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AYA Newsletter

February 2020



  • Check out our great students arriving in 2020! New profiles posted daily!
  • Learn About Our Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program
  • To AYA Local Coordinators, With Love
  • What to Expect as an AYA Host Family
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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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Learn About Our Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

The FLEX Program (Future Leaders Exchange) is funded by Congress and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program’s goal is to provide an opportunity for high school students from Europe and Eurasia to experience life in the United States to promote mutual understanding.

FLEX students live with host families, attend school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The program places special emphasis on leadership skills and seeks ways for participants to develop these skills during the school year.

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To AYA Local Coordinators, With Love

AYA exchange students receive a lot of support from Local Coordinators during their year in the U.S. These caring individuals work hard to help students and host families make meaningful connections and enjoy their participation in international high school exchange. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some wonderful messages several of our students shared to show their appreciation for everything that their Local Coordinators have done for them.

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What to Expect as an AYA Host Family

There is nothing quite like the excitement of meeting a foreign exchange student who is about to become a part of your household! You become surrogate parents and gain a “new” son or daughter when you participate in cultural exchange through hosting with AYA.

Expectant host families have so many heartwarming and enriching memories and experiences to look forward to.

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