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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose the AYA program?
Simply, our standards are very high. We select participants carefully. Our Local Coordinators are well trained, and the expertise of our national office spans more than 20 years. AYA is the program of choice for those who want to enjoy the best possible international experience.

How does the program support me throughout the year?
Local Coordinators live near you and are always there for you. They are available throughout the program year for advice and support. In addition, the AYA national office has a toll-free line available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

What are a host family's qualifications?
The most important qualifications are an open mind and an interest in new experiences.

How will I benefit from the program?
You will learn about another culture firsthand. You will discover another way of looking at your world and the world at large. You will make life-long friends.

Who are AYA Local Coordinators?
They are women and men who enjoy working with young people, who are open-minded and sensitive and who believe deeply in the value of cross-cultural exchange.

For more information, please download the AYA Pre-Departure Guide.

Contact us at aya.info@aifs.org

  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
  • Future Leaders Exchange
  • Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange
  • CSIET - Council for Standards on International Educational Travel