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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!

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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.

A Taste of Pakistan–Sharing Culture Through Food

Ayusa YES student Ayesha from Pakistan shares a traditional dish with her host family.

A Taste of China–Sharing Culture Through Food

Ayusa student Kai from Germany shares his multi-cultural roots with a recipe for jiaozi dumplings

Share Your Exchange Experience!

Ayusa wants to hear from our students just what their exchange experience in American has meant to them and the impact that it has made on their lives.

Living the Dream – A Reflection from an Ayusa YES Student

With the second half of the program year well under way, Ayusa YES student Riwa from Lebanon takes a moment to reflect back on her experiences as an exchange student.

Students Make Lasting Impact on Host Community

Each year, Ayusa's annual Community Service Contest highlights the great initiatives students take in their host communitites. This year’s contest saw nearly 3000 hours of service across the county from Ayusa exchange students from all over the world.

Call for Entries - Ayusa's Community Service Contest 2016

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

Ayusa Student Gets the All-American Football Experience

Being State Champions was only part of the experience Matyas had on the team