, transformational experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Andy Hedden-Nicely, Ayusa Community Representative. “Kuna host families are in a great position to show international exchange students an especially authentic slice of American life, which is one reason we are actively looking for Kuna host families.”
Ayusa foreign exchange students come from more than 60 countries, are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English. Whether from Japan or Brazil, India or Sweden, Ukraineor Mexico, France or Lebanon, foreign exchange students are a window into another culture and a great way for a Kuna family to travel the world without leaving your home.
“Idaho host families are the heart and soul of Ayusa’s foreign exchange program,” said Hedden-Nicely. Idaho families have been hosting Ayusa exchange students for the last five years, and the experience has been transformative for the students, who blossom in the local community through support from the families and schools.”
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 and student for the entire program. Prior to hosting, all host families must pass a criminal background check and a home visit by an Ayusa representative.
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 youth exchange programs so thatstudents, families and schools can identify inbound and outbound reputable 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 an exchange student can visit http://www.ayusa.orgor contact Andy Hedden-Nicely, Community Rep., 208-908-9504 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org