The Academic Year in America student exchange organization is looking for Boardman families to host high school exchange students from all over the world.
This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students to the U.S. to learn about American culture while living with volunteer host families and studying at high schools across the nation. American families also have the unique opportunity to learn about the student’s culture during this mutually rewarding exchange.
AYA can help families find the ideal student for their home. The result is an enriching, lifelong relationship with a young person from abroad. In addition, for families looking to learn more about a specific culture or language, hosting a student is a fantastic way to experience the world without leaving home.
Students are ages 15 to 18 and arrive with full medical insurance, spending money and the hopes of experiencing life in America. The students stay with their host for five or 10 months and attend the local According to AYA director Melanie French, an important aspect of the program is that there are many types of people who can host. "Just as there is no typical American family, there is no typical host family," said French. "Retirees, single parents and young couples are all able to give an international student a good home. Some host families may not even have children of their own. Bringing a student into your home can mean giving the gift of culture to yourself, your family, your community."
To learn more about hosting an exchange student with AYA, call Stella at 800-322-4678, ext. 5164, or visit www.academicyear.org.