Skip to main content


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!

Vishrutha from India Conquers Her Fears - and America!

October's Star Student wowed her host family by overcoming her fear of water and heights

Laia from Spain Excels in Adjusting to Her New Life

September's Star Student of the Month has become an integral part of her host family

Indonesian Exchange Student Loves his Phoenix Family

The Huber-Thorntons are the Host Family of the Month for September 2013

Palm Springs Host Dad Story Continues Long After the Year Ends

Terry Cox from Ayusa Shares a Touching Letter From His Exchange Student 

Ayusa Star Students from Around the World Tell their Stories

Meet Claudia, Rilo, Alaa, Gonzalo, Maurus and Ryuta

Shy girl blossoms, shares Nigerian music and dance with her new community

Asumana from Nigeria - Star Student of the Month, May 2013

"We Treat You Like Our Daughter"

Host Family of the Month, May 2013

President's Award Winner 2013

Congratulations to Senior Regional Director Traci Clary!

Francesca's Dancing Like No One's Watching

Host Family of the Month, April 2013

A young woman dives in to everything America has to offer

Annika from Germany - Star Student of the Month, April 2013