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June 18, 2013 > Host families needed for foreign exchange students

Host families needed for foreign exchange students

Submitted By Patsy Barich

Ayusa (Academic Year in the USA) International, a 30-year-old non-profit organization and official U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor, is looking for Hayward/Fremont families interested in hosting an international exchange student for the 2013-2014 school year. 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.

"Deciding to host an exchange student has been one of the best decisions I ever made," said Virginia Bartone of San Jose, California, an Ayusa host parent to Ceci, a high school student from Spain. "It has truly been a fun and rewarding experience, and I have gained another daughter for life!"

Ayusa welcomes all interested families who would like to host an exchange student including families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees, and single people. 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.

Families interested in learning more about hosting a foreign exchange student can visit www.ayusa.org or call 1- (888) 552-9872.

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