Wondering what makes Academic Year in America (AYA) wonderful?
Our Local Coordinators are the wheels that keep us moving and inspired.
If you’re asking why our Local Coordinators are so special, here are just a few things they do to move our world closer together.
Help Families Grow
Local Coordinators allow families to expand internationally.
Before the exchange year begins, Local Coordinators work hard to identify, screen, interview and select incredible host families within their community.
Then, AYA students’ dreams come true as they gain an American family – and host families grow, too. These family bonds are often lifelong.
Create International Relationships
Our Local Coordinators help strengthen cultural awareness in schools and open their communities’ hearts to new cultures, traditions, and friendships!
After arranging for exchange students to attend a local high school, Local Coordinators make sure their students are acclimated. They run orientation sessions, plan intercultural activities, and support students and host families throughout the year.
While helping these students become part of their community, Local Coordinators lay the groundwork for lasting global relationships.
Make America Home
For foreign exchange students, moving to America may be intimidating. However, our Local Coordinators help them feel right at home here.
During her academic year in Texas, German exchange student Lara always felt welcomed by her Local Coordinator, Lauren.
“[Lauren’s] always there for me,” Lara said. “I love to spend time with her. She’s more like a big sister to me… I’ll definitely miss her a lot when I have to go back to Germany.”
So, hats off to YOU, Local Coordinators! You inspire us every day and truly make the world a more accepting, loving and hospitable place.
Bring the world to your local community; Learn more about becoming a Local Coordinator with Academic Year in America (AYA)!