Foreign Exchange Students

Foreign Exchange Students

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Rachel

AOL

#1 Feb 5, 2007
Dear Community Members,
We are delighted to announce a very special program in your community!
AYUSA International (Academic Year in the USA) is a high school foreign exchange student organization. We welcome teenagers from over 65 countries worldwide and provide host family placement and ongoing supervision for 5 and 10-month academic programs. Our central goal is to provide young people with learning experiences that foster cultural appreciation, insight and meaningful friendship.
Last fall Orange Cove High School hosted its first foreign exchange student from Germany. His attendance and participation in school activities heightened interest and awareness with the local students in a global educational experience. We are working with Mr. Mendoza, OCHS counselor in placing six exchange students from around the world. We need your help in finding host families for these students. Now is the time for you and your family to make a difference in your community.
When one eager exchange student meets one extraordinary family we help create one better world. Families like yours across the U.S. are welcoming talented and motivated high-school students into their homes this fall. Students come from over 50 different countries and share your enthusiasm for education, personal growth and cultural exchange. If your family enjoys exploring new cultures and nurturing youth, please find out more about this rewarding opportunity to share your life with a special young person. Host siblings and family members generally share the added benefit of being invited back to the exchange student¡¦s country the following summer for an international experience.
We invite you to participate in this unique and rewarding adventure by opening your heart and home to an exchange student.
ľ AYUSA students are 15-18 years old.
ľ Students will attend high school daily, participate in extra-curricular activities
and complete a community service project.
ľ They look forward to a warm bond of friendship with your family and a rewarding cultural exchange.
ľ Natural parents pay all program fees, health insurance and provide students with a spending allowance.
ľ Host families are asked to provide food on the table and a bedroom either shared or private.
ľ A professionally trained AYUSA Community Representative will explain all program details, help you select a student and provide ongoing support throughout the program.
Visit our website ¡§Meet Our Students¡¨ to view the student¡¦s profile and read a personal letter.
Learn about their interest, educational background, and English speaking ability.
All across the world, AYUSA students are eagerly awaiting their host family placement.
Please call today and begin the adventure of a lifetime for your family and your community!
Regional Director: Rachel B. Frauenholz Community Representative: Pamela Stevenson
AYUSA Website: http://www.ayusa.org Email: fresnoayusa@aol.com
Rachel

AOL

#2 Feb 5, 2007
Looking for a home in America

These students from around the world are looking for a wonderful host family for the 2007-2008 academic year. Will you open your heart to a child from another culture and share your American values with them?





Since 1980, AYUSA has provided opportunities for more than 40,000 students from the U.S. and over 75 countries around the world to live and study through our programs. As the premier youth exchange organization in the United States, AYUSA strives to deliver the highest quality programs to students, host families, schools and communities. Student participants learn about a new culture by living with a volunteer host family, making new friends, and studying at a local high school. For more information, please visit: http://www.ayusa.org , call Rachel B. Frauenholz at or email fresnoayusa@aol.com
Stoopid person

United States

#3 Feb 6, 2007
the guy from gemany. his name was Marcel. he was frickin tall. he's cool.
Rachel

AOL

#4 Feb 8, 2007
He was tall. 6'4" I think. Do you know anyone who wants a scholarship to live in Germany for a year?
kool aid man

Fresno, CA

#5 Feb 8, 2007
sheesh. i would want one.
Rachel

AOL

#6 Feb 9, 2007
kool aid man wrote:
sheesh. i would want one.
The way to get started is to have your Mom or Dad go online to www.ayusa.org and log into the program. From there you can look up the CBYX Grant progam and download an application. Hosting your own exchange student is the best way to get started. You can learn more about the country of the host student and travel back with them next summer.
baby button eyes

Fresno, CA

#7 Feb 13, 2007
man i aint gots no parents. all i gots is my cousin, my guardian and we don't have internet. and i aint goin to the libary
Marcia

Berlin, Germany

#8 Feb 16, 2007
Hey !
My name is Marcia and I'm a 16 years old girl from Germany. I would like to come somewhere to orange county, CA as an exchange student next year. I do pole vault which isn't offered everywhere in the USA but there are great opportunities to vault in orange county and if I went with an organisation like ayusa they could send me anywhere in the usa and the chance that pole vault isn't offered there is like 99 %. That's why I'm writing this message to ask if anyone knows how to find a host family in the area of orange county. I hope someone can help me !!
diamondice

Firebaugh, CA

#9 Feb 18, 2007
Marcia wrote:
Hey !
My name is Marcia and I'm a 16 years old girl from Germany. I would like to come somewhere to orange county, CA as an exchange student next year. I do pole vault which isn't offered everywhere in the USA but there are great opportunities to vault in orange county and if I went with an organisation like ayusa they could send me anywhere in the usa and the chance that pole vault isn't offered there is like 99 %. That's why I'm writing this message to ask if anyone knows how to find a host family in the area of orange county. I hope someone can help me !!


Are you talkin about orange county OR Orange Cove?
Retro

Firebaugh, CA

#10 Feb 19, 2007
now walk it out
Jan

Toccoa, GA

#11 Jun 25, 2007
Before anyone signs up for anything, make sure you read the website, Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students ( www.csfes.org ). AYUSA's website will look like you'll be with a group of students in big cities in America but you will more likely end up in some small house in a small town and your host family will have an entire year to use you as a houskeeper and force you to go to their fundamentalist Christian church. I recommmend that no one consider a year in America with a foreign exchange organization until the U.S. Department of State reforms all of these programs and helps protect you young students.
All of the cases on www.csfes.org are true. Read it and decide for yourself if you want to take that chance.
Jan

Toccoa, GA

#12 Jun 25, 2007
Sweetheart, if you only knew all of the students who came here expecting to live and California and ended up living in some trailer in Montana. You say you want an organization like AYUSA who will send you to orange county. That just won't happen. They might tell you that they'll do everything they can to send you there but AYUSA and other agencies bring more kids over here than they have homes for so many of them end up in very poor, rural areas in schools that have only the basics to offer. A very sweet girl from Sweden came to America via EF Foundation and had also thought she would go to California. Instead, she ended up in an eastern Kentucky holler where she was forced to go to church with her host family and they included her in services where they handled poisonous snakes. Please check out our website at www.csfes.org and show it to your parents as well. Whatever you decide, you want to make an informed decision. You won't be able to make one based on glossy, flashy exchange organziation websites. Good luck and please take good care of yourself. If you do decide to come over here, please know that we'll be here for you.
Jan
Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students
www.csfes.org
diamondice

United States

#13 Jun 26, 2007
Jan wrote:
Sweetheart, if you only knew all of the students who came here expecting to live and California and ended up living in some trailer in Montana. You say you want an organization like AYUSA who will send you to orange county. That just won't happen. They might tell you that they'll do everything they can to send you there but AYUSA and other agencies bring more kids over here than they have homes for so many of them end up in very poor, rural areas in schools that have only the basics to offer. A very sweet girl from Sweden came to America via EF Foundation and had also thought she would go to California. Instead, she ended up in an eastern Kentucky holler where she was forced to go to church with her host family and they included her in services where they handled poisonous snakes. Please check out our website at www.csfes.org and show it to your parents as well. Whatever you decide, you want to make an informed decision. You won't be able to make one based on glossy, flashy exchange organziation websites. Good luck and please take good care of yourself. If you do decide to come over here, please know that we'll be here for you.
Jan
Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students
www.csfes.org
do YOU mean orange county OR Orange Cove. even though you might not care. i and everyone in Orange Cove do. we sometimes have shirts that say OC and people ask us if we are from Orange County. it always happened to us when we went to San Luis Obispo for a football game. it sucks.
Mark

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Sep 3, 2007
Please you all... AYUSA is a scam ! Beware of this program. I did go to Germany with this scam and there was a complete mess with my host family, school and a non-existant area coordinator that only call me twice for the entire program. They are rude in the phone and very slow in everything they do. I found many others like me in Germany and we are going to stop this crab, report them to the U.S. and German Goverments and create a blog with our bad experiences. Ayusa and Intrax sucks ! Beware of them.
Ellie

United States

#15 Aug 15, 2010
I hosted an exchange student. Sophia came from Germany to live with us in Anaheim, CA. Our coordinator hasn't neglected us, wasn't rude at all, and my school is a CA distinguished school. With the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes higher than any other in the district. Of course, everyone has their different experiences. It's 2010, maybe the program has improved :)
flacO loCo

Fresno, CA

#16 Aug 16, 2010
Can you imagine the shock of student expecting to live in Orange County and landing in Orange Cove? They would be better off with the Kentucky snake handlers. Then again, Orange Cove does have it's share of snakes. The two O.C.'s do have one thing in common...they are frequently mentioned in the same sentence as "Mickey Mouse", albeit in entirely different contexts.
Emma

United States

#17 Oct 9, 2010
Just use AFS :) THey're a lot more reliable, and they don't pay their host families. that way you know that the family really wants to open their home to you. Also,they've been doing it for longer, the liaisons check in at least monthly, etc.
Ellie

United States

#18 Oct 10, 2010
I hosted an exchange student with AYUSA, but I was never paid. Sophia signed up for the program knowing she might not get a family in the OC or in LA. That is made clear to all students.
gary brovetto

Woodland Park, CO

#19 Jan 25, 2012
I too hosted two exchange students-- ayusa didn't pay me anything. so far my expenses for the two exchange students cost me personally more than $8000. I get frustrated with many blogs on this and other sites which tend to vilify host parents trying to do the right thing
Kayoftexas

Fort Worth, TX

#20 Jun 5, 2013
AYUSA has place many exchange students in Sanger, Texas. Usually the students are placed in really bad homes. The same uneducated, low class host families are used year after year. The homes AYUSA places these exchange students in are, many times, manufactured homes in rotten neighborhoods. The exchange students tell of rats in the homes, unrealistic restriction on them, too much work in the horse stables and in the homes, and low quality food. The students have no one to turn to and when they do contact the AYUSA representative they are taken out of school for days and weeks for counseling by an uneducated representative. AYUSA takes the side of the host family every time. The way AYUSA, in Sanger, Texas, treats their exchange students makes me believes their reps believe all exchange students are spoiled rotten brats who are sent abroad by their parents to get them out of the house.
Don’t ever let any company place you in Sanger, Texas. I have briefly given examples…. so much more.

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