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December 2019

 

THIS MONTH

  • Check out our great students arriving for the January semester in 2020! New profiles posted daily!
  • 5 Different Holiday Traditions Celebrated Around the World
  • 3 Ways Cultural Exchange Programs are Changing the World
  • Who Are AYA Foreign Exchange Students?
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Contact us at (800) 322-4678 or email ashley@aifs.org to learn more about Academic Year in America.

Check out our great students arriving for the January semester in 2020! New profiles posted daily!

It's hard to believe the 2019-2020 school year has begun and is in full swing! If you didn't get a chance to host a student for the fall semester, don't worry—you can still welcome an international high school student into your home this January!

Choosing a student now has many benefits:

  • Start building a relationship with your student early on
  • Get students enrolled in school before slots fill up
  • Have something to look forward to all year!

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

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5 Different Holiday Traditions Celebrated Around the World

Just as every family has their own holiday traditions, every country has its own unique way of celebrating. Here at Academic Year in America (AYA), our exchange students come from over 50 different countries. Our host families often find that hosting an exchange student makes the holiday season better as they experience different holiday traditions – like those listed below.

Holiday Traditions in Albania

New Year’s is widely celebrated in Albania. Rather than a Christmas tree, many families in Albania put a “New Year’s tree” in their home and give gifts to one another on New Year’s Eve. That night, adults celebrate with friends and family, while children anxiously await the arrival of the "Old Man of the New Year" (Albania’s version of Santa Claus).

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3 Ways Cultural Exchange Programs are Changing the World

As the world becomes smaller as a result of technology, learning about other cultures becomes so much more important. That’s why cultural exchange programs like AYA are essential. How exactly do these programs make an impact, though? There are countless ways… but we’ve simplified the list.

Here are 3 ways cultural exchange programs help to change the world.

1. They Embrace Diversity
Cultural exchange programs embrace diversity – and, by doing so, foster love and understanding. Programs like AYA celebrate how big and diverse our world is.

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Who Are AYA Foreign Exchange Students?

Each year, nearly 700 young people come to the United States from more than 60 countries on the Academic Year in America program.

Meet Our Students  

  • AYA students have solid academic records with at least 3 years of English Study.
  • High school students between the ages of 15 and 18 visit the U.S. on the AYA program.
  • AYA accepts only those student who show the maturity and desire for this special experience.

Register today to request a Host Family Brochure and start viewing student profiles!

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