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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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IEW Winners Share Culture and Pride With Communities

Our winners gave diverse presentations about their home countries, which helped give insight into their homes and cultures.

Ayusa YES Student Has Everyone Singing His Praise

It's only been a few months but Farooq from India has already made a lasting impression in his high school and host community.

Share Your Culture, Participate in the IEW 2015 Contest

IEW is an opportunity for students to share their culture with their communities

A Taste of the Netherlands–Sharing Culture Through Food

Ayusa student Lotte from the Netherlands shares her country and culture through pannekoeken!

Students Share Host Family, Experiences, And Great Heights

“They are both fantastic in their own way” shares their host mom about her two students

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