The Program: Ayusa is a non-profit high school student exchange organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, with community representatives in communities all over the United States and offices and partner overseas. Each year, Ayusa welcomes students from over 60 countries worldwide. Ayusa is a J-1 visa program and regulated by the U.S. Department of State.
Our Students: Ayusa students have strong academic records and good English skills. They must demonstrate the personal motivation and maturity necessary to have a successful experience while in America. Students bring their own spending money and health insurance. They attend local public or private high schools across the United States.
Our Host Families: Volunteer Host Families provide safe, supportive stable home environments, three meals per day and a chance to become a part of an American family.
The Community Representative position: A significant portion of the CR role involves marketing the program through outreach and networking. Those best suited for CR work have the following skills/characteristics:
- Sales, networking and/or community outreach experience
- Knowledge of your local schools systems
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work independently and complete tasks by deadline
Basic responsibilities include:
- Act as point person for local high schools. Determine space availability and procedures for enrolling Ayusa students.
- Attend all meetings and complete all paperwork required by your high school systems in order to place Ayusa students.
- Recruit, screen and qualify Host Families. Ayusa training will provide many creative suggestions for finding quality host families. Ayusa provides all the material you will use for your recruitment efforts.
- Respond to hosting inquiries. Follow up as needed.
- Conduct host family interviews, visiting all family members and assessing home environments. Maintain contact with host families, before and after the students arrive.
- Participate in student and host family orientations.
- Conduct monthly check-ins with students and host families. Complete monthly progress reports on each student. One in-person visit to host families and students is required once a semester.
- Provide assistance and support to students, host families and schools throughout the length of the program. Act as back up host in the case of an emergency.
- Complete all required training.
Compensation: Up to $1000.00 per student placed and supervised as well as travel and financial incentives