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Show your compassion, generosity and openness by hosting an international student this Summer. USAI, a not-for-profit educational organization based in New York, is looking for host families in the North East interested in hosting an international student this summer for 3 or 4 weeks. Students come from Europe, are 13 to 17 years old, have at least an intermediate level of English and are expected to share all aspects of their cultural background with their host families. They are motivated, polite and eager to learn. They bring their own pocket money and are fully insured.
Families receive a total stipend of $700 for a four week stay to help cover food, a/p transportation and living costs. Families can host up to 2 students from different nationalities when available at the same time, so compensation in this case can reach a total stipend of $1,400 for a 4 week stay.
Host families can have teens or young children and be single-parent households but must have an adult always at home. As the students do not attend school or camp, families are asked to treat them like members of their own families and involve them in all home activities, excursions and day-to-day chores. Most importantly, they are expected to provide a stable, safe and caring environment.
Unlike most placement agencies, USAI is an American organization. We are not a subsidiary of, an affiliate of, an alter-ego of or in partnership with any foreign agency. Our directors are US citizens. 100% of all funds generated by our programs stays in the local economy. We will come to your home to explain the program and support you during the entire process.
There are many advantages to hosting:
* It's a short time-frame, 3 or 4 weeks, in July and August. Students adjust their travel dates to their families' availability during the summer time. Many families use this opportunity as a test before hosting a high school exchange student.
* It can make your summer plans more interesting for the entire family (some of our families even choose to travel with their students).
* It's a great cross-cultural experience to help your family gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and can lead to lifelong friendships.
* Hosting international students can be cited in resumes and college applications to demonstrate intercultural experience.
If you think you may be interested in hosting a USAI international student this summer please fill out a host family questionnaire at http://usaimmersion.org/host-family-registration/host-registration/ and we will contact you right away. You can respond to this post by email or contact us at 845-876-7112. Thank you.