Exchange Student Hosting with Ayusa
What is Hosting?
At Ayusa, we believe the best way to experience another culture is by making a young person from another country a part of your family and home. Hosting an Ayusa exchange student is the perfect way to share your culture and traditions while experiencing and welcoming those from another country.
We firmly believe that one connection has the power to change the world. What better way to make a difference than by welcoming a young person from another country to your own home and community? The impact of this connection can last a lifetime and benefit your family in ways you never imagined.
What are the Benefits of Hosting?
There is no such thing as a "typical" Ayusa Host Family. Whether you live in a rural or an urban community, and regardless of the shape and size of your family, you are invited to host an Ayusa exchange student. We believe that all families can benefit from participating in cultural exchange by hosting an Ayusa exchange student.
What Does a Host Family Provide?
As an Ayusa Host Family, your financial responsibility is minimal. Ayusa asks that you provide your exchange son or daughter with three meals a day (including a sack lunch from home) and his or her own bed in a private room or shared with a host sibling of the same gender close in age. Families offer their students a safe, warm, and nurturing environment while sharing their American culture and lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
A professionally trained Community Representative (CR) will be assigned to work with your family and student for the entire program. Your CR will visit with you and your student monthly, offering advice and support whenever needed. The CR will maintain regular contact with your local high school and complete a quarterly report, evaluating your student's progress in family life, academic achievement and social activity. Your CR, in turn, is supported by a team of dedicated regional and national Ayusa staff, available 24 hours in case of emergency.
Ayusa realizes that families are very busy with work responsibilities and extra-curricular activities. Our students are not allowed to drive, but will take school and public buses whenever available. They often purchase or borrow used bicycles and usually make friends who drive. Family members are not expected to be chauffeurs, but to simply offer the student a ride when it is convenient.
Your student is provided with health insurance that will cover any expenses should they require a visit to the doctor. Before a student is accepted into the Ayusa program, they must undergo a complete physical exam and submit a certified report documenting that they are in excellent health.
Your student will be able to converse with you immediately. Some teens will be almost fluent, while others will have a stronger accent and use smaller words depending on how many years they have been studying English. You will be amazed at how your student's English fluency will improve, often quickly and dramatically, once they are immersed in school and social life.
Your financial responsibility is quite minimal and mainly consists of room and board for your student, which includes 3 meals a day. Your student's natural parents will pay for all travel costs, program fees and health insurance. They will also provide your student with a monthly spending allowance used for school expenses, social activities, clothing, and other essentials. A $50 per month tax deduction can be claimed for each month you host.
YES! Families can choose to host two students and as long as the students and their natural parents agree, the students can be placed together. Students must come from two different countries and primary languages.
It cannot be said enough: there is no "typical" Ayusa Host Family. Ayusa students enjoy living on farms, in small towns, suburbs, and big cities. Whether you are a married couple with children at home, a single parent, an empty-nester, or a grandparent, the desire to love and care for a student is all that is needed to host. Every community offers a wonderful opportunity for friendship and learning. Somewhere in the world there is a student waiting to live with a family just like yours!
The application process begins with an online application at www.ayusa.org. Basic information about your family and community are entered there and you give Ayusa permission to conduct a federal background check on all members of the family age 18 and older.
During step two of the process, you will have a home visit from the local Community Representative (CR). The CR will give you an overview of the Ayusa program, conduct an interview with all family members, and provide several student profiles for your family to consider. He or she will also take a few pictures of you and your home for your hosting file. Personal references are checked by the CR during this step as well.
Once your family is approved for hosting, you may look at photos of students online and make your final selection. Your CR will assist you in choosing a student based on your school’s specific criteria and deadline. Once you have chosen a student, the CR will request enrollment permission for the student from your local high school. Upon completion of these steps, your placement will be confirmed and you will be able to celebrate the joy of welcoming a student into your home!