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Ayusa loves when our exchange students and host families share their experiences! Here are some first-hand stories from around the country.

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Say YES to Hosting for the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program

At Ayusa, we take pride in all of our exchange students. We are especially proud of our YES students, who are from the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program.

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

German Exchange Student Won National Art Award

German exchange student, Laura Lecybil won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for her photography.

All it took was one little "Yes"

The following was sent to us by host parents, Annie and Gary Germann, from Illinois. Their family has been hosting for the last 5 years.