Riccardo (16)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Gynaecologist
Father: Lieutenant Carabinieri
Religion: Catholic
IT040HH Y

Interests

Beatmaking, reading, music, watching movies, karate, volleyball, swimming *

Letter to my Host Family

Riccardo is 16 and from Italy. He lives on a small island in the south west of one of the biggest Italian islands. He lives with his mother, a gynecologist, his father, a policeman and his sister who is 3 years older. She goes to university to study Pharmacy. Riccardo is what he calls a “lively guy” who enjoys spending time outdoors. He enjoys snorkeling, running, camping and concerts. He used to be a boy scout, and then he played volleyball a couple of years, now he swims 3 times a week. On his list of goals is to learn to play golf and polo. In his spare time, he enjoys reading novels by Luigi Pirandello, his favorite author or Isabel Allende, Bram Stoker and others. When he wants to relax, he goes to his room and listens to music, one of the “most important components of his life”. He listens to music whenever he gets the chance. Riccardo spends his free time going with his friends to the cinema and playing table football. His favorite directors are Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppolla. He considers the Greek culture the greatest culture after the Roman one. That is why he studies Ancient Greek and Latin in school. Riccardo has been fascinated by myths as a child. His mother bought him many books on Mythology and History. He wonders how people could build temples that are huge and carve sculptures so perfect and harmonious. His favorite family trip was to Normandy. He remembers the American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer and the way the epitaph touched him. It read “Here rest in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.” Riccardo trusts this experience with study abroad will guide his way forward.

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MAELYS (17)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, Italian, English
Siblings: One younger brother, one older brother and one older sister
Mother: Nurse
Father: Wood Energy Manager
Religion: Not Involved
FA002HH Y

Interests

Indoor body-building, weightlifting, running, skiing, rock-climbing, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Maelys, a 16 year old very active girl from France. Maelys is a very sporty girl as she is involved in a gymnastics club, weight lifting, body building, running, and she even enjoys skiing. She also helps coach gymnastics for younger children at the gymnastics club. When with her friends, Maelys enjoys going shopping, listening to music, and just spending time together. She describes herself as motivated, expressive, and enthusiastic! School is a huge priority for Maelys and she also makes sure to get her work done. One day Maelys hopes to study at an international business school. Coming to America is a dream for Maelys as she wants to discover a new culture, meet new people, and to see everything!!!

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Leane (15)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Accountant
Father: IT Engineer
Religion: Not Involved
FR012WH Y

Interests

Horse riding, horse jumping competitions, cross fit, body building, fitness, running, skiing

Letter to my Host Family

Leane lives with her mother, father and sister. Her sister is a senior and used to take her to Paris. She has a cat and a dog that she’s trying to teach agility lessons to. She really loves animals. Leane, for the last 2 years has taken 2 hours a week of English and studies general subjects like Math, Physics, History, Biology, French and Spanish. She has always loved the sciences like Physics and Mathematics. She decided to change her area of study and enrolled in a boarding school so, she could focus on her studies. Leane likes to go to the cinema, shopping and to theme parks. She likes to joke around and laugh with her friends. Sometimes, she says, she likes to just sit in silence with her friends and enjoy the moment. Leane has been jumping horses in competitions since 2007. She is a level 5 horseback rider. She loves skiing too. Her favorite place is a ski resort called Chamonix-Mont Blanc. Leane has been on 3 cruises, a Mediterranean, a Carribean, and one to Norway. She has also been to Thailand where she had to speak English in order to be understood. Leane enjoys traveling with her family so she can experience different cultures and see a different country. Studying abroad in America is something Leane has always dreamt of doing. She dreams of someday getting a job and living in America, but she knows to live here for a year would be an amazing experience that not everybody gets to experience. She is grateful for the opportunity

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Beatrice (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German, French
Siblings: Two younger sisters
Mother: Nurse
Father: Bus Driver
Religion: Catholic
IT017HH Y

Interests

reading, writing, shopping, listening to music, photography

Letter to my Host Family

Beatrice has two little sisters and lives in a "tiny town" in northern Italy. She doesn't think of herself as remarkable - just and average Italian girl with "regular" (as in not fancy) tastes. Her Dad is a bus driver and her mom is a nurse. She is very close with her dad who is "silly" and who also likes to prank their "mum" - who is much more of the disciplinarian. Beatrice loves her Grandpa who lives with them and tells great stories about the old days and the war. Beatrice loves English, but also takes German, French and Spanish. Her hobbies include reading and photography. She will miss her two cats when she comes to America - but it has been a dream of hers so she will be ok!

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Lena (16)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French
Siblings: One older brother and a younger sister
Mother: Doctor's Receptionist
Father: Gastronome
Religion: Evangelical
GI005WH Y

Interests

Fitness, playing the guitar, listening to music, going to concerts, jogging, photography, dancing, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

My name is Lena and I'm 16 years old. I live in a small town in north Germany with my father and my little sister. My parents got divorced half a year ago and my mother lives 15 minutes away. I live in the center of our little town in a cozy red farmhouse. We have one dog called Andru, one cat called Joschi and three rabbits. Before my parents divorced, they work a lot, so I often was with my grandma and my grandpa. Their home was like a second home for me and I mostly grew up there and we went out for a walk or I baked with my grandma.My sister and I go to the same school. I go to the 10th grade and our school is in walking distance from our house. The subjects I love the most are English, French, Sports and Art. I'm interested in learning about new things like about a new culture or making new friends. I love music, photography, art and in my free time, I love to do sports like going running or going to the gym. I also love to go to the cinema or meet my friends. I have been playing the guitar since I was about seven and I am a member of a music ensemble.I love to spend time with my sister because we have the same interests. We often go for a walk with our dog but we also love to go shopping or go to the cinema. In 2005, I was living in a French family for two weeks as an exchange student and it was a good experience for me. After that it was my biggest dream to become an exchange student. I am interested in learning about the American way of life, the culture and I would like to improve my English skills. It was always a dream for me to go to an American high school and to play in a team sport

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Juan (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French, German
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Degree in Labour Relations
Father: Bank Manager
Religion: Not Involved
SP019HH Y

Interests

Music, cinema, books, swimming, drama, technology

Letter to my Host Family

Juan believes that his host family will have a blast with him as their host son! He describes himself as polite, entertaining and always willing to pitch in a helping hand. He has a wonderful connection to his friends and family back in Spain, but is ow excited to make his dream of coming to America come true! When he is not at school, Juan loves to read and go to the movies. He is especially fond of the fantasy genre. He says that his inspirations are Stephen Hawking and Steve Jobs. He is particularly interested in space and computing and perhaps will make it his future career! Juan's greatest passion in his life is music. He can't imagine a day without singing. He plays in his school band and has been playing the saxophone for many years now. Music of all kinds makes Juan completely happy. Besides singing and saxophone, he can play the traverse flute and a nit of the guitar and ukelele. Juan is very thankful for this opportunity to have a host family in the United States. He is grateful to meet you and for your hospitality!

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Anais (15)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Siblings: Two older brothers
Mother: Secretary
Father: Head Electrical Company
Religion: Catholic
FR019EH Y

Interests

Handball, wakeboard, skiing, photography

Letter to my Host Family

Anais, is as thoughtful as she is cheerful, she’s a delight to her family and friends. She enjoys sports very much, especially handball, which she has played for six years. Anais enjoys all sports, watching it and playing it. Family and friends are important to Anais and she has good relations with everyone. Anais lives with her parents, her dad is a head electrician and her mother is a secretary and they both work for the same company. Her two older brothers don’t live at home but she is still very close to them. Every summer her grandparents take Anais and her cousins in a campervan to a campground, choosing a different destination every year. On weekends and holidays Anais and her parents go to their second home which is on the edge of a lake. Here they all like boat, swim, wakeboard and scuba dive. After Anais graduates, she aspires to be an interior designer, art and photography have always been of great interest to Anais, and she already did a week as an design intern and loved it. Anais is already very thankful to her American family for opening up their home and is so excited for this adventure, which for Anais, will be a dream come true!

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Lorena (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: Two younger brothers, one older brother and one older sister
Mother: Dressmaker
Father: Commercial
Religion: Christian
ES003HH Y

Interests

Dancing

Letter to my Host Family

Do you love sports? Then you’ll love Lorena! She’s is a runner, dancer, gymnast and swimmer! Her favorite sport is rhythmic gymnastics! Dancing is another favorite, she’s been dancing since age 11 and went through phases of hip hop and Seville but now she concentrates on contemporary dance. She’s also been swimming at an academy for the past year and really enjoys it. Lorena is very family orientated, she enjoys hiking with her grandmother and running with her dad. She also enjoys her friends, they like to go to the beach or the pool in the summer and shopping in the winter. Lorena is a girl that enjoys adventure, she can’t wait to become part of your American family and make you one of her delicious Mediterranean breakfasts.

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Nicole (16)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, German, French
Siblings:
Mother: Secretary
Father: Trader
Religion: Not Involved
IT051HH Y

Interests

Listening to music, reading, writing, watching TV series and movies

Letter to my Host Family

Nicole is 17 and lives in a small city in the north west of Italy near the coast. Her family consists of her mother, father and a little dog. Her parents divorced when she was a baby, so she has lived her life with her mother and her partner. She does however see her father on many weekends. She states he is very funny, he makes her laugh and that he always makes her day better. Nicole is very close to her mother because she “shows her love for her everyday by doing the little things”. She is described by friends as open minded, but says she is also creative, ambitious, funny and sensitive and organized. She prefers to have “her things and her thoughts in place”. Nicole likes creating art in all its shades with her vivid imagination. Music is another essential component of her life. She loves going to concerts. Another passion is reading, she reads novels, sagas, crime and historical books, horror, poems and essays. When she has free time she enjoys going to the cinema or staying home and watching a good film. Nicole says she grew up with a love of our country and her dream has been to see these beautiful United States and learn about our culture. She thanks you for the possibility of this experience.

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Pooja (15)

female, INDIA

Languages: Hindi, English
Siblings: None
Mother: Housewife
Father: N/A
Religion: Hindu
YE004HH Y

Interests

Reading, quizzes, puzzles, debating, volunteering, athletics, drama

Letter to my Host Family

Any family would be delighted to invite Pooja into their lives. She is a eloquent, vegetarian, smart and positive girl from India. Part of her determined spirit comes from her mother, who raised Pooja alone as her father died before she was born. Pooja therefore greatly admires her mother, and strives to be as strong and hard-working as she is. When she is not with her studies, Pooja's favorite leisure activity is reading. She reads everything and everything! She also likes to do puzzles and quizzes, have debates and talk with her friends at school. She truly has goals to make the world a better place and serve the needy. There is no doubt that she will achieve that. She describes herself as easy-going, passionate and insightful. She would love to demonstrate all of these qualities to her host family in person, as she says, "performance and work speak mightier than words."

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