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Council for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA) --
Exchange Students

(a non-profit organization)

At this writing, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were just over four years ago. The tragedy and conflict involved underscore even more the need for world peace programs such as ours, a program that promotes understanding, friendship, and cultural exchange. What is your passion in life? Music or other arts? Cooking? Gardening? Fitness / sports? Somewhere in this world, a teen is wanting to share it with you and for you to be his or her American family. Think globally! Share your hobby, American pride, and life with an international teen. Host an exchange student from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong / China, and other countries for a semester, school year, or calendar year. CETUSA seeks host families all year long.

These teens speak English, are insured, and bring spending money. A local coordinator gets students into schools. Single adults often qualify as hosts, and an exchange student may share a room with a teen host sibling. The international teens are usually 16 or 17 years old and arrive in August or January. Students from Bulgaria, South Korea, and Hong Kong have already been placed for the 2005-06 program in or near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Past students' activities have included outdoor concerts, basketball, soccer, festivals, Ultimate Frisbee, amusement parks, traveling, American football, harmonica playing ("Take Me Home, Country Road") and participation in Jewish holidays. Click here for more information about being a host family and participating in the cultural exchange. Please do not think, "I won't volunteer because others will." If you want to host, please contact CETUSA now! Hosting a student is a wonderful way to be an American ambassador. As one CETUSA manager said, "Our students and hosts do more for international relations than our governments could ever hope to do." CETUSA' s mission is:

"Reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding."

CETUSA is proud of its inclusion in the yearly listing published by CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel). For more information, e-mail Betsy, local community coordinator in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. She is eager to answer your questions and can talk for a long time about exchange students! Her e-mail address is: ,or call CETUSA toll free at 1-888-CETUSA1.

Holiday party! Left picture: Here are two boys from Brazil, both of whom are named Rubens, with Betsy at a holiday holiday party. They were answering the question, "What is better than one Rubens?" The answer: "Two Rubenses!"

Right picture: Though these exchange students are cold, they are having a better time than Katie, the cat, is having! The students are at a service to bless animals. With the students is Allen, a student of life. Beside Allen is Yvonne from Germany, followed by Karn from Thailand and Joscha, also from Germany.
Exchange students at an animal blessing  

Joshua at the Culture Fest in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park!

This month's International Factoid:
The highest point in Venezuela is Pico Bolivar, standing at 16,427 feet / 5,007 meters.

What is the capital of Barbados in the West Indies, and what is its population?
Click on the flag for the answer. The flag might give you a button on which to click at the bottom of your screen.

Here is Joscha from Germany; he is at Chattanooga's CultureFest and enjoying sharing about his own culture while learning about others.