Passakorn (16)

male, THAILAND

Languages: Thai, English, Chinese
Siblings: Two younger sister
Mother: Housewife
Father: Owner
Religion: Buddism
TH004WW Y

Interests

The robotic club, Thai music club, taekwondo club, playing musical instruments, swimming, riding a bike, badminton, soccer, jogging

Letter to my Host Family

Sun is an outgoing boy from Thailand who has a close relationship with his parents and young sisters. Sun's interests are varied which makes him a great addition to your family! Have a movie buff? Sun loves Marvel, Jurassic Park, Star Trek and more. Have an athlete? Sun does competitive Taekwondo but also enjoys running, cycling, swimming, badminton, and sometimes soccer. Have a musician? Sun loves all genres of music but especially likes Charlie Puth, Michael Jackson, Adele, Sam Smith, and Maroon 5. He is in music club and band and while he thinks his skills could use improvement he plays the drums, piano, violin and xylophone. Sun is looking forward to a career in robotics and does competitions whenever he has the chance. He is very excited about his dream coming true and being a part of your family!

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Julide (17)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, German
Siblings: 2 Older Sisters, 2 Younger Sisters
Mother: Teacher
Father: Architect
Religion: Not Involved
FR002MM Y

Interests

Acting, cooking, trying new recipes, watching movies, reading - TW

Letter to my Host Family

Julide is an avid reader, her goal is to read one book a week, and often achieves her goal. Although she does not currently have a pet, Julide would love to have a cat. Julide is a lover of the fine arts, acting is a hobby she enjoys as she feels it allows her to express herself and she feels getting to play a character is quite fun. Movie time is an activity Julide enjoys with her family, she feels that cinema brings people together. Nice, open-minded, and sociable are qualities that Julide feels she possesses. Julide can’t wait for this opportunity to help her grow as a person, learn more about American culture, and to experience new things. Julide is a vegetarian.

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Damira (16)

female, KAZAKHSTAN

Languages: Kazakh, Russian, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Not Listed
Father: Not Listed
Religion: Muslim - Inactive
CI023WW Y

Interests

FLEX Scholarship Winner Damira enjoys skiing, ice-skating, cycling, walking, going to the cinema, teaching music and dancing to children, modeling, playing the piano, reading inspirational and motivating books, cooking traditional food, blogging, gymnastic

Letter to my Host Family

Flex Winner! Meet the Damira. She is a vivacious 15-year-old from Kazakhstan! She is eager and excited to come to America and is very grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. She loves trying new things and is it quite an adrenaline junkie. Damira is well rounded and eager to learn. She enjoys skiing and ice-skating as well as practicing her instruments and singing in the shower (and to anyone who will listen)! She volunteers teaching music and dance to children. She also enjoys reading books that add value to her life and doing her best in school. She’s considered to be outgoing and friendly and adapts to new situations easily. Damira will be a wonderful addition to your active and interesting family. She cannot wait to meet you and your family!

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Ben (16)

male, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, Spanish
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Post Office Employees
Father: Traffic Technician
Religion: Not Involved
GE006WW Y

Interests

Soccer, gaming, basketball, skating, playing the guitar, swimming, listening to music, watching movies, student prefers West region

Letter to my Host Family

Hello, meet Ben from Germany who lives in the suburbs with his family and cat! Ben loves the outdoors and is very active in basketball and an avid soccer player. He also enjoys swimming. He loves American music particularly hip hop and pop. Ben has one younger sister sibling but has lots of cousins he loves to hang around with and visit. At first Ben might appear to be quiet and shy but once he is comfortable in a new environment, he is very open-minded, polite friendly and loves to be helpful. His favorite subjects are English and Spanish. Once he thought he wanted to be an Architect but has found a new interest and is thinking about pursuing a teacher's degree to teach English, physical education, history or maybe geography.

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Hugo (16)

male, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Siblings: 1 Older Brother
Mother: Director of Human Resources
Father: Head of Transformation
Religion: Catholic
FR011MM Y

Interests

Soccer, video games, Krav Maga, History, would like to perfect writing - SP

Letter to my Host Family

Hugo is excited to spend a school year in the United States to discover more about a country that has always fascinated him. Discovering a new way of life, living with a new family, making new friends and discovering the world from a new perspective will be beneficial to his future. Hugo has three passions, sports, video games and history. He loves to watch soccer and participates in krav maga. His passion for history was passed on to him from his grandmother, who visited exhibitions with him. He loves to travel allowing him to discover new cultures and ways of living, which allow him to be open minded. Hugo hopes he has inspired you to read more about him in order to see how motivated he is for this new experience!

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Gianluca (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Employee
Father: Taxi Driver
Religion: Not Involved
IM008WW Y

Interests

Soccer, gym, cooking, diving, swimming, student prefers West region

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Gianluca from a small city in Italy. Gianluca is very family oriented. He has a very deep bond with his brother and expressed that this bond aside from his mom and dad is probably one of his most important bonds in his life. Gianluca has a passion for cooking and one of his favorite things to cook is tiramisu. He's also very active and likes working out outdoors. From a young age Gianluca has been involved in water sports and diving at the age of 5. He also like playing soccer. Gianluca is very outgoing and personable. He is an aspiring actor but feels that if that doesn't work out, he will pursue a career in computer technology and telecommunications.

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Juliana (17)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French
Siblings: 1 Older Brother, 1 Older Sister
Mother: Vice Principal
Father: Rector of a school
Religion: Protestant
GE001ME Y

Interests

Dancing, skiing, swimming, meeting up with friends, getting to know countries/cultures, teaching kids how to swim, reading - KR

Letter to my Host Family

Just keep swimming! Julianna does really well rolling with it. She is following in her older siblings’ steps making the decision to go on exchange. Her many interests include skiing, biking, dance class, and swimming. She frequently works teaching younger children learning to swim and finds it fun to watch them succeed. This active girl is also deeply interested in the environment and providing responsible food choices. Julianna is a vegan and often assists her older brother in his local food shop that operates with zero-waste. Mostly, though, since she spent a two-week exchange here in America last year, she is ready to learn even more about American culture and improve her language skills. She’s ready to just keep learning and hopefully swimming into an American family for ten months!

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Marleen (16)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French
Siblings: 1 Younger Sister
Mother: Not Listed
Father: Not Listed
Religion: Catholic
GE007MM Y

Interests

Ballet/Modern dance school, ballet and jazz dancing, horse riding, reading books, skiing, searching for new recipes to cook - SP

Letter to my Host Family

Marleen is an optimistic, spontaneous, vegetarian. She lives at home with both parents, her twin sister and their dog. Marleen makes friends easily and is very open minded. Some of her responsivities at home include the laundry, waking the dog and cooking. She likes to have friend's sleepover, taking photos and watching movies. Dancing ballet (9 years) and horseback riding (6 years) are her favorite past time. In her spare time, she likes to read, and ski in the mountains. She stated "It's not important that you have children, I will just be happy to be a part of your family"

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Augustine (18)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, Spanish
Siblings: older sister and brother
Mother: Gynecologist
Father: Physiotherapist
Religion: Catholic
FR012EE Y

Interests

Avid scouter! Enjoys exercise especially basketball. Participates in various volunteer efforts

Letter to my Host Family

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Luca Stefan (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German, French, Latin
Siblings: One younger brother and one younger sister
Mother: Emergency Doctor
Father: Orthopedic Surgeon
Religion: Not Involved
IT003WW Y

Interests

Soccer, swimming, reading, skiing, cycling, running, basketball, hiking

Letter to my Host Family

Luca is a great student, with a passion of being active. He attends a scientific high school, where he really enjoys his science, math and physical education courses. Luca enjoys being outdoors, whether it's riding his bike, swimming or skiing. He plays on a soccer team, but also enjoys other sports like basketball! Luca shares "I am extremely curious and can't wait for new experiences and meet new friends."

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