That feeling when you hear it's the #FirstDayofSpring! 👏☀️💐🌼🌸

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Want to bring the world together? Host!

International classmates help American students prepare for opportunities in an increasingly connected world. You can support cultural exchange in our community by hosting a student. Follow this link to learn more. #WeAreAYA
Sanna from Germany Plays Outside with Host SIblings
Joumana from Egypt Experiences Snow in South Carolina
Ani, a FLEX Program student from Armenia, shared her #NewYearsResolution with us through art! 🎉🇦🇲🌍🎨 #WeAreAYA

Our parent organization, the AIFS Foundation, worked with Institute of International Education (IIE) on a report that showcases the value that international education and study abroad have on the global workforce!

Download it here. ➡️

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Have you ever hosted a YES student with AYA?

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program provides scholarships for high school exchange students from countries with big Muslim populations.

Check out this unique cultural exchange experience out Kansas! Local Coordinator and host mom, Kelly, gathered her students and together they all learned how to make Ukranian Pysansky Eggs! 🥚 #WeAreAYA

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My students and family members all had a fabulous day learning how to decorate Pysanky Eggs and celebrating Phillis’s birthday. The eggs all turned out beautiful, everyone did such an amazing job. Thank you Belinda for sharing your knowledge. #weareaya

Children often get the most out of having an AYA student join the family. They have so much to teach and are so eager to learn from one another. #WeAreAYA

Hosting an exchange student can give your child or children the incredible gift of a sibling from another country and culture.

What impact has hosting an international exchange student had on your child or children? #WeAreAYA

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North Carolina ➡️ Walt Disney World

This host family spent took a trip and spent quality time together at Disney! #WeAreAYA

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At the end of February, AYA students in South Carolina spent a whole day volunteering for the Special Needs and Disabilities Foundation! #WeAreAYA

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Curious about hosting an exchange student? Here's what it entails!

Interested in becoming an AYA host family? Learn about a host family's responsibilities!

💪🏻💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿 #InternationalWomensDay #WeAreAYA

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In Illinois, Vinícius from Brazil volunteered in his local community. He shares "I’m enjoying [volunteering] because at the same time that I help people, I meet new people! [In the first photo], I’m helping in a food truck that gives food to people in need, and in the second photo I’m helping in place that sends cards and other things to people that have cancer." #WeAreAYA

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From visiting NYC to experiencing Civic Education Workshop in Washington, District of Columbia, Ani (New York, New York 🇺🇸, Armenia 🇦🇲) has done a lot these past few weeks. #WeAreAYA

"These memories will always be stuck in our minds."

Dovran, an AYA and FLEX Program student hosted in New York from Turkmenistan 🇹🇲, on attending the Civic Education Workshop in Washington, District of Columbia: "It was perfect. I deepened my understanding of the US government and history and made a lot of friends throughout the world." 🇺🇸🌎 #WeAreAYA

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Some of our students and host families in South Carolina took a once-in-a-lifetime trip together to Walt Disney World! 🏰⭐️ #WeAreAYA

In response to #HurricaneHarvey, Johanna, an AYA student from Germany hosted in Texas, composed an incredibly moving film with her host sister, Brielle. 🎬 Their video won first place at their high school for the University Interscholastic League Film Contest. Please take a second to watch! #WeAreAYA