Host families needed for housing students

Ayusa International is launching its annual search for families in Washington interested in hosting international students for the 2014-15 school year.

The nonprofit is searching for host families throughout the state, specifically in and around Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and Yakima.

Families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees and single people are welcome. Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom (either private or shared). Each exchange student is supported by a professionally trained local representative from Ayusa who works closely with the family, student and local school.

The students are 15 to 18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including Brazil, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, France, the Netherlands, Morocco, China and Spain. Students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English.

Families interested in learning more about hosting a student can go to www.ayusa.org or call 888-552-9872.