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Experiences

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

If you would like to submit a story, you can email us at stories@ayusa.org!

Student Overcomes Homesickness By Embracing Program

Keeping busy at school and in activities helped Harry push through homesickness

Host Family Supports Student, Encourages Confidence

Nervous before arriving in the U.S., Louisa quickly finds host family is an easy fit

Star Student is Committed to Making the Most of Program

From presenting to local groups to maintaining an active blog, Urooj is seizing her program year

Host Family's Simple Acts Help Jump Start Student's Year

“I will never ever forget the kind things they did for me. I wouldn't have made it without them!”

YES Student Makes Connections, Breaks Down Stereotypes

Through volunteering Eman finds that borders don’t matter, “what truly matters is humanity”

Student “Hits The Ground Marching” Upon Arrival in U.S.

Elena from Austria wastes no time embracing her new life in America with the Struble Family

Star Student Has Stellar First Month in Erie, CO

Joshua makes "seamless" connection with host family, impacts school's soccer team 

Student Has Shown The Spirit Of Exchange Through The Year

“I knew Demetrius was a very special person the first time I met him.”

Rocky Start Leads To Great Connection With New Host Family

“Me encantan! Ich habe sie einfach lieb! Je les aime!” Anni says of the Bell Family 

Ayusa Student Selected To Represent Club At Conference

Rachel represents Wayne Unit of Boys & Girls Club, honored as Rookie of the Year

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