Regenia is a Local Coordinator and host mom with AYA. She has been a part of the program and advocate since 2012. As a Local Coordinator she is always finding new ways to share with her community the benefits of bringing the world together through hosting an international student. As a host mom, like most, she enjoys capturing all those first moments and memories with her students and families.
Discover hosting through the eyes of Regenia. This visual storytelling video highlights her students, hosting experience and Local Coordinator journey with AYA.
Why Host with AYA?
The Academic Year in America (AYA) Program of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation provides an exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange. AYA broadens international horizons by bringing foreign students to the United States to live with American families and attend high school. Although there are other high school exchange organizations, we would like you to know why we believe families should choose AYA.
Your choice of student
Unlike some organizations, AYA allows you the opportunity to choose a carefully screened student who will best fit your family.
Build a bridge with another culture and start a lifelong friendship with the student and his/her family. Meet new people in your community: your Local Coordinator, teachers and other Host Families.
AYA maintains a national network of well-trained Local Coordinators, one of whom will be close by to work with you and your student throughout the semester or year.
National 24/7 support system
Our Host Families, Students and Local Coordinators are backed by professional staff in our Stamford, Connecticut national office. AYA offers a 24-hour hotline and the expertise of our 30 years in intercultural educational exchange.
AYA provides full medical insurance for every student.
CSIET Full Listing for 2015-2016
The Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET) annually reviews exchange programs. AYA consistently receives its highest approval ranking, full listing.
Thanks Regenia for sharing your AYA story with us. Are you interested in giving students the opportunity to discover a new culture? Learn how to become a host family on our website. Have you hosted with AYA before? Send us your photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!