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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!

CSC Winners Put In Time, Receive More Than Expected Back

Giving back to their host communities was just one reason students volunteered

Student Overcomes Homesickness By Embracing Program

Keeping busy at school and in activities helped Harry push through homesickness

Host Family Supports Student, Encourages Confidence

Nervous before arriving in the U.S., Louisa quickly finds host family is an easy fit

IEW Winners Able to Share Their Cultures in Many Ways

Through presentations, dance lessons, art, and more, students make impact on communities

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 

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

Star Student Has Stellar First Month in Erie, CO

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

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