Alexandra (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Russian
Siblings: 1 Younger Brother
Mother: Doctor
Father: Pharmacist
Religion: Not Involved
IM040MH Y

Interests

Cinema, theater, reading books, dancing, ballet, playing guitar, loves her two dogs, cooking/baking, gymnastics, fashion, make-up - TW

Letter to my Host Family

Alexandra describes her character as cheerful and sunny, her room reflects this character by being full of color and photos. Alexandra loves all animals; she has two small dogs that she enjoys playing with and taking on long walks to the park. Her love of music came from her father who gifted her with a guitar. From there Alexandra discovered many old bands that she did not know but fell in love with right away. Alexandra says, “I don’t know what waits me, but I know it will be beautiful!” Alexandra likes to make desserts, especially cakes, she says her brother loves how she cooks. She hopes that you will let her bring both her Russian and Italian culture into your home and introduce you to some typical dishes from them both.

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Shoimsulton (17)

female, TAJIKISTAN

Languages: Tajik, Russian, English, Shugani
Siblings: None
Mother: Nurse
Father: No father in her life
Religion: Muslim
CI145MH Y

Interests

Drawing, singing, playing piano, dancing, exercise, tennis, volunteering, cooking / baking, taekwondo, calligraphy, loves pets

Letter to my Host Family

Shoimsulton says hello from her roof of the world! She is a musical girl who enjoys singing when she cooks or while painting. Shoimsulton is thankful for her family bringing her up as they have, making her who she is today. She describes her family as small with a big heart. She enjoys walks with her family, cooking together and drinking hot chocolate or tea in the evening. She has her own recipes for favorite national dishes and looks forward to cooking for her host family. Shoimsulton enjoys drawing so much that she would like to become an artist or architect. If given the opportunity, she would like to learn Spanish and learn different dance styles. She looks forward to sharing her positive emotions and shining light with her host family.

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Ilona (18)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, Italian, English
Siblings: Older sister
Mother: Teacher
Father: Sales
Religion: Not Involved
FR035EH Y

Interests

Badminton, yoga, climbing, volleyball, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, dancing, gymnastics- PS

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Ilona. She is from a small village in France. Ilona says family is very important to her. They often play board games and travel together. Ilona loves shopping with her mom, sister and friends and also loves traveling. One of her favorite things to do while traveling is trying new foods and learning about new places. Ilona also enjoys going to the beach. Ilona cannot wait to come to America to discover a new culture and try a whole new adventure. She is a great student and prides herself on her great grades. Ilona says she enjoys spending time with friends. They go to the cinema, out to eat, camping, and listen to music. In her free time, Ilona likes watching Netflix or going to the gym. In the future, Ilona wants to work in international affairs. She looks forward to meeting you, her host family, and she knows this experience will be an amazing one.

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Eliza (17)

female, KYRGYZSTAN

Languages: Kyrgyz, English, Russian, Turkish, French
Siblings: One older brothe and one older sister
Mother: Housewife
Father: director precious metals dept
Religion: Muslim
CI131WH Y

Interests

Reading, keeping a diary, debate, swimming, volunteering, projects, acting, fitness, volunteering, playing the piano, badminton, swimming, cycling

Letter to my Host Family

“In U.S. I'd like to try literally everything from female American football, cheerleading to robotics, ICT, because there're many things which we don't have in my homecountry.” Eliza is a Department of State scholarship winner and has also received awards in Malaysian Young Inventors, group dance, acting, English Olympiad, and debating in English. She has been studying English for 3 years and has received the highest level of proficiency in English. In 7th grade, she switched to a girls boarding school and started trying new activities to explore her interests. She has also been studying Kyrgyz, Turkish, Russian, and French. Going to boarding school and trying different activities has made her into a confident, brave, mature, and independent 16 years old. Her friends say she is sociable and cheerful. In her free time with friends, she likes cycling, picnics, going to the cinema, museums, cultural events or just visiting cozy coffee shops. Eliza is from a family of five with 2 older siblings and has always wanted a younger sibling. “My family is really friendly and talkative, we talk too much during dinner and have a fun time together.” She is Muslim and doesn’t eat pork and occasionally goes to church. Her hobbies include reading club, keeping a diary, debate team, swimming, volunteering, projects, acting, fitness, volunteering, playing the piano, badminton, webinars, and translating poems. “I feel so excited and grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to gain such a priceless experience by being involved in your family.”

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Sarah (17)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, German
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Medical Secretary
Father: N/A
Religion: Catholic
FR052WH Y

Interests

Gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling, skiing, sports, running, cooking, shopping, volunteering, tennis, swimming, horseback riding

Letter to my Host Family

Sarah lives in France with her mother and her sister, also her grandparents live in the house right next door. She loves children and would love to have host siblings. Sarah is very sporty, and she would be happy if her host family was very sporty too. Sarah has done gymnastics for 11 years and tumbling. She would love to try cheerleading. She enjoys skiing and mountains in the winter and beaches and hiking in the summer. Sarah prioritizes her schooling. She has loved going to school since she was little. She loves learning and discovering new things. She is very curious, determined, and invested in the school. After high school, she would like to study economics or law especially International business or business law, and then work internationally. Sarah is a little afraid of pets, especially reptiles, birds, rodents, and big dogs. She does love to cook (her family's origin is Italian) she'd be very happy to cook Italian or French food for you. She likes just about all foods and would love to discover your family's culinary specialties. Sarah cannot wait to meet you and get to know you. Sarah looks forward to an amazing year full of discoveries together with her host family.

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Temur (17)

male, UZBEKISTAN

Languages: Uzbek, Russian, English, Tajik, Turkish
Siblings: 1 Younger Brother, 1 Younger Sister
Mother: Seamstress
Father: Lawyer
Religion: Muslim
CI135MH Y

Interests

Loves cats, soccer, morning running, art, geography, nature, map drawing, swimming, volleyball, chess, travel, reading – HH

Letter to my Host Family

FLEX scholarship winner! Temur would like to learn more about sports which are popular in the U.S. He is responsible for taking out the trash, vacuuming the house, going to the store, and the yard work. He has his own garden also. When with his friends, they like to go to museums, play soccer, chess and make maps. He is learning to cook some traditional Uzbek foods and wants to make his host family pilaf. “I get to know people quickly and become friends with them for a long time, and I am sure we will be friends with you for many years to come. Thank you for choosing me. I wish you all the best and look forward to our first meeting.”

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Andrei (16)

male, MOLDOVA

Languages: Russian, English
Siblings: younger sister
Mother: hairdresser
Father: photographer
Religion: Not Involved
CI103EH Y

Interests

Canoeing, karate, swimming, traveling, playing board games - DG

Letter to my Host Family

I am a participant in the FLEX exchange program! I have a lot of interests in traveling, swimming and active games that positively affect your health. I also love to watch movies or play board games such as chess, monopoly and billiards. With my friends, I play basketball and football and sometimes we ride carts. I adapt easy which is why I will be a great exchange student in the United States. This experience will help me to make new friendships and learn different religions and diverse points of view. America is a unique country with a huge amount of values and holidays I am excited to learn. I hope you choose me to be in your family!

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Hannah (16)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Insurance Agent
Father: Lawyer
Religion: Lutheran
YF010WH Y

Interests

Handball, soccer, running, baking, cooking, outdoor activities, watch sports, tennis, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, hip-hop dancing, rollerblading, riding a bike

Letter to my Host Family

Hannah is a straight A student with top scores in English proficiency. She is your all-around athletic girl! Her best sports are handball and running, but she had tried and likes about everything! She is excited to participate in American school spirit things like sports and prom. And can’t wait to watch live sports with your family. Hannah is a social and interactive young lady. She has already participated in a one week exchange with a French girl where they each stayed a week in each other’s homes. This experience confirmed her desire to go to the US! Her other hobbies include soccer, cooking, tennis, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, hip-hop dancing, rollerblading, biking, reading, shopping, and traveling. She is lactose intolerant.

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Vladyslav (16)

male, UKRAINE

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, Polish
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: administrative specialist
Father: associate professor
Religion: Christian Orthodox
CI155WH Y

Interests

Table tennis, jogging, swimming, cooking, acting, drawing, editing videos, editing videos, mind games, gym

Letter to my Host Family

Scholarship recipient! Hello future host family! My name is Vlad, and I am so excited to get the opportunity to get to know you. Family is very important to me, and I’m sure yours will be too! I like to play table tennis with my dad, cook with my mom and explore with my brother. We all carry our weight around the house as well. I enjoy filming and editing videos, jogging, swimming, acting and drawing. I consider myself a very openminded person. My city is multi-cultural; a lot of foreign students live here, and I think that has given me a good idea of how to be the best exchange student I can be. I like to set concrete challenges for myself, and I also like to be trusted with responsibilities. I hope to be a journalist one day. I have so much more to tell you, I hope we can talk soon!

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Sarah (17)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Latin, Italian
Siblings: older sister and brother
Mother: Administrator
Father: Fuels Trader
Religion: Not Involved
FR040EH Y

Interests

Badminton, water sports, saxophone, piano, cooking, hiking, kayaking, running and working out. TW

Letter to my Host Family

Sarah is 17 and is from France, she lives in the countryside, in a small village with her family. She has a older brother and sister. She is very close to her friends because she has known them for over ten years. They love shopping, going on picnics and going on vacations by the sea. She enjoys cooking, especially making desserts. She plays the saxophone and is learning how to play the piano. She enjoys playing badminton, running, water sports and working out to build muscle. In the summer she goes to camp and goes hiking and kayaking. She attends a boarding school, and she is spends the week with her high school friends and they are like her second family. She loves studying economics, geopolitics, history, mathematics and languages. She would like to come to the USA to discover new people and their traditions. She would like to improve and become more comfortable speaking English, because total immersion is the best way to help her learn the language.

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