Aruzhan (15)

female, KAZAKHSTAN

Languages: Kazakh, English, Russian
Siblings: One older and one younger brother
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A
Religion: Muslim
CI030HH Y

Interests

Dancing, singing, piano lessons, volleyball, reading, cooking, paintings, athetics

Letter to my Host Family

"I think the best quality in my character is never give up, If I will start something I will do it till the end. Aruzhan has big plans for her future, starting with her exchange year, a year she believes will be filled many new experiences and challenges. "I want to learn something new" Aruzhan enjoys time with family, playing the piano, dancing, singing, and sports. "I will be very happy if you take me to your family, it is a great honor for me".

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Yernur (17)

male, KAZAKHSTAN

Languages: Kazakh, English, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek
Siblings: Four older sisters
Mother: N/A
Father: Deceased
Religion: Muslim
CI043HH Y

Interests

Reading, basketball, tennis, soccer, fitness, swimming, volunteering, chess

Letter to my Host Family

"Yera" from Kazakhstan as A LOT to say - about A LOT of things! He is the youngest in family - with 4 older sisters and a single mom. He really adores and respects his mother. His dad lives outside the home and he doesn't see him often but enjoys his company when they are together. He collects books, loves pop culture - especially Marvel comics, and takes a lot of pride in his unique music play list - and he is anxious to show you. He speaks 5 languages, loves to play tennis, and wants to be an International Lawyer or an oilman. Other things he would like for you to know is that he is well liked at school, was practically raised by his sisters, and has lots of friends. Oh, and he loves ice cream and occasionally anime!

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Jana (16)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Hairdresser
Father: N/A
Religion: Not Involved
GE005HH Y

Interests

Gymnastics, Dancing, Taekwondo, fishing, riding a bike, swimming

Letter to my Host Family

Jana is a 15 year old young lady who lives on an island in Germany with her parents, younger brother and pets. Jana describes herself as, joyful, optimistic, open minded and a fast learner. She hopes to see much more of the world and has always been fascinated by the USA. Jana and her family stay active and all enjoy going fishing. "I really like those family trips and spending free time with my brother and parents." Jana is very active in gymnastics and has been since birth, she also participates in Taekwondo and dance. Jana balances her active lifestyle with some downtime watching netflix and spending time with friends. "We go to the cinema to enjoy movies, help each other shopping and have sleepovers." Jana is very curious about the life as an American high schooler and wants to experience living the American culture firsthand. "With choosing me, you would help me to make a dream come true."

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Francesca (16)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Bank Clerk
Father: Engineer
Religion: Not Involved
IT037HH Y

Interests

Playing drums, swimming, artistic gymnastics, reading, theater club, taekwondo, surfing, baseball, photography, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

Say hello to self confident, friendly, 16 year old Francesca from Italy. Francesca does not currently have any pets because her father and brother are allergic, but would love to have one while living with your family!! Francesca says she has loved learning English every since her teacher taught them Beatles songs when in primary school. Francesca enjoys the piano, but also plays the drums, she’s even in a band that plays covers for famous rock songs. Francesca enjoys swimming and gymnastics, but would love to try to surf or play baseball. Photography is another passion that Francesca has, she’s even entered a contest for her work. Francesca enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and even has learned to cook from her grandmother. Francesca is ready to spend her exchange year with your family, and hopes to learn more about your family and herself in the process!

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Gaia (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Employee
Father: Shop Assistant
Religion: Catholic
IT045HH Y

Interests

Dancing, surfing, windsurfing, walking, singing, hiking, cooking

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Gaia! Her name means "happiness" and her personality stays true to that name! She is a very outgoing 16 year old that lives with her parents in a small town in Italy. She describes herself as determined, self-confident and ambitious. She attends a scientific school and plans to attend a university and study medicine or biology. In her free time she enjoys adventures and spending time at the sea and doing sports such as surfing and windsurfing. Another thing that she is very passionate about is singing and dancing. She has been doing both since the age of 3, but recently decided to devote all of her time to dance. She loves classical and modern dance and hopes to be a cheerleader while here in America! Gaia is very excited to become a part of your family and not only learn about our culture, but teach you all there is to know about Italy!

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Domas (17)

male, LITHUANIA

Languages: Lithuanian, English
Siblings: 2 Older and 1 Younger Brother
Mother: Not Listed
Father: Not Listed
Religion: Not Involved
CI031MH Y

Interests

Watching movies, travel, reading, long distance running, politics, member of the youth political organization, robotics, music school, programming - TM

Letter to my Host Family

Domas lives in a small town rich in history, lakes and forests. He lives close to the big city, so he feels he gets to enjoy the best of both. Because he comes from a bigger family , he feels he know how to share space and be responsible. He has his daily chores that he does plus helps out in the yard and with his pets. Domas likes spending time with his family going to the movies and reading, long distance running and politics. . He sees himself in his future, going into the medical field or computer science and is looking forward to meeting and learning all about you and your family

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David (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Civil Servant
Father: Civil Servant
Religion: Christian
SP004HH Y

Interests

Listening to music, running, swimming, cycling, soccer, reading

Letter to my Host Family

Sports fan David loves soccer and cycling. He’s been playing soccer for year but since age 9, he’s been goal keeper. Swimming and running are activities David likes to participate in too. He is looking forward to coming to the states and trying some other team sports in an American school. David has a large extended family that enjoys spending time together especially in the summer time. At home lives with his mother and younger sister. David has been a straight A student for many years and really enjoys learning. History, especially the contemporary age, is of great interest to him. He also loves biology and is thinking of studying something biology related when he goes off to college. David enjoys reading, especially mystery and fantasy novels like Harry Potter. David hopes to get the maximum benefit of this wonderful scholarship he has won by learning a lot, meeting lots of people, learning about the traditions and daily life of an American family and he hopes he will be able to share his country with you too!

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Aysaule (16)

female, KAZAKHSTAN

Languages: Kazakh, English, Russian
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: N/A
Father: Deceased
Religion: Muslim
CI044HH Y

Interests

Reading, photography, sports, volunteering, drawing, singing, writing, drama club, cooking, swimming, badminton, baking, writing, running

Letter to my Host Family

Aysaule or (ice cream as her family sometimes calls her) is excited to come to America, to meet the people the believes to be responsive and decisive, she hopes to meet her host families expectations. Aysaule considers herself a versatile person who loves to learn about everything around her, but her favorite things to do are reading, going to debate club, public speaking club, photography and others, Aysaule keeps a planner so she keeps herself Organized. " I am looking forward to seeing you, there is so much I want to share with you" Thank you for hosting me.

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Francesco (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Engineer
Father: Manager
Religion: Not Involved
IM001WH S

Interests

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Francesco! He describes himself as outgoing, friendly, curious, open-minded and positive. He is very family oriented and enjoys every minute that he gets with his family. His father travels a lot for work and that means that he only gets to spend weekends with his whole family, but cherishes any time they have together. A couple things that Joseph is very passionate about are basketball and music. He has been playing basketball since he was 8 years old and loves shooting hoops and practicing. He also plays the drums and prefers to play rock music as a way to relax and relieve stress. He hopes to come here and see what the American lifestyle is like, since he only knows it from television and movies. He knows that it is very different than European culture, which is what has always drawn him to America and wanting to study here. Will you help Francesco live his dream?

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Mykhaylo (16)

male, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, French, Russian, English
Siblings: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A
Religion: Christian
CI051HH Y

Interests

Soccer, basketball, reading, cooking, tennis, music

Letter to my Host Family

Mykhaylo, one of our scholarship students, enjoys playing board games and reading with his family. Personally, he enjoys playing sports, but music is where his passion is! He hasn't been playing for too long, but he recently started his own band and has loved every minute of it! They came together to share their strengths and become better musicians together. His music inspiration comes from the Beatles, Linkin Park, Nirvana and even Beethoven! If you can't tell already, Mykhalo enjoys challenges and trying new things! He wants to attend the best university he can to study to become a lawyer, musician or IT technician! He dreams of coming to the US so he can keep practicing his English, play some basketball and make new friends.

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