Council for Educational Travel, USA

  • Council for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA) is a not-for-profit international student exchange organization coordinating exchange experiences for high school students, university students and young professionals.  CETUSA is a US Department of State Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) sponsor organization.
  • The mission of CETUSA is “to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding” for the students, host families and communities that are part of the exchange experience.
  • Founded in 1995 by Rick Anaya in Hesperia, California, CETUSA has coordinated exchanges for over 80,000 students.
  • Programs with CETUSA include:
    • a semester or academic year high school exchange with host family placement,
    • the American Cultural Experience (ACE) High School Prep summer program housed on a university campus,
    • an outbound study abroad program for American students studying overseas,
    • a training program for young professionals and
    • an internship program for university students.
  • CETUSA has offices in San Clemente, California; Bellingham, Washington and Grand Rapids, Michigan with community coordinators located in the communities where the international students are placed.
  • CETUSA’s management team has many years of experience in the student exchange field as well as a personal commitment to the CETUSA mission that they live every day.
    • Rick Anaya, Founder and CEO of CETUSA, has worked in this field hosting, placing and administering exchange programs for more than 30 years.  He is the Founder and former President of PACE Institute.
    • Terry Watson, President, has devoted more than 30 years of his professional life to this mission.  In addition to hosting and placing exchange students, he founded a short-term program and administered programs for what was once the largest homestay organization in the United States
    • Lisa Turnwall, High School Program Director, and her family hosted their first high school student in 1981.  Lisa began her career in student exchange in 2006 after a number of years in the corporate world and succeeded her mother, Peg Spoelstra, as Program Director in 2015.
    • Kevin Watson, Director of the Trainee and Internship Programs, lived and taught English for several years in China and has worked in the international student exchange field for more than 20 years.  Kevin took over the Training & Internship Programs in 2012.
  • CETUSA is granted full listing in the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) Advisory List, is a commitment member of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and is a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSTC) and the WYSE Work Abroad Association.