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Our Stories

Welcome to Ayusa's stories! Here you will find first-hand experiences from our program, recipes submitted by our students, tips and activities, contests, and so much more!

If you would like to submit a story for our website, please email!

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.

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Community Service Contest

Announcing the three winners of Ayusa's Community Service Contest! Emel, Ilija, and Rihab have all found greater purpose, understanding, and empathy through volunteer experiences in their host communities.

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.  

German Exchange Student Enjoys School Spirit

German exchange student experiences school spirit for the first time, which including winning Homecoming King!

Call for Entries – Ayusa’s Community Service Contest 2017

Ayusa’s annual contest looks to recognize students who give back to their community.

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.

IEW Winners Share Culture and Pride with Communities

Our winners shared their culture with their host communities through presentations, dance, and food!

YES Alumni Helps Bridge the Hiring Gap in Oman

YES alumni Kulthoom Al Khamayasi (2005-2006) created a platform, JISSER, to bridge the hiring gap between students and employers. JISSER now connects major internship providers to over 5,000 internship seekers throughout Muscat, Oman.

YES Alumni Attend "Let Girls Learn" Summit

“The health of any nation can be measured by the health of the women in that society." –First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama

Share Your Culture, Participate in the IEW 2016 Contest

International Education Week is an opportunity for students to share their culture with their communities.