Lukas (16)

male, GERMANY

Languages: German, English
Siblings: One older and one twin sister
Mother: Product trainer
Father: Wood engineer
Religion: Not Involved
GE004HH Y

Interests

Soccer,video games, playing piano, fishing, playing chess, riding a bike,

Letter to my Host Family

"What will the family be like? What are their hobbies? Will I have a host brother or sister? What will it be like, going to a high school? Is it like in the movies? With lockers and different classes?" These are some of the questions Lukas has about his year in the US. And there will certainly be more! He is the only boy in his family, with a twin sister and an older sister. He loves soccer - playing it, watching it, and playing Playstation soccer. He also loves fishing. He likes his small town and riding his bike to school, hanging with his dog, and his buddies. They do all sorts of sports and games together - just typical boy stuff. He has recently decided to teach himself piano - first by watching youtube videos and now he has a teacher. He thinks the teacher is a lot easier to learn from. Lukas seems like a mini-renaissance man who would be a great addition to your family!

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Xuan (16)

female, CHINA

Languages: Chinese, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Business Owner
Father: Business owner
Religion: Not Involved
PC001HH Y

Interests

Photography, reading books, badminton, spending time with friends, playing chess, video games, writing

Letter to my Host Family

Although Xuan was born in a small village in China, her family now lives in a city which has many places of interests, including a mountain with thousands of Buddhas! So she would be very happy to be placed in a small town, she enjoys all sorts of places. Xuan is eagerly awaiting word on where in America she will live and she would be very happy to live with a family who has pets, as she loves playing with animals of all types. Xuan, also enjoys spending time with her little brother, playing his favorite games, chess and computer games. She describes her habits as playing badminton, watching movies, writing and taking pictures. Xuan is looking forward to her American year, she hopes someday to learn rap, and she loves pop music and ballads. Do you? Will you host Xuan?

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Asia (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Housewife
Father: Funeral operator
Religion: Catholic
IT014HH Y

Interests

Rhythmic gymnastics, spending time with the friends, football, volleyball

Letter to my Host Family

Asia is a good-humored girl who is always cheerful. She would like to overcome her limits and get to know new people in America. Asia has been practicing rhythmic gymnastics for 10 years and she also loves volleyball and football. Besides sports Asia has a passion for make-up and fashion. She loves to follow an Italian football team with her brother, shopping and going to concerts. She said “even though I can’t sing I still love to sing and I love music”. Asia lives with her mom, dad and younger brother on a little Island in Italy. Her dad works at a funeral agency and her mom is a housewife. They all have a very close relationship. Summer is Asia’s favorite season and she enjoys spending holidays at the house by the sea. Asia likes learning about new cultures and traditions. She cannot wait to start her new experience in America.

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Maddalena (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: Two older brothers and one older sister
Mother: Employee
Father: Free Lance
Religion: Catholic
IT008HH S

Interests

Oratory, gym, cooking, listening to music,

Letter to my Host Family

Purposeful, ambitious, eager to learn and sensitive are character traits Maddalena uses to describe herself. Growing up in Northern Italy, she is excited to expand her horizons, learn new things, and utilize her eleven years studying English. Once shy, Maddalena loves public speaking, spending time with her family and best girlfriends. Other favorite activities include going to the gym and listening to music. At school Maddalena enjoys and excels in History, Government and Sports Medicine. At home she prides herself on keeping a neat and tidy bedroom, as well as helping her Mom prepare dinner. And absolutely she does not mind doing the dishes! An experience in the U.S. with your loving family will fulfill Maddalena’s desire to experience a different life style, nurture independence and help establish and build a broader outlook in her personal and professional life!

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Valentina (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Bartender
Father: Employee
Religion: Christian
IT010HH Y

Interests

Artistic gymnastics, listening to music, cooking, photography, reading ( student prefers south placement)

Letter to my Host Family

Valentina (Vale) has a dream of becoming an interpreter when she finishes school, which is why this opportunity is so important to her! She is a huge animal lover and also enjoys being around children. Her passion lies in gymnastics, which she has been participating in for the last ten years! Vale really likes to cook and hopes to share her favorite Carbonara recipe with you! She looks forward to studying in the US and making as many new friends as she can! Vale is very outgoing and ready to jump into this experience the minute she joins your family.

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Anungoo (16)

female, MONGOLIA

Languages: Mongolian, English, Chinese
Siblings: Older sister
Mother: Economist
Father: Economist
Religion: Not Involved
MO001EH Y

Interests

Dancing and acting, volunteer dance instructor, playing ping pong, cooking, Chinese culture and language, playing games and spending time with with her family - AS

Letter to my Host Family

Anungoo dreams of being on a stage one day! She loves dancing and acting. One day, she will perform for a large audience and her dream will come true! For now, she enjoys watching movies and volunteering with a dance class. With her family she plays ping pong, does the cooking, and helps with many household chores. Anungoo speaks Mongolian and Chinese. Anungoo likes pets but she is afraid of cats. She had the opportunity to study English in California for 21 days and decided she would love to come back to America. She is mostly looking forward to meeting lots of new American friends!

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Helen (16)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French, Latin
Siblings: None
Mother: Human Resources Business Partner
Father: Architect
Religion: Protestant
GE002MH Y

Interests

Skiing, track and field, organizing, photography, piano and horses - TM

Letter to my Host Family

Helen is a go-getter, She does Track and Field, plays piano, works as a server in a restaurant, does chores around the house and keeps the garden clean. She helped to organize a concert that raised money for "Doctors without Borders". She volunteers at her church as a team leader for candidates who will be making their Confirmation. She enjoys spending time with her extended family and friends. In the future Helen would like to study medicine but if that doesn't work out, follow in her fathers footsteps and become an architect She is excited to come to the US to learn about the American culture and school system. Helen will be a wonderful addition to your family and she is very thankful that you are interested in hosting her.

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Philip (16)

male, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, Latin
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Surgeon
Religion: Protestant
GE002HH Y

Interests

Snowboarding, table tennis, volleyball, swimming, volunteering, walking

Letter to my Host Family

Philip is a German boy of many interests and passions. His biggest dream is snowboarding in different places. Besides snowboarding, Philip plays tennis and he just started to play volleyball. He has played the flute, trumpet and was also in a percussion group. His family consists of his parents - dad is a surgeon and mom is a teacher - and he has an older brother. Philip likes to help his mom around the house and take the dog for a walk. He says “it will prepare him to be ready to live alone”. Philip is a lifeguard and getting to the point where he is teaching kids to swim. He is also an animal lover no matter what type of animal. He is open to new things and excited to live in America for a year.

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Johanna (15)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish
Siblings: One older sister and one older brother
Mother: Engineer
Father: Mechanic
Religion: Not Involved
GE003HH Y

Interests

Handball, baking, reading, baking

Letter to my Host Family

Johanna (Jojo) is a a fun-loving girl, ready to fully experience some American school spirit! She is looking forward to attending pep rallies, sporting events, etc! She has been playing handball for the past nine years, but would love to try volleyball or cheerleading during her exchange year! Jojo enjoys baking and is really looking forward to the holidays and baking Christmas cookies!! She would also like to teach you how to make a traditional German cookie. Jojo can’t wait to be part of your family!

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Paolo (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French, German
Siblings: Twin sister
Mother: Insurance Consultant
Father: Marketing Consultant
Religion: Not Involved
IT007HH Y

Interests

Swimming, skiing, athletics, boxing, calisthenics, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Paolo! Paolo lives in a small town with his family, but attends a boarding school for science during the week. Although he is away at school, he still loves and spends as much time as possible with his family. He has a twin sister who he feels a special bond with and like he can tell her anything. He loves studying all kinds of mathematics, physics, and sciences. He enjoys working out during the week and especially likes doing boxing. He loves being active and has done swimming, skiing, and shot put and discus throwing. He was even the regional champion for three years in the track sports! He is really looking forward to spending a year in America and becoming a part of your family! He promises to be of help around the house and is excited to share his country's cooking and culture with you. Who is ready to try some of Paolo's authentic spaghetti carbonara and pizza?

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