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January 2020



  • Check out our great students arriving in 2020! New profiles posted daily!
  • AYA Students Celebrate the Holidays
  • Who Are Our AYA Host Families?
  • Sharing Their Culture in the Classroom
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Contact us at (800) 322-4678 or email to learn more about Academic Year in America.

Check out our great students arriving in 2020! New profiles posted daily!

We hope that your year is off to a great start! Make 2020 a year to remember – by hosting an international exchange student!

Choosing a student now has many benefits:

  • Start building a relationship with your student early on
  • Get students enrolled in school in January/February before slots fill up
  • Build excitement for your family and have something to look forward to all year!

Contact our office today or log in to view available students arriving in 2020!

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AYA Students Celebrate the Holidays

AYA students from around the world had a wonderful time celebrating their host families' holiday traditions, as well as sharing some of their own!

From baking special treats and gathering for special family meals to seeing snow for the very first time, everyone had a great experience sharing and celebrating culture during this magical time of year.

To check out recent photos of AYA students and host families celebrating the holidays, visit AYA on Instagram!

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Who Are Our AYA Host Families?

Just as there is no "typical" American family, there is no "typical" host family. Retirees, single parents and young couples are all able to give an AYA international student a good home.

Host families come from many walks of life and represent different generations. Some host families may not have children of their own. They come from all over the United States and live in suburban and rural areas.

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Sharing Their Culture in the Classroom

As part of their cultural exchange year, many AYA students visit American classrooms to teach children in their community about their home countries. By interacting with these young students and exposing them to the world, our high school exchange students work toward our mission of bringing cultures together and increasing international understanding.

In the photo above, AYA student Cedric visits his host brother's classroom to share his German culture!

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