Host mom, Denise, contributed the following story to share with you as a guest blogger, about her experience hosting an international high school student from Germany with AYA—and what hosting exchange students has done to help her family. Tomorrow, we'll share a similar account … [Read more...]
Holiday Volunteering: A Fun Way to Experience Cultural Firsts!
The holiday season is upon us. For AYA exchange participants, this is a prime time for new experiences that are both meaningful and a whole lot of fun. When we share each other's traditions at these times, we build stronger connections and can learn so much. We are able to try … [Read more...]
Announcing the AYA Host Family of the Year!
Each year, AYA students and Local Coordinators (LCs) nominate host families across the country for the honor of Host Family of the Year. These families open their hearts and homes to show international high school students the very best of American culture and hospitality. It is … [Read more...]
Student Volunteers: Fun at the Firehouse
Local Coordinator Dina Berg organized a community service project for a group of AYA students in South Carolina to help out and learn a little at the Howe Springs Fire Department. Here's what she had to say about the day: A Day at the Fire Department This fall, I brought my … [Read more...]
AYA Student Volunteers: Habitat for Humanity
Community service is often an engaging and rewarding way foreign exchange students can learn something new, help out and have fun as part of a team. In Ohio, Local Coordinator Cindy Anderson arranged for a group of AYA foreign exchange students to volunteer with Habitat for … [Read more...]
Happy National Volunteer Week from AYA!
It’s National Volunteer Week! This is a very important week for Academic Year in America, because the success of our programs depends so much upon volunteers. To all of our volunteer host families, we send out a hearty and sincere THANK YOU! Your generosity and kindness in … [Read more...]
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