AYA's full time staff in the Stamford, CT office are available to assist you with enrollments, procedures, policies and cultural exchange initiatives within the school community. This trained team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and to provide the school, student, host family and Local Coordinator with the support they need to ensure a successful experience.
AYA's Local Coordinators are our representatives in your community. Local Coordinators work with high schools to ensure a successful exchange experience, they identify and screen host families and provide support for all program participants throughout the semester or year. Local Coordinators are available to answer questions and offer assistance to schools on the local level.
As a teacher, rays of hope stream into your room daily but every once in awhile you meet a young person who just lifts your spirit. Such was the case in my encounter with Erxin from China. I was playing the piano in my room and Erxin quietly peeped in and asked if she could play. Delightful music filled the air as she played with such poise and effortless ease. Besides playing piano for a collection of the school's most talented musicians, she also played for the orchestra. I am truly thankful for the exchange program in acquainting me with a delightful young lady whose quiet spirit soars with a genuine kindness rarely seen. I'm proud to be included in her circle of teachers.
Kevin Kelson, Teacher, Ranchview High School, Texas