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AIFS Foundation

Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2012

Media Contact:
Mike Liberty

American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation
(203) 399-5187
mliberty@aifs.com
www.aifs.com

Embrace the Spirit of Giving this Holiday Season With AYA

Stamford, CT – November 5, 2012 – With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, what better time to give? And with high school students from all over the world coming to the U.S. with Academic Year in America (AYA), what better opportunity to give then by opening your heart and home to an exchange student?

In January of 2013, AYA will welcome students from across the globe and is looking for caring, enthusiastic host families for the spring term.

Each year, AYA brings almost 1,000 students age 15 to 181/2 to the United States. With AYA’s tailored matching system, families have the unique opportunity to find a student who will be the perfect fit for their household. Students come from more than 30 countries, such as Germany, Brazil, France, Italy and South Africa and have a multitude of diverse talents and interests.

Bringing an international student into your home is an excellent way to give your family a “world view” of a different culture, according to host dad 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. For 5 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 he or she were a son or daughter. To help facilitate the exchange experience, host families will receive assistance 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 email aya.info@aifs.org. Visit AYA on the web at www.academicyear.org.


About Academic Year in America (AYA)
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. For more than 25 years, AYA has offered more than 20,000 students and host families the rewarding experience of learning about another culture and language and making new lifelong friends.