The results are in - out of over 600 submissions, Ayusa chose the top 7 photos that best represented cultural exchange.
Congratulations to our winners!
First Prize - Sarah Hoffmann, CBYX Exchange Student
"This picture was taken while we were on our way to San Antonio. With "we" I mean a whole bunch of exchange students from all over the world. We stopped in Austin to do some rock climbing. The group was already close but the rock climbing definitely deepened our relationships. Before we went back to the cars we took this picture. First we just stood in a circle and everybody did a "thumbs up". Then we were told to get closer together. The motto we got out of it was: we are one!"
Second Prize - Shaquille Bottse, YES Exchange Student
"This is a picture of my friend Natasha. She is also an Exchange student from Ukraine. We both live in Texas with our host families."
Second Prize - Tram Nguyen, International Exchange Student
"This was Mission trip in Peoria, IL with Mountain Lake Christian school."
Third Prize - Sara Aryyo, American CBYX Student
"Connecting with my German heritage. I came to love the wonderful German people I have met as well as their beautiful architecture."
Third Prize - Rozina Kidari, American YES Student
"Meeting My Moroccan (actual) family for the first time in my life!"
Third Prize - Hamza Hakimi, International YES Student
"It’s me in Seattle! I have been wearing this T-Shirt to show people that I’m from Pakistan! This is my favorite picture with my Pakistani t-shirt and American flag!"
Third Prize - Teri Bidwell, Host Mom
"The Ayusa students in northern Colorado participated in a parade in Greeley. Shown in the photo are the Greeley and Windsor, CO Ayusa students on a float."