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Organization looking for families to host students

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The organization Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Brazil area families to play host to the world by welcoming an exchange student into their home for 4-6 weeks.

This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students, age 15-18, to the United States.

With AYA's tailored matching system, families have the unique opportunity to find a student who will be a "perfect fit" for their household.

Students come from more than 30 countries, such as Germany, China, Brazil and Italy and have a multitude of diverse talents and interests.

Bringing an international student into the home is an excellent way to give families a "world view" of a different culture, according to host father Tim McMahon, whose family has hosted five AYA students.

"The result is that my children have made friends and traveled around the globe," McMahon said.

"My children have visited several of our students on their own and have made extremely close and personal friendships. In fact, our entire family has visited the families of two of our exchange students and developed close friendships between the families."

There are several key elements to the hosting experience.

During the period, host families must provide their student with two meals a day, in addition to a place to sleep and study.

To help facilitate the exchange experience, host families will receive full support from an AYA local coordinator located in their community.

AYA is a not-for-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer J-1 visas to international students.

AYA is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation, which was founded with the assistance of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

To learn more about hosting an exchange student with AYA, call 1-800-322-4678 Ext. 5164 or e-mail aya.info@aifs.org.

For more information on AYA, log on to its website at www.academicyear.org.

AYA is one of the largest and most respected high school/home-stay programs in the United States.

The organization was founded in 1981 and has offered more than 30,000 students and host families the experience of learning about another culture.

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