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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!

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YES Program Promotes Tolerance featured on San Antonio News

/stories/experiences/kennedy-lugar-youth-exchange-and-study-programBy Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News 

Former Ayusa Student is First Female Japanese Commercial Pilot

Former Ayusa Student Breaks Boundaries 

Eating From the Proverbial Communal Plate

When East Side resident Dennis Krantz used to think of Morocco, he thought of movies such as "Casablanca."

From now on, he and his family will think of 17-year-old Marouane Smaili and the 10 months that the Moroccan youth is living with them as part of a federally funded cultural exchange program.

From "I Am So Out of Here" to a Precious Year

Chen from Taiwan Describes His Personal Journey 

Working My Way Through Culture Shock

Rebecca From China Describes the Transformation

German Student Meets Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins

Letter from a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship Student Bianca Todte

Ayusa Student Turned Ayusa Staff

Looking Through Old Photos 

Celebrating Chinese New Year With an Enthusiastic Young Audience

Ayusa students from China, Yao Cui, took the initiative to explain Chinese New Year to her classmates

Congratulations to Hanan, Alena and Marina

Announcing the winners of the Community Service Contest