Altynai (16)

female, KYRGYZSTAN

Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English, Korean, Chinese
Siblings: One older sister and one younger brother
Mother: Maintenance Dept Employee
Father: Science Researcher
Religion: Not Involved
CI044HH Y

Interests

Hiking, friends, reading, volunteering, dancing, watching movies, volunteering, singing, puzzles, playing table games, listening to classical music, theater, foreign languages, visiting museums

Letter to my Host Family

I am a very outgoing, open-minded and creative person. I have an optimistic personality. I am always making the most out of every situation. My family and I spend a lot of time together. We often go hiking and have picnics together. On Kyrgyz holidays we cook traditional food together. Another family activity is puzzles. Also I love playing table games such as Monopoly, checkers and UNO. When I studied English, I read many essays and topics about volunteering. I think we were designed to help one another. I would like to try choir, swimming, aerobics, baseball or new sports if possible in the USA. I watched a program and heard these words ‘everything in your world is created by what you think’ and upward of this moment my life changed. I said to myself that I will challenge myself to get new experience every day. I want to experience the American rich cultural heritage and fascinating history. Also I want to taste the real America! I am very excited to meet you and enjoy spending time with you!

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Francesca (16)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French
Siblings: One younger sister, one younger brother and one older brother
Mother: Employee
Father: Engineer
Religion: Not Involved
IT058HH Y

Interests

Gym, horse-back riding, reading, listening to music, watching movies, skiing, snowboarding, animals, cooking, traveling

Letter to my Host Family

Got animals? Francesca adores them, she’s loved every kind of animal since she was very young! She’s even a vegetarian because she loves them so much, so she doesn’t eat any meat or fish but she loves all other food. She’s excited to cook some Italian dishes for her new American family! Another passion for Francesca is sports, she can’t imagine going a day without doing some kind of sports, even when she’s really busy with school or errands she always makes sure she finds a little time in her day for sports, horse riding, snowboarding and swimming are among a few of her favorite sports. Francesca does very well at school, she loves English, Spanish, Philosophy and Biology and P.E. Languages make her feel ‘international’ so she loves to practice them! Francesca knows that this year in the US will be life changing for her and she can’t wait for the experience and she’s already grateful for the extraordinary opportunity that her host family are gifting her! She hopes you will think of her as your daughter!

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Cristian (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, French
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Supermarket's managerial
Father: Painter
Religion: Not Involved
SP017HH Y

Interests

Watching TV series, reading, badminton, bowling, board games

Letter to my Host Family

Cristian is a Spanish scholarship recipient from the north east coast of Spain. There he lives with his parents brother and dog. "I love spending time with them and the activities that we do the most often are eating in restaurants, going to visit other relatives and going to the cinema." Cristian really loves the city where he lives, but also really enjoys nature, "I love to do excursions to forests and mountains." Cristian also loves animals, especially his dog Noa. It was his childhood dream to have a dog and his family adopted her a few years ago when she was a puppy. As for hobbies, Cristian enjoys reading; his favorite saga is Harry Potter. He has got to meet more people due to their shared love of Harry Potter by going to different events. He doesn't describe himself as very active, but Cristian does like racket games and would like to play a sport while in the US. Cristian is ready to immerse himself in another culture and enjoy the good things it involves, "meeting new people, discovering new traditions and habits, improving the language, etc." Cristian is glad to find a second home in your home, 'I thank you beforehand for your generous hospitality.'

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Romain (18)

male, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Siblings: Two younger sisters
Mother: Entrepreneur
Father: Entrepreneur
Religion: Not Involved
FR035EH Y

Interests

Basketball, video shooting, photography, listening to music, sports, traveling, watching TV series, fashion

Letter to my Host Family

Romain is an outgoing seventeen year old who lives with his mother, father, two younger sisters, one bulldog, and three cats! Romain loves spending time with his family especially when they eat dinner together. Romain helps around the house whenever his parents ask and he enjoys helping them. He describes himself as a jokester and easy going. Romain loves to meet new people and try new things. Basketball is his favorite sport and he plays at least three times a week! Another hobby he has is music. He loves listening to jazz and soul music. Taking photographs and making videos is something he enjoys doing with his friends on the weekends. Romain cannot wait to come to America and become apart of your family!

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Caroline Louise (18)

female, SWEDEN

Languages: Swedish, English, Spanish
Siblings: One younger sister and one older sister
Mother: Assistant Nurse
Father: Director
Religion: Not Involved
SW002HH Y

Interests

Nature, animals, art, music, traveling, skiing, hiking, photography, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

To know Caroline, all you need to do is look at her love of art and nature. She is an intelligent, compassionate and ambitious young lady. She has been raised with a love of travel, education, animals, and meeting new people. Caroline enjoys school and aims to get straight A's in all her classes. When she is finished with her studies, she likes to swim, ski, go to parks, concerts, museums and much much more! Caroline has a deep love of art, design and the beauty of nature. She has a great respect for animals, and therefore has decided to be a vegetarian. Although she assures her host family that she can prepare her own food if needed. All her life, she has treasured experiencing new and different places, people, and things. She is so thrilled to take part in her host family's everyday life and wants to be a part of it!

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Thomas (15)

male, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Siblings: Two older brothers
Mother: Works for comapny that helps old people to stay in their homes
Father: City Worker
Religion: Not Involved
FR002WH Y

Interests

Making music with my software, playing the violin, cooking, skiing, biking, volleyball, movies

Letter 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 student and he loved it. Thomas would like to make his own experiences with a host family here in the USA.

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Chun Yang (16)

male, TAIWAN

Languages: Chinese, English
Siblings: One older sister and one age-mate brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Professor
Religion: Not Involved
TW001HH Y

Interests

Playing basketball, baseball, soccer, singing, playing the piano, swimming.

Letter to my Host Family

Chun-Yang, who goes by Brian, is from a family of five who live in Taiwan. His family consists of his parents, older sister and twin brother. Brian describes his parents as "very kind, loving and open-minded." Brian describes himself as 'bright, easy going and creative,' he is very respectful of his teachers and parents. At school he is the leader of his class and gets along well with his classmates, "I am so lucky to have them around me." Brian is very eager to learn everything! He has received awards in mathematics, received the Mayor's award for excellent conduct, and received the first prize in "Power-saving drama competition." In addition to his studies, Brian also exercises, runs track, swims and plays basketball. He has a few different ties to the US; the first is that he was born in Los Angeles, secondly he participate in a summer program at the University of Northern Colorado. Brian is very grateful for everything and is looking forward to starting his life in the US, "it is worthwhile to be an exchange student and learn new things." He will do his best to adjust to your family and have a good time with you, "thank you for considering me to be a part of your family."

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Sunxiuping (18)

male, CHINA

Languages: Chinese, English, Japanese
Siblings: None
Mother: Administrator
Father: General Manager
Religion: Not Involved
PC001MH Y

Interests

Playing the guitar, photography, badminton, basketball, calligraphy, archery, swimming, drawing, volleyball, climbing mountains, skiing - HT

Letter to my Host Family

Xiuping is an optimistic 17 year old from China. Xiuping loves school. He attends the best school in his province and it is ran like a University rather than a high school. Xiuping loves to play the guitar. He is in a band called Crazy Seed. They travel and perform at different events. He also likes photography. Xiuping and his mother love to go out and take pictures together. He enjoys taking pictures of beautiful scenery and nature. He hopes to capture the wondering moments he spends with his American family when he gets here. Xiuping is also very active in sports. He enjoys playing basketball, badminton, volleyball, swimming, archery. His favorite NBA team is the Celtics. Xiuping's family is very important to him. He is an only child so he has a lot of chores to do around the house. He loves to cook. His specialty is Chinese food. Xiuping does not have pets at his house but they have a pet cat at school. He loved caring for the animal and hopes to help out with caring for a pet in his American home.

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Frederik (15)

male, DENMARK

Languages: Danish, English, French, Chinese
Siblings: Two younger sisters and one younger brother
Mother: Chief Consultant
Father: Associate Professor
Religion: Christian
DK015HH Y

Interests

Swimming, soccer, gym

Letter to my Host Family

Frederick of Denmark describes himself as "outgoing, empathetic, and a good sense of humor." He wants to be an entrepreneur when he grows up, and he also enjoys writing computer code - he recently learned Javascript. Though he isn't Catholic, he has been attending a Catholic school for years, and he scripts himself as an "active Christian." His parents are divorced, and each of them has remarried and so he has younger siblings in both of his homes - he primarily lives with his mom and step dad. When he was younger he spent every vacation on his grandparents farm and loved all of it - the animals and his Grandmother's storytelling. He has a mild allergy to cats, but he will bring his own medication and handle it himself. He has traveled a bit with his family, and is very excited about his new adventure in your home!

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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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