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Council for Educational Travel, USA

CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

Date archive for: September 2015

Interview with CETUSA Exchange Coordinator Cathy French

Posted in CETUSA News, and High School Program

As the exchange coordinator, what are some examples of what exactly you do?

I ensure the maintenance of a high quality exchange by supervising the exchange student, host family and school, meet with students monthly to discuss grades and important issues about the exchange, and host a social event each month where we do things like laser tag, or ice skating.

How do students in other countries become exchange students at MHS?

Foreign students sign up with an exchange agency in their natural country who may place them with CETUSA. From there, host families for MHS can search through my available students and find perfect fits for their family. Families can search by common interests in sports, hobbies, religion, careers and more!

Are there any special requirements to become an exchange student at MHS, for example, having certain test scores, or marks in school?

CETUSA has some of the strictest requirements for their students. They must have a minimum English test score, a grade average B- or higher and go through an oral interview to be accepted.

How do you choose the families that host exchange students? What requirements are there for someone that wants to house a foreign exchange student?

All types of families can be good hosts! Single parent homes, empty nesters and retirees, traditional families. Host families must pass a criminal background check, supply references, and have a clean, loving home.

What do you look for in a host family in order to match them with a certain student?

I look for families who have a desire to learn about other cultures and want to enrich their lives with this experience! The word “exchange” means that both the student and host family want to learn about each other and end up with a forever relationship!