Mathilde (17)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Social Worker
Father: Cost Vender Tooling
Religion: Not Involved
FA010HH Y

Interests

Horseball game, drama club, horseback riding, photography, skiing, listening to music, going out with the friends

Letter to my Host Family

Do you love horses? Ever heard of a sport called horse-ball? Mathilde is an accomplished horse-ball competitor - it is a combination of rugby and basketball - on horseback. She plays/practices three times per week. She also loves cats and gardening in home which is outside of Paris. She has long school days and takes a bus one hour each way. She has a little brother, and her parents were both ice hockey players so she has grown up doing a lot of winter sports like skiing and going to watch hockey. She also loves sushi and hanging with her friends.

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Nino (17)

female, GEORGIA

Languages: Georgian, English, Russian
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Specialist in economic services at the city hall
Father: Deceased
Religion: Christian Orthodox
CI031HH Y

Interests

Volunteering, creative writing, extra math and Georgian grammar classes, international politics, hiking

Letter to my Host Family

Nino is an excellent student who has a passion for writing (in both English & Georgian)! She enjoys writing long & short stories, along with poems. She finds the art of writing very liberating and hopes to one day become a famous writer! She also enjoys learning about international law, politics and how other cultures work. She has a great desire to learn as much as she can about other cultures. It is her dream that one day she can create positive change and make the world a better place, even if it is better for just a couple of people. Nino looks "forward to meeting you and spending an amazing time with you!"

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Elmirbek (17)

male, KYRGYZSTAN

Languages: Kyrgyz, English, Russian
Siblings: One younger brother and two younger sisters
Mother: Not listed
Father: Not listed
Religion: Muslim
CI017HH Y

Interests

Reading, riding a bicycle, watching movies, volleyball, table tennis, art, swimming, volunteering, writing,

Letter to my Host Family

Have any good American reads to recommend to Elmir? His favorites are detective stories! Elmir really looks forward to practicing English, learning more about American government, and experiencing daily American life. He comes from a family of six and loves company. Elmir is a big help and loves to volunteer – especially with kids. Someday, he would like to start a fund for impoverished African children. (Perhaps after he begins a career in architecture or business!) He enjoys any school subject except chemistry and, in his free time, plays sports with friends or goes out for fresh air with his family. Elmir and his family practice Islam and attend services occasionally. He hopes you will enjoy his positive, responsible attitude, and praises you for hosting a student from another country!

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Sofia del Carmen (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Administrative
Father: Enterpreneur
Religion: Not Involved
SP028HH Y

Interests

Tennis, dancing, reading, hiking, camping, swimming, volleyball, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Sofia, a very athletic, family orientated and nature loving young lady. She loves to spend time with her younger sister, and she is a great role model for her sister! They often play sports together and Sofia enjoys teaching her sister new things. She very much enjoys dancing, specifically flamenco dancing and ballet. Flamenco Dancing is a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements. Sounds fun, maybe a new dance style for you to learn? Don’t miss the opportunity to get to do know this wonderful young lady!

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Aitana (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Hairdresser
Father: Metallurgical Factory
Religion: Not Involved
SP010HH Y

Interests

Volleyball, figure skating, trekking, reading books, dancing, snowboarding

Letter to my Host Family

Sweet Aitana is a "jack of all trades" when it comes to sports. She loves hiking - "trekking" with her parents and sister to spend time together. She had been a dancer for years and loved it, but was ready for a change so she tried volleyball - and loves that too. She has also competed in figure skating and roller skating, and enjoys skiing and snowboarding. She usually does all of these activities with either her friends or her family - and has even done fun runs for charity. She makes excellent grades in school, and thinks she wants to study medicine or science. Oh, and she has a pet bunny rabbit that she cares for.

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Albert (17)

male, CZECH REPUBLIC

Languages: Czech, English, German
Siblings: Two older brothers
Mother: Marketing Director
Father: Head of Editoriship
Religion: Catholic
CZ001EH Y

Interests

Folk music club, playing guitar, Czech bagpipes, singing, running, riding bike, football, floorball, basketball, skiing, skating, swimming, traveling, Math, cooking - WO

Letter to my Host Family

In school, I am known as a great sportsman and mathematician. But what some do not know is that I love to cook. My father is a great sportsman and a great cook, so I have learned that from him. I live with my parents and my two older brothers do not live at home anymore. My parents and I do many activities other than cooking. We sail, swim and run in the summer and in the winter we love winter sports and enjoy the mountains. I used to play ice hockey a lot. On the creative side, my mom is a photographer and she is teaching me. I also play the guitar and Chez bagpipes which I have played in lots of festivals. My friends say I am friendly, reliable and talkative and do not like conflicts. I am looking forward to discovering new places.

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Antonio (17)

male, PORTUGAL

Languages: Portuguese, English, French
Siblings: One younger brother and one younger sister
Mother: Marketing Director
Father: Lawyer
Religion: Christian
PO003HH Y

Interests

Songwriting, singing, jigsaw puzzles, skiing, writing, going to the movies, judo, tennis

Letter to my Host Family

Hello, my name is Antonio (people call me Tony) and I'm from Lisbon. I am the oldest of two youngest siblings (sister and brother). My favorite hobbies are songwriting, singing, reading, going to the movies, jigsaw puzzles and ski. I also play the guitar and piano. My favorite music genre is Country and favorite singer is John Denver. I enjoy volunteering and have volunteered in tutoring for mathematics and physics. I've studied English for 15 years and French for 3 years. I'm excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this exchange program and it's a lifelong dream for me. I believe that living with a host family can give me more social skills that will help me in the future with my goals and education.

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Claudia (15)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English
Siblings: Two younger brothers
Mother: Culture Management Public Sector
Father: Partner of IT Consulting Company
Religion: Catholic
ES003HH Y

Interests

Scout, athletics,paddle tennis, skiing, volunteering, swimming, surfing

Letter to my Host Family

Like sports? Or even bonding over good music? You will LOVE Claudia, from coastal Spain! She enjoys outdoor activities and "any kind" of sport, but skiing is her favorite. Claudia is Catholic and from a large family. She admits that her youngest sibling bugs her sometimes, but it doesn't prevent her from being close and keeping up with both her brothers. She has many beloved relatives, and cherishes their dinners and field trips together. When she's not playing sports, Claudia likes to hang out at a friend's house, play the piano, or listen to modern music, and she is a scout! When you meet her, ask about the very special concert she went to last year! She also enjoys her math and art classes at school. Claudia would love to be a part of your close-knit family. She hopes her American family will teach her about their culture and help her fine-tune her English!

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Aslan (16)

male, KAZAKHSTAN

Languages: Kazakh, English, Russian, Turkish
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Deceased
Father: Enterpreneur
Religion: Muslim
CI044HH Y

Interests

Playing softball, reading, dancing, basketball, soccer, volleyball, judo, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis

Letter to my Host Family

Are you looking for a student who enjoys being active?? If yes, say hello to Aslan! Aslan enjoys being active and, on the go, he says he loves trying new activities! During the week Aslan attends a boarding school but gets to spend his weekends with his father and younger sister. He describes himself as also being a bit of a bookworm and says, “books play a pivotal role in broadening your horizon.” At school Aslan is the class president and enjoys being able to talk with everyone as he believes communication is very important. In the future Aslan would love to become a world class surgeon and make a difference. Aslan’s motto is to live every day you have like it is the day of your life. Are you the family to help make Aslan’s dreams come true?

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Ana Maria (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One Younger Sister
Mother: Tax Accountant
Father: Electronic Technician
Religion: Not Involved
SP044WH Y

Interests

Reading, graphic design, dancing, skiing, swimming, cycling and listening to music, debate club.

Letter to my Host Family

Ana Marie considers herself to be a sunny, positive person. She truly enjoys the simple things in life and would be happy just hanging out with her family or friends, reading, watching a movie, or listening to music. She is currently taking swim classes to learn water rescue, as well as dancing! She started out learning ballet and the "flamenco" (a Spanish dance), but has transitioned into hip hop and loves the drastic change! She is always wanting to learn and become better in all aspects of her life. Ana is hoping this experience will teach her independence and show her other cultures. This will help her as she learns more about what she wants to do with her future and she is thankful for this opportunity!

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