Local families needed to host Ayusa foreign exchange students
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Ayusa International, a non-profit organization that for 31 years has promoted global learning and leadership through high school student cultural exchanges and leadership programs, is launching its annual search for families in Cotati, Rohnert Park and Sebastopol interested in hosting international students for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Ayusa (which stands for “Academic Year in the USA”) works with diverse families who are interested in hosting an international student of high school age. 

Families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees and single people are all welcome. 

Ayusa families come from all 50 states and reside in rural, suburban and urban communities. Families interested in hosting an exchange student with Ayusa can follow three simple steps:

• Step 1: View information online about Ayusa’s program and types of students that are interested in living with a host family and spending a year in the United States.

• Step 2: Complete the Ayusa application for hosting, which can be done online. Ayusa will provide a list of questions about families and their local high school, request five references, and ask family candidates to sign a program agreement. 

• Step 3: Once the application is submitted, an Ayusa representative will assist with completion of the additional hosting requirements – a criminal background check and in-home interview with an Ayusa representative. Once a host family is approved, they may login to select a student. Ayusa representatives can also help find a student to match a family’s specific interests and activities.

 Ayusa’s exchange students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world. 

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