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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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Licca and the Dawe Family

Licca was a Japanese exchange student hosted by the Dawe family. Read about their experience hosting her, and how she came to love American and Texan culture.

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.!

Spotlight on Lisa McCubbins, Host Mom and Community Rep

Long-time host parent and Community Representative Lisa McCubbins shares what it has been like to host 9 students over the years and the special connections they have all had with their family.

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.

A Real Dream

Melya is a current YES student from Indonesia living in Indiana. She has been in the USA for 4 months now and wanted to share her experience so far.