Host families sought for exchange students |

Host families sought for exchange students

Host families are need for international scholarship exchange students who have been selected to spend an academic year attending a local high school in the Lake Tahoe area. Two of the students will arrive the first week in August and the other mid-August, so host families are needed immediately. The students can attend South Tahoe, George Whittell, Incline or North Tahoe high schools. They are all athletic and among the top in their classes.

The students all have their own spending money and insurance. They are responsible for their personal items such as clothing, school lunches, entertainment and travel expenses. Host families provide room and board. All families also receive a $50 per month tax credit for hosting. The students speak fluent English and are part of a government scholarship program administered through the U.S. Department of State, Kiwanis International Exchange and AYUSA Exchange called the Future Leader Exchange or FLEX. Although there is no direct monetary compensation, most families discover the rewards they receive from hosting an exchange student far outweighs the cost.

AYUSA provides thorough training and support that includes an orientation and a handbook that answers questions. A community representative is assigned to host families and their students and host families keep in touch with one another throughout the year.

To become a host family or for more information call Tracy Traum, community representative for AYUSA International, at (775) 586-1044 or e-mail

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