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Do you know somebody that would be a great addition to the AYA team?

As a leader in the field of international education exchange, AYA offers participants the opportunity to increase international understanding. Young people from abroad gain a unique perspective on America; host families enjoy firsthand exposure to another culture; and schools and communities learn how students from other countries think and feel. We are proud of our program and confident that you will enjoy the benefits from your participation with AYA.

Refer a new Local Coordinator to AYA and earn $250*!

Refer a new Host Family to AYA and earn $100*!

Provide your friend's contact information below, and we will send them information about how they can get involved with Academic Year in America.

All active Local Coordinators must submit referrals through their LC Portal.

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*Local Coordinator referral payments are issued for new Local Coordinators only, not an existing Local Coordinator who is already a part of the AYA community. The referred Local Coordinators must place a student prior to the payment being issued.

*Host Family referral payments are issued only for new host families, not a family who is already a part of the AYA community. The referred families must welcome a student prior to the payment being issued.

For Questions Contact: Lisa Schacter at or 203-399-5070.

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Begin an exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange today!

Click here for an overview of the easy process of becoming an AYA host family.


Schedule a convenient time to learn more about this amazing experience.

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