Academic Year in America (AYA) is seeking Gardner area families to play host to exchange students in their homes for four to six weeks.
The organization will bring hundreds of high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to the United States this year. The program tailor matches families and students from more than 30 countries such as Germany, China, Brazil and Italy.
Tim McMahon has hosted five students through AYA.
“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.”
There are several key elements to the hosting experience. For five or 10 months, host families must provide their student with two meals a day and a place to sleep and study. Most importantly, they must welcome their student into their home as if they were a son or daughter. To help facilitate the exchange experience, host families will receive full support from an AYA Local Coordinator.
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 Stella at (800) 322-4678, ext. 5164 or e-mail [email protected] Visit AYA on the web at www.academicyear.org.
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.