The impact a host family can make on an international high school student is immense. German exchange student Laura's experience in Oregon was unparalleled thanks to the incredible family who welcomed her into their hearts and home. It was a spontaneous decision for them, … [Read more...]
Host Family FAQs: Who Can Host a High School Exchange Student?
https://youtu.be/S0dBgtvKqWo Have you ever wondered who is eligible to become a host family to high school exchange students? Just as there’s no “typical” American family, there is no standard host family. Academic Year in America (AYA) host families come in many sizes, from … [Read more...]
Exchange Student from Philippines Treasures Her Host Family in Texas
When you host an exchange student, you are making such an incredible impact. Take Fatima, for example, who is a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program student from Philippines. She was placed by Academic Year in America (AYA) with her host family in Texas and felt … [Read more...]
Meet the 2021-22 AYA Host Family of the Year: The Webb Family
It’s time for one of our favorite annual traditions – announcing the AYA Host Family of the Year! Each year, we receive nominations from AYA exchange students and Local Coordinators across the United States, who write us with heartwarming letters about their beloved host … [Read more...]
Short-Term Hosting Opportunities: Become a Welcome Family!
Will you be a hero today? As AYA exchange students prepare to arrive in the U.S., we are working around the clock to help find families for our remaining students! Students are eagerly awaiting news of their placements so that they can start packing, say goodbye to their … [Read more...]
18 Kids & Counting: Host Family Reunites with Exchange Students in Europe
Over almost two decades, the Lewis Family in Idaho has remained dedicated to cultural exchange opportunities by hosting high school exchange students from all around the world. They've built such everlasting bonds and relationships as a host family that a group of their exchange … [Read more...]
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