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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!

Colorado host mom reflects on experience

The Bivens family from Littleton has been hosting Makoto from Japan, who attends Heritage High School.

Advice for Host Families

General tips for hosting an exchange student.

Helping Students with their English Skills

Students may feel overwhelmed from being suddenly immersed in the English language. Most often, a little extra practice and support will work wonders to help your student become more comfortable with their English skills. 

Nampa woman and family have hosted exchange students for 35 years

Few people can say they have experienced as much of the world as Louise Lough and her family – but they haven’t had to travel thousands of miles to do it.

All it took was one little "Yes"

The following was sent to us by host parents, Annie and Gary Germann, from Illinois. Their family has been hosting for the last 5 years.

Exchange Student enjoys DHS

German exchange student had an exchange year she will never forget. Two local families will never forget it either.

Exchange Student at Tech Builds Cultural Bridges

The Green family, from Indianapolis, has been hosting Ayusa student Israr, who is from Pakistan, since the fall and have enjoyed learning about a new culture

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.

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