Monthly Archives: August 2012


Hello Folks,

Some of you have been in your host familes for a while now. For those of you who are feeling homesick, you may want to watch the video down there.  Now many students don’t understand what is homesickness. The down below definition will provide you a very basic information about the term, Homesickness.

>What is Homesickness?

Homesickness is the time when one start to miss his home, family, friends and becomes ungrateful for the blessings around him/her.

Click to Watch it

Now that you have watched the video, you can asses if you feel this way or not. The question arises, how to over come it?

>How to Overcome Homesickness?

Get involved in activities.

>Community Services.

>Hangout with friends.

>Help in the house chores.


>Key club.


>Try different things.

>Communicate/share your feelings.


Remember one thing, it’s only a year and you may want to make the most of it as suggested by thousands of other former exchange students. Hopefully you found this post helpful. If you have any question, you may comment, tweet us @ExchangeSs or email us at



Maira Qadri’s Exchange Year’s helpful Story- Share your story.

Second story shared by Maira Qadri, K-LYES participant in the year 2010-2011. She says,“There are good people and bad people everywhere; you just have to choose which hands to shake and which hands to hold.” 

“Hello My name is Maira and I was an exchange student in the year 2010-2011. In this passage down below, I won’t talk about all the lavishing and fun stuff you may go through in United States rather will discuss how I managed to get of a small trouble. So Here I go with my short story. My Host Family life was good, had no such big issues. We had such friendly bond with each other. But most important part of your exchange year is your school life. In the beginning, I had problems in my school. The people were not so cooperative. I also got bullied in the first months of my school life. They use to make fun of me being Muslim, Pakistani and use to call me with names such as terrorist. I believe that was the major problem I had to face during my exchange year. I was all depressed because all of my other fellows had lots of friends and they were enjoying their exchange year whereas I barely had any. I decided to talk to my host family; I told them this whole story. They advised me to go to my counselor and talked to them. I went to the school counselor’s office, talked to her. I was so surprised to see their reaction. They were really cooperative and so helpful that I felt comforted when I came out of their office. They assured me that from then I won’t face any such kind of problem. After that I don’t know whether they talked to the students at school or took any action but after that day, everybody came up to me and was talking normally. Finally I started making friends and from then my exchange year started to get better and better. I learned out of many, a very important key to adjust anywhere in life.

“There are good people and bad people everywhere; you just have to choose which hands to shake and which hands to hold.’

Now when I look back to what I was before going to United States and in the icy cold gusts and hot winds of Oklahoma to what I am after coming back, I believe I have changed a lot in an upright way. Being selected as a Youth exchange Student (YES) exchange student was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am contented that I took that decision in my life. I hope to do more for my community and hope to be a helpful part of my society and for my country.

Maira Qadri

K-L YES Student

A Proud Muslim.”

Special Treat- For students and Host Families.

Hello Folks,
Once again I am here. This time the reason for being here is no different- helping exchange students and their relationship with their host families. With that, this post may help those of you who wish to be a part of this wonderful community like other thousands of people around the globe mostly known as Exchange Global Community. Here’s a tip to be a part of this community; Be an exchange student or host an exchange student.
Benefits: It takes as a ripple effect. Today you are a part of it, tomorrow someone else will be a part of it because of you. Be a part in making world a better place to live. Peace.
Aqib Malik.

AYUSA Host Family of the Month.

Hello Everybody,

Today I would like to share how my host family got selected for ‘Host Family Of The Month’. Every month, my placement organization had a contest in which every student had to nominat their host families for host family of the month on the basis of an essay about their family. Around January, I sent my placement organization an essay about my host family and fortunately, my host family got selected.

I gave my host family a gift for every month to thank them for having me. In February, I gave them this as a gift. So here’s a treat for you too.   Image


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