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Three Students from China Need You!

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Children of All Nation’s newest program offers opportunities for high school students from China to visit the United States, study for a year in a local high school, and live with a host family to learn more about American culture. Are you interested in sharing about your traditions while learning more about Chinese customs? Then our J-1 Visa High School Program is for you!

Learn just a little bit about the students in our program by getting in touch with a Program Coordinator

Host families are expected to provide meals, a room, and a supportive environment for these students to live, grow, and study in. Students will come with their own spending money and an open heart for your family! In return, you’ll get all the benefits of travel and learning about another culture without ever having to leave your home. While families cannot receive compensation for hosting a student, there is an approved IRS deduction of $50 per month families can quote on their taxes. This is a volunteer opportunity to reach out into the world and make it just a little smaller, connecting one family to another across an ocean.

Our three students from China have written amazing welcome letters to their potential host families, and we would be excited to tell you more about each one of them. If you think you’re ready to open your heart and home to one of these students, click here to contact an SAE Program Coordinator Today!

From Our Students and Their Families

A Meet “A”
Anyway, my friends all said I have a great temper, because there isnt something that can drive me really mad. I have tons of friends, even foreigners. And I guess that is because I love communicating with different people. Im looking forward to living with you, and experiencing the life in America! 
L From “L’s” Parents  
I sincerely thank you for your hospitality and I also hope my daughter will bring you infinite joy and everlasting memories in the coming year. Hopefully, you will find time to visit and we will surely give you a sincere and warm welcome.
N Meet “N”
I also love sci-fi, I am a big fun of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’. I want to be a captain and travel in space like James Kirk. If you think that’s all, then you are definitely wrong. I like old classical movies too, my favorite series is ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Back to the Future.’ I like spy movies and comedy film, too!

If you’d like to find out more about the students in our program, contact a Program Coordinator to receive a Student Profile! They might be the perfect fit for your family’s new adventure in cultural exchange!

BECOME A LOCAL COORDINATOR!

Not ready to be a host family yourself, but know lots of people in your community excited about cultural exchange? Consider becoming a Local Coordinator with SAE, and get paid to help students achieve their dream of coming to the United States for a year of study!

Student Exchange Students

Local Coordinators are contracted to work with Student Ambassador Exchange. LCs have an exciting, flexible role in the J-1 Visa Secondary Student Program because they get to manage their own schedule and set their own methods of recruitment for host families and schools. LCs must be able to provide for their own travel expenses and supply materials needed for the position.

Find out more about becoming a Local Coordinator at this link, and fill out your application today!

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Host Families Needed in Austin, Houston, and Dallas

Children of All Nations is excited to announce the opening of the Student Ambassador Exchange department. This department will provide opportunities for students from China and around the world to come to the United States, learn about American culture, and share a little bit of their culture with their host families.

Through its work in adoption, orphan hosting, and student exchange, the larger organization that is Children of All Nations seeks to connect the world through cultural exchange. It is our belief at Children of All Nations, and at SAE, that a broader understanding of cultures different from our own can make a better world for tomorrow.

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Our first three students from China have applied to the program, and we are hoping that YOU are ready to open your home to this amazing cultural experience and allow a student to study and learn with you! Hosting is a volunteer opportunity. SAE cannot compensate families for their amazing service, but, the Internal Revenue Service has authorized families to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns. Students will attend the family’s local high school, eat meals with the family, and enjoy the experience of improving their English while learning American customs from you! This opportunity is for those who love to travel, learn, and share their culture.

If you’re interested in becoming a host family, click here to read more about our J-1 Visa Program or contact an SAE Program Coordinator today! We would love to have you on this journey with us!

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Now Boarding: The 2016/17 High School J-1 Visa Program!

Student Ambassador Exchange is excited to announce that our J-1 Visa Program is underway! Our is listed on the U.S. State Department’s website of official J-1 Sponsorship Programs for Secondary School Students – we’re listed under our parent company, Children of All Nations.

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International high school students interested in completing a single semester or a year of study in the United States should inquire with their interest in our program. We have spots available for the 2016/17 school year – are you ready to start your educational journey in the US? If so, get in touch with an SAE Program Coordinator today! Contact emily@saeglobal.org or fill out our inquiry form, and we will get back in touch with you within 24 business hours.

The Department of State has a toll free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students. The toll free number can be used by host families, exchange students, and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety, and well-being during their exchange visitor programs. You can also email the Department at jvisas@state.gov.
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Seeking Host Families in Austin, Texas

Open Your Home to Student Exchange!

We are currently recruiting host families for our Homestay Program in Austin, Texas. We have partnered with St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and will be assisting them in finding host families for their international students. It presents you with the opportunity to learn more about a culture different from your own and allows you to help a student grow and learn as they live with you during the school year. You’ll have the support of a SAE/CAN Program Coordinator and receive a small monthly stipend to offset the costs of housing the student.

Families should have a bedroom available for exchange students, which may be shared with a child of the same gender and approximate age. Families should also be willing to assist the student in getting to and from school, or to St. Michael’s convenient drop-off transportation locations in Austin.

To complete an application, host families will need:

  • An SAE Host Family Application
  • A federal and state background check
  • A home safety visit
  • Two letters of reference
  • A phone interview with a local Program Coordinator
  • Provide three daily meals to the exchange student
  • A separate, which may be in a shared bedroom with a host sibling of similar age and same gender
  • Use of a laundry machine and facilities
  • A bathroom, which may be shared
  • Transportation to and from St. Michael’s or to the local St. Michael’s transportation location for school
  • Access to telephone and internet (wifi) to contact the local Program Coordinator and/or the student’s family at least once a week

For more on host family requirements, you can contact the SAE Lead Program Coordinator at cayce@saeglobal.org or complete the inquiry form on the right side of the page. You can also call (512) 323-9595 at ext. 3062 about filling out an application today!

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CSIET Member Listed

We are proud to announce that The Council on Standards for the International Educational Travel has approved Student Ambassador Exchange as a listed member! This means that SAE meets the ethics and standards of the most widely recognized organization on exchange programs in the United States.

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Inbound Program 2016

Cultural Exchange programs offer international students the opportunity to visit the United States for a month. Students will visit different U.S. cities such as Austin, Boston, and Berkley, and improve their English skills through full cultural immersion. Cultural Exchange programs are available on the east and west coasts of the US. SAE will launch its first Inbound Program in the Summer of 2016!

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Host Families Needed

Connecting International Students to Caring Host Families

The goal of the SAE Homestay Program is to assist international students in identifying quality screened host families to stay with while they are studying in the United States. Many students from abroad send applications to schools, only to find out they cannot attend school without a local address and guardian. Student Ambassador Exchange will help you find a host family excited for your school year and the cultural experiences you bring!

Student Ambassador Exchange also assists schools who would like to have more international students on their campuses but who do not offer host family finding services to their applicants. We can assist your students in finding a local host family in your area that is carefully screened and excited to have an international student in their home.

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Student Ambassador Exchange prides itself on providing students with high quality host families during their stay in the United States. The biggest benefit of our program is total language and cultural immersion with an American family. This allows students in our program to progress in their language development at home while being able to focus on academics at school.  At the same time, host families get to experience the adventure of sharing a home with someone from a different culture.  It is a great way to see the world from a different perspective without ever leaving your home!

Interested in becoming a host family? Use this page to learn more about the process!

Students who apply to come to the United States through Student Ambassador Exchange demonstrate enormous potential, in and out of school. They are typically aged between 15 and 18, and none of them have completed high school in their home country. We require all students to demonstrate academic competency for enrollment in a rigorous educational program.  In addition, all applicants are in great health. Beyond that, they each come with their own interests and personalities. Extracurricular activities range from competitive robot clubs to dancing and singing in school talent shows. Most of our students come from small, close knit families. Some may have 1-2 siblings while others are only children. As a result they are incredibly close to their family and involved in the daily routine. With time, these students will adjust to their new surroundings and become a part of your daily routine too!

Meet Our Exchange Students Here!

While there is no exact formula to determine the perfect host family, here are some common qualities we see in our host families:

  • passion for learning about a new culture
  • pride for their town and a desire to introduce a student to new customs
  • willing to help with school transportation as needed
  • ready to step into the parenting role for a student
  • space to host a student
  • full of ideas on what to show a student

Does any of this sound like you? Contact a program coordinator for more information today!

We do not charge host families any fees for hosting an exchange student! However, host families should be ready to be responsible for the following:

Room & Board

Students can have their own bedroom or share a bedroom with a child of the same sex. However, the student needs to have his or her own bed, and it should be a bed that is neither convertible nor inflatable in nature.  In addition, the student should have adequate storage space for clothes and personal belongings, reasonable access to the bathroom, and a place where they can study.  We ask all families to go over their emergency plans with the student so that they will know how to exit the home if necessary.

Host families should provide the student with 3 meals a day, except on school days when the student will be provided with lunch at school. Students will bring funds to cover school fees, including school lunch, books, and school events.

Transportation

In general, students will be able to ride the bus to school. However, in situations where this is not an option, host families will need to arrange transportation for the student. They can either ride with a host parent or carpool with any licensed driver. Students may not, at any point in their stay, operate a vehicle or take driving lessons.

Student Ambassador Exchange guides students through the visa paperwork process and provides them with medical insurance during their time in the United States. In addition, we offer 24/7 support for students and host families. There will be a Local Coordinator in the area to provide host family and student orientations. The Local Coordinator will also check in at least once a month in person or by phone or email to make sure that everything is going well.  They will be able to address any conflicts that come up over the exchange program, and they will also help provide cultural opportunities for the student. In the event of an emergency, Student Ambassador Exchange Headquarters maintains an emergency phone that host families can call at any time.

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