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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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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

Opening Host Family Does Not Hesitate in Embracing Program

The Jameel Family has “never given me a chance to miss my family.”

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