Why Host?

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"My reasons for starting Ayusa were 100% influenced by my own study abroad experience in Japan. In 1966 I was a Midwestern boy from Illinois who'd never been west of the Mississippi until I went to Japan. The experience opened my eyes to the world around me and for the last 40 years I've been creating programs that expose people of all ages to different cultures and ideas."

John Wilhelm,
Co-founder of Ayusa

  • Meet exceptional students from 60+ countries
  • Change the course of a young person's life
  • Introduce your family to a new culture & language
  • Receive a $50 per month tax deduction
  • A safe, caring environment
  • Three meals a day
  • A private or shared bedroom (with a host sibling of the same gender)

Every year thousands of American families open their hearts and homes to a high school exchange student. For many exchange students, going to a barbeque, riding the school bus or cheering on a local football team is a novelty, an experience they'll remember for years to come. We invite you to share your home and traditions with an exchange student this year and show them a slice of American life.

Host an Exchange Student

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