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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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Student Easily Settles Into Life in AZ, Enjoys First Experiences

“It's astonishing how it has already made a place for itself in my heart.”

Explore Your Host Community With a Scavenger Hunt

Spend some quality time with your student or host family while getting to know your town

Commencement Winner Reflects and Looks to the Future

“…We are beginning and carving a path that is much more powerful and significant for all.”

Host Mom Shares Year-Long Story of “Danish Daughter”

With the school year coming to a close, it is time for our wonderful students to be heading back home. The experiences and memories that they have gained while in the U.S. will stay with them a life-time. But our students are not the only ones who have been affected by the exchange experience.

A Taste of Egypt–Sharing Cultures Through Food

Ayusa YES student, Lydia from Egypt, shares her country with her host family through koshari

Standing Ovation for Ayusa YES Student at Annual Conference

Eman shares her exchange experience with Ayusa field staff, partners, and HQ

YES Students Participate in Global Youth Service Day

Students are thankful they are able to give back to their host community

Announcing the Ayusa Commencement Speech Contest

Not everyone gets a chance to speak to their graduating class ... until now

Ayusa YES Alumnus Making a Difference In Home Country

Tamba created a scholarship to fight illiteracy and make a difference for other students

Spring Semester YES Student Making Most Of Program

Jin-Shen joined his school’s robotics team in January and has had a pivotal role since