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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!

Star Student is Committed to Making the Most of Program

From presenting to local groups to maintaining an active blog, Urooj is seizing her program year

Host Family's Simple Acts Help Jump Start Student's Year

“I will never ever forget the kind things they did for me. I wouldn't have made it without them!”

YES Student Makes Connections, Breaks Down Stereotypes

Through volunteering Eman finds that borders don’t matter, “what truly matters is humanity”

Students Share Their Favorite Discoveries in the U.S.

Photo contest for students highlights new experiences across the country 

Star Student Has Stellar First Month in Erie, CO

Joshua makes "seamless" connection with host family, impacts school's soccer team 

Student “Hits The Ground Marching” Upon Arrival in U.S.

Elena from Austria wastes no time embracing her new life in America with the Struble Family

Student Has Shown The Spirit Of Exchange Through The Year

“I knew Demetrius was a very special person the first time I met him.”

Rocky Start Leads To Great Connection With New Host Family

“Me encantan! Ich habe sie einfach lieb! Je les aime!” Anni says of the Bell Family 

Ayusa Student Selected To Represent Club At Conference

Rachel represents Wayne Unit of Boys & Girls Club, honored as Rookie of the Year

Star Student Shines, Prepares for Future In The U.S.

From media production to snow sports to volunteering, Emmanuel excelled in all

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