Every fall, hundreds of international high school students arrive in the United States for an exchange year through Academic Year in America (AYA). Flying across the world and finally arriving here in the U.S. is an exciting time for these exchange students, who can’t wait to … [Read more...]
100 Volunteer Hours and Counting!
AYA student Leonie from Germany has just completed a personal goal that she set for herself for the year: to complete 100 hours of volunteer work! Read on to learn more about her challenge and the lessons she learned along the way. “My name is Leonie and I’m a German exchange … [Read more...]
Emma’s Journey from Germany to the Grand Canyon
Emma from Germany is spending her exchange year in Arizona and, as such, only had one place she wanted to check off her travel bucket list while in the state: the Grand Canyon! Check out her reflection on the experience: Shortly after my arrival in Arizona, my host grandma … [Read more...]
AYA Mom Shares Experience Hosting an Exchange Student
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...]
What is an Exchange Year in the USA Really Worth?
Roman, a high school exchange student from Germany, provides the following detailed story about his experiences to let people know the value of international exchange from his firsthand perspective. An Exchange Year in the USA is a Worthwhile Experience My name is Roman and I … [Read more...]