Ace International: Fostering International Friendships and a Passion for the Arts
In 1999 Debbie Avey founded Ace International as a high school foreign exchange program to bring French students to the United States for homestays with local families. A program that started with 15 students the first year, has now grown up to 500 students per year. Ace’s program features a strong focus on cultural exploration, as well as hospitality and tourism. For host families, most of which are from Oceanside and Vista, Ace’s homestay program provides exposure to French culture and an opportunity to make lifetime friendships. What began as an endeavor for fun, friendship and cultural discovery, has since developed into internship offerings for the French students. Ace International recently placed one of their interns, Maxime (Max) Koch, at the Oceanside Chamber. Max, a 20 year old student from France who recently completed his second internship through Ace, has made four additional trips to the United States because of his love for the country and the relationships he has built through his first high school exchange at the age of 16 and his current internships at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
Ace’s outreach has continued to expand and develop as Avey’s passion for fine arts and performing arts led to the creation of Three Strands Productions (TSP), the Performing Arts Division of ACE International. Three Strand Productions is about “all things performing arts and fine arts”, says Avey.
Avey’s real estate office, Staged Home Real Estate in Downtown Vista, acts as the platform for this division. It is an immaculately decorated centerpiece for the performing and fine arts community, and serves as a discount retail showroom for local artists to display their creative works in a home like setting. “Staged Homes Real Estate is the glue that holds it all together”, noted Avey.
The focus of Three Strands is to provide an avenue for local artists to share their passion with students, while being compensated for teaching the classes. A 6-week certificate program has been created to allow students to hone their skills in a variety of areas including sign art, iron works, photography, videography, painting and music to name a few.
Since arts have been largely removed from the public schools, Avey sees this program as a way to bring performing and fine arts back to the community at a higher level than ever before. The 6-week certification is just a beginning. “Our long term goal will be to create a degree program where local students can earn an AA degree in dance, music and a variety of arts.” Avey sees talent in the arts as a natural gifting that needs to be fostered. “At least 40% of students have a natural bent toward the arts”, said Avey. “We want to see these students have an opportunity to make a living doing what they are passionate about.” Three Strands Productions is a much needed stepping stone toward that goal.
The internet is providing a huge step toward this goal also, as it allows students to immediately showcase their talents to a worldwide audience.
Three Strands Productions currently has a call out to local artists who have achieved mastery level in their respective fields and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with students to teach these courses.
For more information on Ace International and Three Strand Productions, visit their website at www.aceinternational.us.
A Host Family is anyone who shares their home, culture, and life with an exchange student, in this case, from France. Host Families have the opportunity to create lasting memories and lifelong international friends. Host families can be individuals, couples, or have children of their own!
Introduce your family to a new language, new foods and music, and an entirely new culture without leaving home.
Your hospitality and support of diversity will make a statement to your family, schools and throughout the community.
Build lifelong friendships with students from across the globe.
One of the best parts about hosting with ACE International is being able to attend the excursions with your student. Many activities and tours are free while the Amusement park tickets can be purchased at discounted group rates.
ACE International gives each family a host family Hospitality allowance to help with the extra cost for food and gas. You will receive $400 for hosting one student or $700 for hosting two students for our short three week program. You also have the option to donate all or a portion of this allowance back to ACE International or another charity of your choice.
Win a Trip for 2 to Paris-Every time you host for our program, you get entered into the trip
ACE International is invites students age 13-19 to travel to Europe this summer for our exciting 3 week homestay program that starts in Paris and ends in Italy. ACE International planned many fun activities for the 21 days in Europe. This is the perfect trip for a young person to safely discover Europe!
An American chaperone and French chaperone will be present on all ACE excursions. Parents should feel confident sending their students to Europe with ACE International because we have been taking students abroad for over 15 years !
ACE International's summer trip is setup as a homestay so students can experience Europe from a local perspective. A homestay means students will be staying with a carefully selected French family. In addition to lodging, the host family provides meals and helps with transportation. ACE insures students will see the best of France and its neighboring countries, Italy and Germany. What are you waiting for!? Have the time of your life this summer in Europe with ACE International and have confidence with a program that has been providing safe and exciting programs for international students since 1999.
Three Strands Productions (TSP) is the Performing Arts Division of ACE International. TSP was launched in 2014 to bring performance arts back into our local communities. We accomplish this by offering a students the ability to develop their natural gifts and talents by working with masters in the field of music and arts. Participating students also have the opportunity to learn hands on music production, recording and engineering in our state-of-the-art music studio in North San Diego.
Are you a singer or accomplished musician between the ages of 15-30?
Our program works with young and emerging artists advance their personal and professional goals. All of our artists are mentored by experts in their field of music; this includes Grammy award winning producers, writers and choreographers. Together our artists produce an album and music video to share with the world. ACE provides the tools and experience; all you need to do is bring your talent!
As an artist, you will learn first hand how to create a successful career in the music industry and how to break into the Hollywood music scene. Artists will visit numerous destinations and behind-the-scenes tours in Hollywood to advance their knowledge of the music industry. Each artist will receive a CD of the music recorded and video produced along with a professional headshot. Participants will have the tools and knowledge needed to pursue a fun and exciting musical career.
Volunteers, Domestic Interns, Foreign Interns, Paid positions as Host Family Reps, Tour Guides and Placement Assistants