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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 stories@ayusa.org!

Letter: Coming to Alaska as an exchange student

16-year-old Egyptian exchange student recalls her year in Juenau, Alaska.

Ayusa Community Representative is interviewed during Volunteer Awareness Month

Debbie Fransen, community representative in Arizona, was a guest on “Life Matters Today” in honor of Volunteer Awareness Month.

Host family and German exchange student find ‘a perfect fit’

"It's perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better family... Since the first day, they were here for me." says Franziska Botur, an exchange student from Berlin, Germany.

Love knows no bounds for Katy family

Already eight people (and six kids) strong, Katy couple April and Sean Bray have opened their home as a host family for dual exchange students each year since 2014 hoping to help them experience the American culture, and say it was the best decision the family ever made.

Commencement Winner Reflects on Exchange Experience

In this year alone, all of us, each and every single one of us have achieved something. We've overcome fears, broken barriers and shattered stereotypes. It could've been a simple taste of new food but it was nothing less than triumph.

Student Finds Niche in Track

Ayusa exchange student, Riccardo Reato, finds success in track and field.

What Is Special Today

Hosting is a rewarding experience, here is a story of a special moment that happened between host family and student.

Ayusa YES Student Shares Special Memories with Her Host Family

Sahayan feels like she is truly a member of her host family when she is asked to be a bridesmaid in a family wedding.

Host Family Shares Memorable Year with Their Exchange Daughter

The Mitchell Family has shared a wonderful year with Hanna from Germany, who has come to be more than just their exchange student.

A Taste of Korea–Sharing Culture Through Food

Ayusa student Ryoko shares similarities between a Japanese and Korean dish.

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