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Ayusa is a non-profit youth exchange organization which offers students ages 15-18 the opportunity to live with volunteer host families and to study in local high schools for an academic year or semester. 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. Collectively, the Ayusa family reaches across interpersonal and international borders and celebrates worldwide community through the spirit, character and promise of our youth.
For over 30 years Ayusa has promoted world peace through inter-cultural 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.
Ayusa students are a group of culturally diverse youth who share an optimistic vision of intercultural understanding and cooperation. All Ayusa students are driven by a desire to deeply explore their host culture and to participate as a full member of their host community. Candidates are carefully selected according to the strength of their academic record, written and spoken English skills, personal motivation, and the maturity necessary to adapt to life abroad. All students arrive in the US with medical insurance, their own spending money and proper visa documentation (J-1 for inbound students). Ayusa students are placed with host families on the basis of compatibility and are expected to follow Ayusa and host family rules. Students follow a regular academic program at local high schools and are encouraged to participate in family and extra-curricular activities and to promote cultural awareness and education.
Ayusa volunteer host families help to create lasting cross-cultural bonds of friendship and understanding and make a powerful difference in the lives of Ayusa youth. Special financial consideration is given to American families who have hosted an Ayusa student and wish to send their teenager abroad.
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