Ayusa Students and Host Families Share Their Stories

Over the years, we have collected many of our favorite Ayusa stories which demonstrate the special things that happen when different international students and host families share their cultures with one another. We hope you enjoy them.

Do you have a story to share? Please let us know!

Commencement Winner Reflects and Looks to the Future
“…we are beginning and carving a path that is much more powerful and significant for all.”
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Host Mom Shares Year-Long Story of “Danish Daughter”
“What an amazing experience it has been, one that will continue for a lifetime…”
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Get a Taste of Egypt – Sharing Cultures Through Food
Ayusa YES student, Lydia from Egypt, shares her country with her host family through koshari
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Standing Ovation for Ayusa YES Student at Annual Conference
Eman shares her exchange experience with Ayusa field staff, partners, and HQ
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YES Students Participate in Global Youth Service Day
Students are thankful they are able to give back to their host community
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Ayusa 2015 Commencement Speech Contest
Not everyone gets a chance to speak to their graduating class ... until now
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Ayusa YES Alumnus Making a Difference In Home Country
Tamba created a scholarship to fight illiteracy and make a difference for other students
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Spring Semester YES Student Making Most Of Program
Jin-Shen joined his school’s robotics team in January and has had a pivotal role since
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Opening Host Family Does Not Hesitate in Embracing Program
The Jameel Family has “never given me a chance to miss my family.”
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CSC Winners Put In Time, Receive More Than Expected Back
Giving back to their host communities was just one reason students volunteered
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