Daryna (15)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian, French
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Business woman
Father: Main specialist in a metallurgical company.
Religion: Orthodox Christian
CI035HH Y

Interests

Foreign languages, ballroom dances, drawing, nature, animals, painting, volunteering

Letter to my Host Family

Daryna lives in an industrial city in the Ukraine, so she loves visiting nature when she gets the chance. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and little brother. The whole family enjoys ballroom dancing and learning foreign languages together. Daryna really loves dancing and competes in a variety of styles, and even wins lots of competitions. She wants to be a doctor one day, and makes good grades. Her teachers have described her as "industrious and open minded." She describes herself as "cheerful, sociable, and as having the ability to make new friends easily." She promises to be a valued member of your family! The student also wanted to mention that one of the main occupations of her parents is volunteering, they help soldiers and kids.

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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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Zaka (16)

male, AZERBAIJAN

Languages: Azeri, Turkish, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: N/A
Religion: Not Involved
CI022HH Y

Interests

Reading, watching movies, listening to music, cycling, soccer, chess, camping

Letter to my Host Family

Zaka is a FLEX scholarship recipient from Azerbaijan. Sadly, his father passed away 4 years ago, but he lives a happy life with his mom, brother and grandma. His mother is a teacher, so one of their favorite things to do is have a discussion every evening. Zaka is very diligent in keeping up with family responsibilities and chores. He will carry this with him to his host family in the US! Zaka loves to hear music in his life every day. He listens to everything and likes to have it on while doing work. He also likes to watch historical movies and playing soccer. Zaka is a curious and sociable young man, ready to work hard for the present and the future. He believes he has much to share with his host family!

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Jaime (15)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, German
Siblings: Older brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Airline Worker
Religion: Catholic
ES005EH Y

Interests

Soccer, basketball, sailing, taekwondo, windsurfing, trekking, hiking, walking, I love animals especially dogs, cats and birds, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

Hello I am James, I live with my parents and older brother. This is a wonderful opportunity I have been given. I have always lived in Spain and don't know how the rest of the world works but, I cannot wait to find out. I try to always be optimistic and have a smile on my face. I believe it is important to know people on the inside and not judge from the outside. I enjoy all kinds of sports. Sailing and windsurfing are two of my favorite things to do at the coast. In the mountains, I love to hike with my family. I have never done any snow sports but would like to try. Cooking is something I am not great with but, with your help I know I can become much better. I know this next year will be amazing I cannot wait to meet my host family.

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Shang Sheng (16)

male, TAIWAN

Languages: Taiwanese, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Tax Collector
Father: General Administrative Authority
Religion: Not Involved
TW003HH Y

Interests

Listening to music, playing ball games, painting, reading, watching TV, traveling, basketball, volleyball, swimming, soccer, paintball, basketball, roller-skating

Letter 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!

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Vadym (16)

male, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, English, German
Siblings: Two younger sisters
Mother: Housewife
Father: Businessman
Religion: Christian
CI040HH Y

Interests

Listening to music, reading, playing the piano, going to the gym, organizing school events, watching movies, swimming - early arrival

Letter to my Host Family

Vadym says he always has ideas running through his head and wants to share them with everyone. He comes from a united, loving a large family, including two sisters. He gets along very well with them; solving problems together as a family and doing housework together. Vadym describes himself as responsible and friendly. He is a hard-worker at school. In his free time, he like to organize competitions with his friends and school mates. He plays the piano sometimes, and especially loves to read. He says that he would not be "complete" without books! He also likes to hang out with friends. Friendships are very important to him, from the ones that he is leaving behind in Ukraine to the ones he will be making in America! He is excited to make new friends with his host family and peers in the US. Vadym may come from a small town but he has big ideas and ready to share!

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Jacopo (16)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Entrepreneur
Father: Entrepreneur
Religion: Catholic
IT022HH Y

Interests

Volleyball, beach volleyball, listening to music, watching movies, boy scouts

Letter to my Host Family

Jacopo is a 16 year old young man you lives in a small town in Italy with his parents and younger family. "I'm friendly and kind, I'm cheerful and determined in my choices." Jacopo attends school Monday through Saturday, his favorite subjects are Math, Chemistry, Physics, Laboratory, Philosophy and Gymnastic. He spends his time after school with his friends, playing volleyball, or at Boy Scouts. "I like spending some of my free time with friends, because friendship is very important to me." Jacopo has learned many things through Boy Scouts like making a fire, stargazing and building a tent. They have also backpacked around many parts of Italy. Jacopo enjoys listening to music, watching action and horror movies - -his favorite movies are the Harry Potter and Twilight Saga. He hopes to one day attend military academy then work as a police investigator. Jacopo is very happy to spend his exchange year in the US, he is looking forward to meeting you and making new friends. "I'm so excited about this new adventure!"

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Malte (16)

male, DENMARK

Languages: Danish, English, German
Siblings:
Mother: Veterinarian
Father: Farmer
Religion: Christian
DK013HH Y

Interests

Board games, PC games, anime cartoons, camping, swimming, badminton *

Letter to my Host Family

Malte is in the 10th grade and lives on a farm in the countryside of Denmark with his mother and father. His dad is a farmer and contractor and his mom is a veterinarian. They have a big 10 year old dog and 3 inside cats with more outside to catch the mice on the farm. Malte helps around the house with various chores and even helps his mom in the kitchen, so he can cook a little, but he needs a recipe. In the summertime he works harvesting the fields, driving wheat home, getting it out of the combine, filling in the big silos and drying it. It’s a lot of work, but it looks good when it’s finished and you feel good afterward. Malte likes to hang out with his friends, play games, watch Anime or go to the cinema. He goes to a private school of about 350 students and studies Danish, English, Social Studies, PE and Religion. He really likes English and Math. Malte wants to be a zookeeper when he grows up because of his love of animals both small and large. He likes all food but raw tomatoes and cucumbers. Malte has been a scout for 7 years and was the team captain for his scout team at the biggest scout meeting in Denmark. He travels with his parents in the summer to places like Spain, England, Italy and Greece. He really looks forward to spending 10 months with “you guys” and hopes even if you don’t pick him, you get another great student.

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Sergio (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, German
Siblings: Two older sisters, older brother
Mother: Interior Designer
Father: Architect
Religion: Catholic
ES007EH Y

Interests

Tennis club, I practice karate twice a week, I am in my high school basketball team, volleyball, soccer, football, video games, cooking, singing

Letter to my Host Family

Sergio is the youngest of five in his family. He has five young nephews and is close with everyone in his family, including his grandparents. They enjoy going to art exhibits, movie theaters, and live shows together on Saturdays. On Sundays, they spend the day together with a special lunch of paella and then pizza night for dinner. Sergio is on the basketball team at school and also a blue belt in karate. Sergio also enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, football, and tennis. He plays a little bit of video games, but prefers to be active to stay healthy. His goal in life is to follow the example of Steve Jobs and become the greatest entrepreneur, making a difference in his country and in the world.

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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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