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Discover the incredibly colourful kalei-

doscope of America!

This young country

of the West encompasses such a variety of

climates, customs, and ethnic groups in its

immense dimensions that it’s like a living


Imagine the excitement and sophistication of

the “Big Apple,” New York City. The spec-

tacular autumns of a quaint New England

village; the bustle of university life in historic

Boston. The gracious and warm hospital-

ity of the Old South; Florida’s sub-tropical

gentle breezes. The Midwest heartland with

its beautiful lakes, forests and gently rolling

hills. America’s “Wild West” stretching from

the rugged Rocky Mountains to the wide

open spaces of Texas ranch country. Califor-



nia where the stars glitter from the beaches of

Malibu, the cable cars of San Francisco or the

hills of Hollywood.

The USA brings us Levi’s and T-shirts, high-

tech Silicon Valley and giant skyscrapers, rap

music and cinema, world-class symphonies

and basketball, Disneyland® and McDon-


The USA is also middle-America filled with

families living in towns, cities and suburbs

throughout the country. You will live with a

family who is looking forward to sharing their

home and lifestyle with ASSE exchange stu-

dents of all nationalities.

As an ASSE exchange student to the USA,

you will not only improve your English (if it’s

not your first language), but also gain a great-

er understanding of the diversity of this coun-

try’s people. While in school, you will deepen

your appreciation of the history and society of

this diverse and ever-changing country. Learn

firsthand why Americans are known for their

“can-do” attitude as you become part of your

host school and host family. As a member of

your ASSE host family, you will experience what

it means to live as an American. Whether you

are chatting with your “brothers” or “sisters” or

perhaps helping your host parents set the table

for Sunday dinner, you will enjoy a daily life

filled with laughter, love and learning.

And get excited about attending a typical

American high school where there are a million

and one activities in which to get involved—in

addition to studying, of course. You can play in

a band, become a cheerleader, act in a school

play, run for student government, study art, join

a debate club, write for the school newspaper,

or play a wide variety of school sports, includ-