Alisha from Austria feels like she hit the jackpot with her host family in Illinois, which is why she felt they were the perfect nominees for our Host Family of the Year awards. Named a runner-up, the Nix Family gave her the exchange year experience of a lifetime. Learn more … [Read more...]
Meet the AYA 2019-20 Host Family of the Year!
At the end of each school year, Academic Year in America (AYA) international high school exchange students and their Local Coordinators across the United States take the time to nominate host families for the honor of AYA Host Family of the Year. In addition to a sincere … [Read more...]
Coping with COVID-19: Managing Stress & Anxiety as a Host Family
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. … [Read more...]
Host Families Share What They LOVE About Hosting an Exchange Student
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we asked some of our host families what they LOVE about hosting an exchange student with AYA! Check out these heartwarming responses from host families across the country: Host Mom Kate on Hosting an Exchange Student in Illinois: This … [Read more...]
Reflections from a Repeat Host Mom
The following is a beautiful submission from AYA host mom Amy from Maine. Amy is currently hosting her fourth exchange student! When Amy first submitted her host family application, she did not know where the journey would take her family. Hosting exchange students for multiple … [Read more...]
Julia from Germany Shows Her Love for the Litzburg Family!
Her exchange year may have ended, but Julia, an Academic Year in America high school exchange student from Germany, will cherish her memories of her year abroad for years to come, thanks in large part to the Litzburg family. This caring bunch showed their love and encouragement … [Read more...]
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