Phakkhamon (16)

female, THAILAND

Languages: Thai, English, Chinese
Siblings: One older sister and one younger brother
Mother: Businesswomen
Father: Businessman
Religion: Buddism
TH007HH Y

Interests

Cooking, photography, singing, basketball, watching movies, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Namfon or Rainny describes herself as easy going, cheerful, patient, and responsible. Rainny says being raised in a loving family is what has influenced her character. Rainny enjoys outdoor activities with her family and playing basketball as she feels being active is good for your health. Rainny wants to be an exchange student to gain confidence and experience a new lifestyle and culture. Her top three favorite movies are Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, and Transformers. Rainny wants you to know that she is not a picky eater and would love to cook you some Thai food so you can experience what real Asian food taste like. Rainny can’t wait to meet you!

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Alexandrina (17)

female, MOLDOVA

Languages: Romanian, Russian, German, English
Siblings: Two older sisters and on younger sister
Mother: Not listed
Father: Not listed
Religion: Christian Orthodox
CI009HH Y

Interests

Poetic and dramatic theatre, choir, debates, IT, volunteering, watching movies, walking, basketball, volunteering, dancing

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Alexandria, a family orientated young lady. You would say Alexandria leads a very busy life. She likes to be a part of the community and a part of her family. She likes to involve herself in many clubs of her interests. She feels being involved is important. She would like to be a model one day as well. She feels that self-worth and keeping yourself healthy is important. She believes staying positive and believing in yourself and others are important. She believes that treating others with respect is important and most importantly she believes that her Host Family can teach her so much more. Are you ready to Host such an inspirational young lady?

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Miguel (15)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: Two older brothers
Mother: Social Educator
Father: N/A
Religion: Catholic
SP038HH Y

Interests

Canoeing, reading, hiking, spending time with friends, watching TV series, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Miguel. He is a happy guy, loves to be active, and can’t wait to meet his new family! Miguel is a wonderful athlete and a strong competitor in his kayak, he trains 6 days a week and recently his team placed 5th in all of Spain. Miguel loves animals and would love to experience living with dogs or cats since his family in Spain has no pets. When he grows up Miguel isn’t sure exactly what he would like to do yet, but he knows he is interested in the engineering field. Miguel is close with his brothers and his mother; in fact, he says his mother is the person he looks up to the most. As a family they like to relax together, to chat, and to watch movies. Miguel just wants you to know that he is grateful to you for considering him and that he can't wait to get to know you.

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Filippo (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Teacher
Father: Product Manager
Religion: Not Involved
IT033HH Y

Interests

Soccer, playing the electric guitar, mountain hiking, architecture, skiing, art, riding a bike, swimming, drawing, photography

Letter to my Host Family

Filippo says that he is a curious boy with a stable, calm, and relaxed character. Since the age of two Filippo has enjoyed spending his time in his grandmother’s art studio and enjoys drawing and taking photos. Another passion that Filippo has is the mountains in which he has inherited from his grandfather and the many hikes they have taken together. From his love of the mountains Filippo has been involved in a local mountain climbers club for the past seven years. At school his favorite subjects include math, physics, and computer science courses. Filippo has been playing the electric guitar for the past three years, he enjoys playing music with his sister who plays the drums. With his friends Filippo enjoys the great outdoors and going hiking, skiing, and having fun excursions in the mountains.

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Marcello (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Teacher
Father: Engineer
Religion: Not Involved
IT007HH Y

Interests

Soccer, tennis, kickboxing, skiing, swimming, playing the guitar, chess, cooking, listening to music, watching movies, Student prefers South Region

Letter to my Host Family

Marcello is a true renaissance man! He is from Northern Italy where he lives with his mom, dad, sister and a cat. He is athletic - he played soccer for many years and now he enjoys kickboxing. He also plays tennis and swims. He has studied abroad for short programs but now he is ready for the big leagues - the USA! He describes himself as "calm, social, and determined" and is a math and physics person. But that's not all - Marcello plays a mean electric guitar in a band and has played at events and music festivals. He also loves to eat and is happy to cook Italian dishes for you. See? Renaissance man!

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Francesca (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Shop Assistant
Father: Driver
Religion: Christian
IT037HH Y

Interests

Dancing, swimming, cooking, volleyball, athletics, gym, spending time with friends, volunteering

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Francesca! Francesca sometimes goes by Francy and describes herself as Friendly, funny, and lively. She likes the heat of a hot summer day and likes to swim in the sea. She loves animals and has 3 dogs at home who she loves. Her dream dog would be a furry little Pomeranian. Francy enjoys math and psychology but she isn’t sure what she would like to do when she grows up. Francesca enjoys movies that have important lessons for living better and being more positive like the movie Wonder. She has always dreamed of having a younger sister and enjoys spending time with children. Her parents have always encouraged her to do her best at everything she tries and she wants to say “Thanks so much for this fantastic experience if you want to offer me, I hope to spend many beautiful moments in your company. I can’t wait to meet you in person.”

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Africa (15)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Economist
Father: Painter
Religion: Not Involved
SP015HH Y

Interests

Drama lessons, athletics, soccer, drawing, reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing board games, spending time with friends

Letter to my Host Family

If you are looking for your exchange daughter to be athletic, family oriented and goal oriented, look no further because Africa is your girl! She is very close with her family and explains that her younger sister is the best part of her life. She has a unique relationship with her mom, dad, and stepmom but wouldn't change it for anything. Her mom is her #1 idol! Africa is also a very athletic girl and loves to stay busy. She is always filling up her free time with something to do, even if it is snuggling up with a good book. She is a curious girl and always wanting to learn something new. Speaking of something new to her, she has never seen snow and is hopeful to experience that for the first time in America!

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Antonio (16)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Doctor
Father: Nurse
Religion: Catholic
IT025HH Y

Interests

Volleyball, basketball, swimming, spending time with friends, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Antonio who describes himself as a " simple guy, sunny, funny and friendly." Antonio loves sports and feels that sports are a great way to meet people. Sports and nutrition are important to Antonio. What also is very important to Antonio is family. He views his Host family as his second family and is excited to meet you. He is a very hard worker in school and values his grades. Antonio is a man of many talents! He can dance, loves swimming, and is athletic. However, he loves motorcycles and dreams of traveling the world on a motorcycle one day. I think I'll let Antonio finish this, " I thank you very much because I know you’re ready to give me a lot….like my second family and I want to do the same for you. See you very soon. A big hug to all of you!"

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Lucia (15)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Nursing Assistant
Father: Senior Electricity Technician
Religion: Catholic
SP024HH Y

Interests

Painting, singing, reading sci-fi, and mystery books, running, swimming, volleyball, diving, cooking, running, walking, volunteering, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Lucia is a straight A student, who is ready for her exchange year. She believes "we are living in a world where borders are no longer limits and I believe it´s important to enrich yourself with lots of different cultures to get a more critical way of thinking, a more creative perspective and develop emotional intelligence." Lucia is quite musical and has played the viola for the past five years and has also participated in choir at her music school. She also really enjoys art, particularly painting with water colors. She has a wonderful relationship with her grandfather and looks forward to their conversations over lunch that happen frequently. Lucia believes he will be the most proud of her for making her dream of studying in the U.S. a reality!

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Lucy (17)

female, GERMANY

Languages: German, English, French
Siblings: Two younger brothers
Mother: Florist
Father: Photo Journalist
Religion: Catholic
GE002HH Y

Interests

Badminton, baking, walking, watching movies, spending time with friends

Letter to my Host Family

Are you looking for a student that is reliable, adventurous, helpful, and open-minded? Look no further because Lucy is your girl! Some other great qualities that she lists are ambitious, kind, polite and humorous. She has an open personality and loves to make the best of every situation. She has younger siblings and loves being an older sister, so younger kids in your home would not be a problem at all! She is also a huge animal lover and has a dog and some chickens back home in Germany. Lucy is a vegetarian but don't let that stop you from hosting her because she is not a picky eater and doesn't have a problem finding something to eat. She also doesn't mind if you eat meat around her. Lucy has had a dream of living in American since she was a young girl, will you help make this dream come true?

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