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Our Stories

Welcome to Ayusa's stories! Here you will find first-hand experiences from our program, recipes submitted by our students, tips and activities, contests, and so much more!

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4 Reasons to Host Another Exchange Student

Ayusa reached out to two veteran host families about why they choose to continue to host students year after year. The Coutu family has hosted 45 students and have already signed up to host their 46th. The Estes family has hosted several students over the years from around the globe. Here are four reasons why they say you should open your home and heart again to another high school exchange student.

A Letter from Ayusa's German Exchange Student Judith

Judith, an Ayusa student from Germany, spent her exchange year with the Justus family in Wisconsin. She wrote a sweet letter to her Ayusa Community Representative that talks about her favorite memories from each month. 

Ayusa’s German Office Wins Award for Excellence in Customer Service

Ayusa's Berlin office was ranked number one in a study of German study abroad agencies. Whether your are thinking of studying abroad in Germany or hosting a German exchange student, you can be sure Ayusa is providing the highest quality programs.

The Adventures of Ole Winkler

Read all about German exchange student Ole Winkler, written from the perspective of his host dad, Jeff Hunt, and what it was like for a teen from Berlin to live in a small, Midwestern town in the U.S.!

Students from Japan and Taiwan Celebrate Soccer Success in North Carolina

This month, Jacksonville Christian Academy in North Carolina won both the boys' and girls' state championship titles for soccer. Four Ayusa students from Japan and Taiwan, with varying levels of soccer experience before coming to the U.S., played on the teams and celebrated victory with their American teammates.

Me and the NEW Me: Bangledeshi Student Reflects on His Exchange Year

Mohammed, a YES student from Bangladesh, shares his story of anticipation, growth, and discovery during his exchange year. He also created a video about sharing his culture with his American friend, Dominic.

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Community Service Contest

Announcing the three winners of Ayusa's Community Service Contest! Emel, Ilija, and Rihab have all found greater purpose, understanding, and empathy through volunteer experiences in their host communities.

Another Person to Love

Jamie and Jennifer Linn of Elk River have a special spot in their hearts when it comes to the 13 exchange students whom they have hosted throughout the years.  

German Exchange Student Enjoys School Spirit

German exchange student experiences school spirit for the first time, which including winning Homecoming King!

Call for Entries – Ayusa’s Community Service Contest 2017

Ayusa’s annual contest looks to recognize students who give back to their community.