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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!

YES Students Participate in Global Youth Service Day

Students are thankful they are able to give back to their host community

Spring Semester YES Student Making Most Of Program

Jin-Shen joined his school’s robotics team in January and has had a pivotal role since

Opening Host Family Does Not Hesitate in Embracing Program

The Jameel Family has “never given me a chance to miss my family.”

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 

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