Pictured in back row (l to r): Stan Hook, Danelle Parrish, Ju Yeon Hwang (South Korea) and Hannah Hook. Front row: Casseopiea Manning, Kiana Manning, Nathan Hook, Caitlyn Manning
Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, recently announced that Danelle Parrish has joined Ayusa as a Community Representative. Parrish will be responsible for working with local American host families and international high school exchange students.
“We are all so excited to have Danelle join the Ayusa team in Central Vermont,” said Jessica Hook, Senior Regional Director, Ayusa. “Being involved with an organization like Ayusa takes dedication, determination and a love for people – something Danelle clearly does well.”
Ayusa Community Representatives act as the essential local link between Ayusa’s international students, local host families and local host high schools. Community Representatives facilitate student placements from beginning to end, work with host families, and coordinate with high schools. They also support students and families through the adjustment process of welcoming an international student as a new member of a family.
“Being a Community Representative for Ayusa gives me an opportunity to work with my community and open up doors for new adventures and experiences,” said Parrish, who is currently living in Plainfield. “Welcoming an exchange student is a great way to accomplish this, in addition to expanding cultural knowledge. Sharing the exchange student experience is just another thing I LOVE doing.”
Parrish has lived in Central Vermont for 30 years, and is very involved in the community. As a parent to five children, as well as hosting two exchange students, life keeps her busy. In addition, she also serves on the board for the Youth Sports Program, coaches girls soccer, as well as working full-time.
Ayusa is a 30-year-old nonprofit based in San Francisco, Calif. that is dedicated to providing individuals and communities with an invaluable perspective on other cultures and a more profound understanding of their role in the global community. For more information, visit www.ayusa.org.