Shang Sheng (16)
|Siblings:||One younger brother|
|Father:||General Administrative Authority|
Listening to music, playing ball games, painting, reading, watching TV, traveling, basketball, volleyball, swimming, soccer, paintball, basketball, roller-skatingLetter to my Host Family
Sam is a friendly sixteen year old who lives with his father, mother, and younger brother. Family is the most important thing to Sam. He describes his family as kind, forgiving, fun, and loving. Sam says his family has taught him that having a great personality is key for friendships and that is something he has worked hard on! He loves to joke and be happy everyday! Sam likes to help his mom cook and often finds himself cooking for his friends. For fun, Sam likes to play with his brother, ride bikes, and play board games. School is important and his favorite subjects are Math and Science. In school Sam likes to do Lego robotics and he is really good at it. Sam wants his host family to know that he cannot wait to come to America and celebrate our traditional Christmas and Halloween! He cannot wait to be apart of an American Family!
|Languages:||Italian, English, French|
|Siblings:||One younger sister and one older sister|
Volleyball, listening to music, traveling, climbing, trekkingLetter to my Host Family
Sixteen-year-old Manuela loves to spend time with her family, play volleyball, and go climbing. Manuela is very close to her two sisters and she makes sure to set time aside to not only spend with them but also her extended family. She says that her cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents are very important to her as well. She lives with her mother, father, and two sisters, one younger and one older. Manuela has spent time traveling with her family on vacations and even went to Disneyland Park in Paris. Manuela loves school and says she’s a great student! On the school nights she stays home and does homework and studies. On Saturdays she likes to hang out with her friends where they will go for walks, go to the beach, and visit many festivals that her town puts on. Manuela really likes to play volleyball but has not had the chance to play as much as she would like since her home country doesn’t find that sport important. She is hoping that coming to The United States she will have the chance to play and grow in this sport. Another hobby Manuela enjoys is climbing and trekking. She says she gets such an adrenaline rush when she has overcome very difficult walls! Manuela is a fun loving, determined student who can’t wait to learn more of the English language and feels that her fun loving side will make a year with a host family exciting!
|Siblings:||One older sister|
Singing, playing musical instruments, basketball, watching movies and TV series, travelingLetter to my Host Family
Gabriele is a seventeen year old boy who open minded, cheerful, and lively. Gabriele lives with his father, mother, and sister. He is very close with his family and enjoys spending quality time with them. Whenever he talks about his family he only speaks of positive things! History and Philosophy are his two favorite subjects. Gabriele says he loves school and never gets bored with it. He participates in theater and has made a lot of friends. The biggest passion in Gabriele's life is music. He has been playing the French horn since he was only four! During his free time he will hang out with his friends and eat pizza, play soccer, and go to Boy Scouts together. He is a well rounded adventurous kid who has a hunger to learn! Gabriele is excited to come to America to play music, improve his English, and live in another culture. He is excited to meet his American Family!
|Languages:||Italian, English, Spanish|
|Siblings:||One younger sister and one younger brother|
Drawing, reading, listening to music, fitness, going to the cinema, skiingLetter to my Host Family
Matilde writes, "my biggest hope is to know new friends and a family I can feel a part of." She is a sincere and sociable young lady who truly enjoys being around people. Matilde comes from a large and cheerful family, so she is used to cooking, doing chores and activities, and of course talking! Matilde has a lot of interests in and out of school. She loves to draw, listen and play music, go to the movies, meet new people, travel and ski. She has a secret desire to learn to play the piano! One of the places she has fallen in love with on her travels is San Francisco, but she is excited to go anywhere and everywhere. Matilde is eager to jump in and be a terrific exchange student. She wants to share her culture (and cook!) for her host family. She can't wait to talk to you!
Ane Miren (16)
|Languages:||Spanish, French, Basque, English|
Basketball, skiing, drawing, surfingLetter to my Host Family
It’s a slam dunk if you choose to host Spanish scholarship winner, Ane Miren! She just loves to play basketball and is on her school’s team; she plays a game every Saturday! Ane Miren, who likes to go just by Ane, loves lots of different sports, she likes to ski, surf and just about everything in between! Ane likes to draw and read, she’s also teaching herself to play guitar via youtube tutorials. Ane’s a girl that gets along with just about everybody, kind and thoughtful by nature. She’s a girl with a sense of adventure that’s as big as her heart! When she’s older she’d like to travel the world extensively and volunteer in places like Africa or India, she believes she’ll get a lot of value out of the experience of helping others. Ane comes from a very close-knit family whom she adores, she loves spending time exploring new towns or just watching movies with them, she usually meets her grandparents on Fridays for lunch. Family and friends and the close connections she has with them are important to Ane. She’s excited to become more independent and learn the culture and traditions of the USA. She really appreciates the opportunity she’s been given and looks forward to building a great relationship with her new American family.
|Languages:||Georgian, Russian, English|
|Siblings:||One younger brother|
|Mother:||Head of Education and Culture Development|
Reading, cycling, swimming, drawing, table tennis, chess, volleyball, craftingLetter to my Host Family
Meet 16 year old Peter from Georgia! He has a close knit family of mathematicians and economists - some big shoes to fill! He is successful in his own right winning competitions in English and Math, and representing his school at Olympiads for math. His grandmother is a math teacher too, and she is his biggest supporter. Peter describes himself as "hardworking, creative, and friendly" especially when he is meeting new people and learning new things. His curiosity will make him a wonderful exchange student! Since both of his parents (and Grandma) work full time, they enjoy their evenings together playing chess and backgammon, along with his younger brother. To relax, Peter enjoys reading, playing table tennis, and swimming if he gets the chance. He loves his city and the old architecture, and he can't wait to learn all about our culture in the USA!
|Languages:||French, English, Spanish|
|Siblings:||Two older brothers|
|Mother:||Works for comapny that helps old people to stay in their homes|
Making music with my software, playing to violin, cooking, skiing, biking, volleyball, moviesLetter to my Host Family
Thomas lives with his dad, mom and two older brothers and their pet cat in a larger city in France. When he has time for himself, he loves to make music. He has played the violin since he was four years old. He also plays the guitar, drums, bass guitar and piano. He likes going to concerts with his music school. Since music is his passion, he would like to work in the music business later. He likes to do CAM (Computer Aided Music). He decomposes music on software and work on the song to mix it. He says it is really exciting. He likes to watch movies with his parents and help his older brother with video editing. He likes to cook, ride his bike, and ski. His older brother was an exchange students and he loved it. Thomas would like to make his own experiences with a host family here in the USA.
|Languages:||Spanish, French, English|
Swimming, mounting-bike, skiing, photographyLetter to my Host Family
16 year old Alejandro is choosing to be an exchange student " because it is an opportunity for him to grow as a person, and he feels this is going to be one of the best experiences of his life'. Alejandro, loves swimming he practices 7-8 times per week, he spends most of his free time in the swimming pool, and has competitions once or twice per month. Alejandro does like other sport activities such as cycling and running. Sometimes this is challenging for him when it gets really cold as he has a bit of asthma. (nothing serious). A year in America is a dream come through for Alejandro, he is looking forward to exploring opportunities and become a better person. He is looking forward to sharing the Spanish culture with you. And wants you to know he will respect your rules of cohabitation.
|Languages:||Russian, Ukrainian, English, French|
|Siblings:||One older brother|
Gym, basketball, chess club, dance club, swimming, playing the guitarLetter to my Host Family
Vitaliy comes from a small town in the Ukraine and is looking forward to enjoying the beauty of a new city in America! He lives at home currently with his mother and father, and does have an older brother who lives nearby. He is a self-proclaimed “dreamer” and loves to sit on the seashore, enjoying coffee and watching the sunrise. Maybe your family has a ping-pong table in your home that needs some dusting off? If so, Vitaliy loves to play! He also enjoys basketball and chess; and recently started learning to play guitar. He promises to not hurt your ears with his playing; but would love a teacher or partner to play with him! Vitaliy would make a wonderful addition to your family this coming year and bring his “dreamer” outlook on life and share his hobbies with you too!
|Languages:||German, English, French|
|Siblings:||Two older brothers|
|Mother:||Graduate Social Worker|
Volleyball, basketball, table tennis, reading books, listening to musicLetter to my Host Family
Do you love sports as much as Clara? It’s her passion! She likes to play basketball but there’s no girls team where she lives so she plays on a boys team, luckily she grew up playing basketball with her older brothers so she’s got great experience. She also loves to play volleyball and is on a girls team. Clara played table tennis for years and was a county champion and has recently taken the sport up again. Clara would love to try some different sports in the US. Clara lives with her parents, her two older brothers are away concentrating on their future careers. Clara’s mother works as a social worker looking after mothers and children, her father is a lawyer. Clara has been brought up to have a good social conscience and to care about the less fortunate and those that are struggling. Clara had an amazing three week family vacation to America last year where she got to go to NYC and the east coast and she said it was her best holiday ever! She is looking forward to being able to be more independent and improve on her English language skills and for the amazing experience she is about to embark on as she knows it will be a very interesting and exciting year!