Council for Education 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.

Our Mission

The mission of CETUSA is “reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding” for the students, host families and communities that are part of the exchange experience.

Programs

  • semester or year-long high school exchange with host family placement
  • outbound program where high school students in the USA can study abroad
  • training program for young professionals
  • internship program for university students

Each program has specific eligibility requirements with the opportunity to live in cities and towns across the United States.

CETUSA has a Corporate Office in Grand Rapids Michigan and also has an office in Bellingham, Washington. There are Regional Directors as well as Local Coordinators who are located in the communities where the international students are placed.

Terry Watson

Board Member

Terry 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.

Kim Carter

Executive Director

Kim has lived abroad and is very passionate about our mission. Kim began working with CETUSA in 2014 and brings an extensive background in organizational development and communications.

Kevin Watson

Director of the Trainee and Internship Programs

Kevin 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.

Michael Dulay

Director of High School Program Operations

Michael started in 2018 with CETUSA. He comes from a finance and organizational management background in the post secondary higher education industry.

Lisa Turnwall

High School Placement Director

Lisa 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.

Martin Emmerson

Director of Student Services

Martin comes from many years of multicultural life and work within several African countries and in the USA. This has primarily been in the ‘church’ world involving extensive experience with not only adults but personal involvement in care and education of youth.

generation study abroad
iso certified

Fully accredited

CETUSA is granted full listing in the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) Advisory List and is a commitment member of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative.

View Quality Policy Statement

As of December 14th, 2018, CETUSA has obtained the ISO 2015 Standard certification. We strive to provide the BEST services to both our students and external partners and the ISO certification confirms we demonstrate the ability to provide our services in a consistent manner while still meeting regulatory requirements.