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Wadsworth Offers New Foreign Exchange Opportunities

Foreign exchange students’ families are needed for the students for the 2024-2025 school year. Both ISE (International Student Exchange) and AYA (Academic Year in America) are looking for host families. 

To become a host family, there is a vetting process. In this process, there’s an application, some personal references, a home interview, and a criminal background check.

“[A requirement for host families is that they] try to give students new experiences, helping them while away from their families, and making sure they are comfortable and welcomed into the family,” said Karen Hamilton, ISE Area Representative of 17 years.

With hosting, families can be a welcome family with a two-month commitment, a semester host family with a five-month commitment, or a host for a full academic year. Students usually apply the year before they actually come over to the schools. 

This graphic represents the different areas where the upcoming foreign exchange students are coming from. The pins represent specific countries students are traveling from. Graphic by Larking Tackett.

The exchange students get together every month in the ISE program to do activities in the area. This organization has opportunities for American students to study abroad as well.

“I have five students here currently, in most years it is about eight to ten,” Hamilton said.

The deadline for ISE, to place any exchange students, is August 31. The organization works to make sure every student who applies is placed.

“[Hosting] is a very rewarding experience for both the students and the families,” Hamilton said.

“I was nervous about getting an exchange student while having young children at home, 3, 8, 11, but she was amazing with them all,” said Christine Hunter, foreign exchange student host. “Don’t let having young kids hold you back from experiencing this adventure.”

With the AYA organization, the hosting process is an application to be filled out and then the coordinator will get in touch. The coordinator will do an in-home visit call the references listed and finally select a student to host.

“The students get to experience everything you do in the U.S.,” said Regenia Spoerndle, Local Coordinator for AYA and host mom.

The AYA program goes all across the United States. Every state in interest has a coordinator to help future hosts and students.

The host has to be at least twenty-five years old to register for AYA’s program.

“The concept of cultural exchange is about getting average people together to make friendships and be all over the world,” Spoerndle said.

 If interested in hosting for ISE, contact Hamilton at [email protected] or 330-328-9943 or visit for more details or to receive an application to host. Make sure to mention The Bruin if you decide to host, and help support Wadsworth High School.

If interested in hosting for AYA, contact Spoerndle at 330-701-4440, or visit the AYA website at The host has to be at least twenty-five years old to register for AYA’s program.


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Larkin Tackett
Larkin Tackett, Staff Writer
Larkin Tackett is a sophomore and it is her first year on the Bruin staff. She is currently a staff writer but she wants to be an editor in the future. She took the Newspaper/Yearbook 1 class her freshman year and immediately knew that she wanted to be on the Bruin. Her favorite part of being on the Bruin staff is getting to hang out with fellow staff members and learning some new things about news and newspapers. The Bruin has taught her how to work under a deadline and get things done under an amount of stress. She has grown so much due to this class and wants to continue growing. She is looking forward to seeing the staff's growth in writing, layout, and collaboration from issue to issue and improving for the years going forward. She also looks forward to deepening relations within the staff and creating new ones with future staff members.
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