Ayusa is a non-profit student exchange organization that offers students ages 15-18 the opportunity to live with volunteer host families and study in local high schools for an academic semester or year. It is our belief that exchange offers a uniquel... Read more
Ayusa is a non-profit student exchange organization that offers students ages 15-18 the opportunity to live with volunteer host families and study in local high schools for an academic semester or year. It is our belief that exchange offers a uniquely rich personal experience for our students, volunteer families, host high schools and local communities around the world.
For over 30 years Ayusa has promoted world peace through intercultural understanding by reaching into areas of the world where student exchange has never before been possible.
Since 1981, Ayusa has provided more than 40,000 exchange students from over 60 countries the opportunity to live and study through our programs. Ayusa is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor, enabling all Ayusa participants to travel on J-1 visas. We are also a founding member of the Council for Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET), a worldwide council that defines best practices in international education.
What is Hosting?
Volunteer host families invite an international high school student to live in their home and experience life in America with their family. They offer a high school student the opportunity to study in an American high school, experience a new culture, build lifelong friendships and develop language and leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Who can Host a Student?
There is no such thing as a "typical" Ayusa host family. Regardless of the location of a family’s residence or the size of their family, they are invited to host an Ayusa international student. In the past host families have included:
Two parent families with young or school aged children
Single parent families with or without children
Empty nesters with grown children
Young couples without children
Host Family Responsibilities
An Ayusa host family is responsible for providing:
A safe, warm and nurturing environment for their international student for either a full academic year or fall semester
A private or shared bedroom (with a host sibling of the same gender)
Three meals a day
Benefits of Hosting a Student
Hosting a foreign exchange student is a rewarding and life enriching experience for American families for a variety of reasons:
Introducing your family to a new culture and language
Grow closer as a family as you help an international student experience a new community
Experience the joys of having a new family member to love
Practice hospitality and generosity with your own family
Support diversity and cross-cultural understanding in your own home
Increase cultural awareness within your community
Create an international friendship that lasts a lifetime
Receiving Local Support from Ayusa
Ayusa host families are assigned a local Community Representative (CR) who will support their family and student for the entire program. The Community Representative is supported by a team of Regional and National Ayusa staff who are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency.
AYUSA is a Company that provides wonderful opportunities for people to share their home and culture with students from all over the world. Many of those students come on scholarships and would not, otherwise, have the opportunity without the help of AYUSA and the Department of State. I have had the privilege to work with some of these students. They are so grateful for the chance to go to school in the US and stay with an American family. AYUSA appreciates its Host Families and its Representatives and lets them know in many different ways. I have worked with other companies, but would choose AYUSA over all of them! I host and work with students each year, and AYUSA does a better job of screening it students and its families than any other program I have worked with. All the students speak very good English and blend well with their new families and schools! A+ to AYUSA!!
Our Family adored our student! The staff was extremely helpful & supportive. We were new to the hosting experience and our Community Representative was there for every question! I was completely blown away by how involved the staff of Ayusa is. These students have at the minimum of a monthly contact, but our Representative came events our student was involved in and provided many opportunities for the exchange students to see and do things in Missouri. We are patiently waiting for our new student to arrive in August. We will continue to host & only through Ayusa!
We have hosted 4 students in my home and working with AYUSA has been very good. It is a professional organization connecting families and students and then staying involved in the month to month experience of the student and the family to help everyone make the most of the exchange. People we know with AUYSA are understanding, compassionate and professional. I would recommend AYUSA and its staff to anyone thinking of hosting an exchange student.
I have hosted nine exchange students with Ayusa. All of the students had excellent English skills, and each hosting experience was unique and fun. Because of the wonderful experiences we had, I chose to work with Ayusa as a local representative. Ayusa has been very supportive and offers excellent training and great overseas incentive trips! I recommend Ayusa for hosting and for a great part-time volunteer experience.
Ayusa is an organization that stands behind the familes and their students. With local repsresentives living close to the familes it truly helps when we have a question or need any assistance. The students that we have hosted through Ayusa have been high quality students that we have made life long relationships with. Our first student we hosted in the Spring of 91 sent her 15 year old son to visit with us last summer. It was great! We also had a visit this spring from our Danish daughter we hosted from 91-92 and she brought her 13 year old daughter. These types of relationships you can not build reading about another culture. You have to live it. We love hosting and we LOVE AYUSA!