December 6, 2020

SMH

Santa Maria History

International trade learners find short term house, eternally family by system

Most days, April Bray has 8 young children residing under her roof. And though 6 of them are organic – and everlasting – the other two keep for a time and then go out as two new small children choose their place.

Bray’s loved ones is a host household for Ayusa Worldwide, a nonprofit overseas exchange pupil system involving the U.S. and extra than 70 other international locations. Every yr, the Bray household opens their hearts and residence to significant faculty pupils from throughout the world. In addition to getting a overseas trade college student host, Bray is the regional supervisor for the southwest division of Ayusa.

The college students from Ayusa are living here and show up at superior college in Katy ISD. They excellent their English and take in American lifestyle. They provide a piece of their homeland to their new family members and open up them to a distinct way of life. When the student returns to their country, they provide their activities household with them and share them with their very own culture.


The trade pupils are a varied selection of nationalities, religions and economic backgrounds, but they all share a frequent target- to arrive to the U.S. to experience the American Dream.

In the Ayusa system, youngsters reside with a host spouse and children for 5 to 10 months. The host loved ones opens their household to the university student and gives totally free room and board. The pupils provide their individual funds for garments and other requirements, but foods, boarding and utilities are delivered at no charge by the host relatives.

The students have their individual health insurance but are not allowed to have a occupation or drive a car because of to their visa standing.

“The host spouse and children has to give 3 meals a day. They have to supply a mattress- they can share a place with a sibling – and take care of the pupil as a member of the relatives, not a guest,” Bray spelled out. “But you give them chores, make them have spouse and children time with you- points like that.”

Ideally the college students grow to be a member of the relatives with whom they will have an enduring romantic relationship. “I brag about (my exchange student, Lena) like a mother,” stated host mother Anne Seppa. “Lena is no extended a ‘foreign trade student’ but a member of our family members. It feels normal to phone her my daughter.”

It’s a competitive software for the exchange college students to get into. In accordance to Bray, Ayusa has a 3 per cent acceptance amount. “I’ve heard it’s more durable to get into our program than it is to get into Harvard,” she explained. “These youngsters really want to get into this application.”

Elvira Muratovic will be a first-time host mom for an exchange university student this year when the system reopens. Muratovic grew up in Bosnia, and European international locations trade pupils considerably more routinely than the U.S.

For Muratovic, the determination to host an trade scholar was based on the gain to her spouse and children to have a foreign pupil residing in their property.

Muratovic has a few sons, and her loved ones will be internet hosting a teenage boy from Germany. “I cannot just take my little ones all about the environment, but I can bring the planet to them,” she explained. “The best way to expose your little one to lifestyle and languages is to provide somebody into your household for a couple months and have your kid learn from them.”