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Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan

Director of Operations - USA Short Term Programs

Katherine has been working in international education for 6 years and loves cultural exchange and all the new global and local friendships it brings.

Cene Kurtchi

Cene Kurtchi

Director of Operations - USA School Programs

Cene has over 20 years experience working in the student travel/ exchange industry and has helped students from all over the world have the best study abroad experience! She has been a Local Coordinator and has hosted several students over the years.

Christy Luedtka

Christy Luedtka

US Support and Development Manager

As a mom and former host mom, Christy has experienced the magic of hosting international students and welcoming them into her family. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Christy loves the Arizona desert weather that she calls home.

Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

CEO / Managing Director

Before taking over the UK based summer camp business back in 2002, “Lewi” as we call him, worked at camp as an instructor and later camp manager. Roll forward 16 years, and the company now operates across the globe with teams in America, England, Germany and China.

Ben Sinclair

Ben Sinclair

Director of Sales & Marketing

Ben also worked at our summer camps in England, pre-2002 and joined Lewi on the venture of taking over the company and transforming it into the independent global business we are today.

Partner Locally

Xplore partners with schools, community organizations, non-profits and charities across the country. Find out how your organization can get involved.

  • Invite international students to attend your school
  • Welcome students to volunteer at your non-profit or charity
  • Ask how your community can get involved!

About Xplore USA

Xplore USA is the American arm of ‘Xplore’, one of the last truly independent youth travel organizations working globally to provide quality study abroad opportunities for students.

In America, Xplore USA began back in 2007 with just a handful of host families in Asheville, NC welcoming 7 students for a 3-week homestay.

In the following years we grew steadily, recruiting more families in Asheville allowing us to accept more students from many different countries and adding new US destinations.

In 2013, our ‘MyChoice USA’ academic placement program was introduced, a program offering international students to attend an American high school while living with a host family. In 2015, we added our Colorado summer program, a unique homestay program, where our host families help shape the experience of our students.

Today, we welcome over 20 students each year to study full-time at high school, over 70 students each summer to Asheville and many international student groups throughout the year for tours around the US. Xplore students travel from countries such as Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and even from Egypt, Korea and China.