Julia (18)

female, POLAND

Languages: Polish, French
Siblings: 1 younger brother and 1 older sister
Mother: Buyer for a toy & stationery firm
Father: Instructor for small businesses designing & selling home appl
Religion: Not Involved
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Interests

Flex Scholarship Winner - Julia enjoys all sorts of crafts including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint, scrapbooking, baking, bullet journaling, and being a part of a drama club.

Letter to my Host Family

Julia lives with her parents and her two siblings. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, embroidering, scrapbooking, and is part of her school drama club. She recently started bullet journaling which can be challenging to keep up with but she loves it. Julia says with her friends she is an animated and energetic person, which stands in opposition to her contained, calm self who likes knitting and embroidery. She and her friends joke about how they are going to write and direct a musical about the last Polish king. They meet up and read his diaries and biographies and add Hamilton references. Julia says she likes to chat with people with different opinions than hers because knowing the views of others makes you more open-minded. This is one of the reasons she would like to be an exchange student. Besides that, Julia says gaining a new family is one of the most amazing benefits of this exchange. The prospect of becoming a daughter, sister, or just a friend to someone was a stranger only a few months ago is very exciting and very moving.

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Olha (16)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, German, English
Siblings: Younger brother
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A
Religion: Not Involved
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Interests

Dancing, working out, volunteering, acting, Badminton, swimming, animals, reading books, tennis, and Cheerleading

Letter to my Host Family

Scholarship Award Winner, Olha, describes herself as bubbly and open with a unique personality. She loves being creative and imaginative and has a witty sense of humor. She has moved several times and been to many different schools so she adapts easily and makes friends quickly. Olha enjoys fitness and nutrition and tries to live a healthy lifestyle. If she is not at the gym or with her friends you can find her volunteering at the senior center several times a month. Olha has a pet turtle but would love to be in a family with pets. Even though she doesn't know you she already admires you for adding a student to your family!

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Ulukmyrza (17)

male, KYRGYZSTAN

Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English
Siblings: 2 Older Sisters
Mother: None Listed
Father: None Listed
Religion: Muslim - Inactive
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Interests

Playing guitar, volunteering, basketball, taekwondo, singing, swimming, running, listening to music - AS

Letter to my Host Family

Ulukmyrza is a FLEX scholarship student from Kyrgyzstan. He lives with his parents and two sisters. Close with his dad, they are the ultimate DIY team. He sometimes helps his sisters in their fashion shoe store. He loves when his family drives to the mountains or has extended family over for meals. In the future, Ulukmyrza would like to be a lawyer. He would like to be part of protecting the innocent and justice for the wronged. It is his most cherished dream to spend a year in America and get to know a wonderful country, it’s people, and culture. Be a part of this funny and kind student's dream today!

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Viktoriya (16)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Romanian, Russian, English
Siblings:
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A
Religion: Christian Orthodox
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Interests

Painting, dancing, guitar, animals, going to the movies, volunteering for and charity

Letter to my Host Family

If a family could choose a student they should choose me! It's easy for me to break the ice, communicate with new people and make friends in a second. I love animals so if you have a pet I would love it! My favorite hobbies are painting and dancing. I love to paint people the most because of the natural beauty. There is so much more that I can't wait to tell you. I look forward to becoming a part of your family!

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Ivan (17)

male, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, German, Polish, Russian
Siblings: Younger brother
Mother: Accountant
Father: Fireman
Religion: Christian
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Interests

FLEX Scholarship Winner! Break dancing, art, skating, photography, national dance classes

Letter to my Host Family

Ivan is someone who appreciates the simple things in life. He comes from a small community and loves how laid back and happy everyone is. He is described by family and friends as creative, intelligent, open-minded, and full of energy and new ideas. His favorite hobby is photography because he loves to seize the beauty and connect with new people. He has many other hobby's as well and is great at organizing his time to make sure he can do each one. Ivan also loves spending time with his parents and little brother. His dad is a fireman, but outside of that, he is also a beekeeper. Ivan is very involved and enjoys the time spent together. He is very grateful for you opening your home and hearts to him - he is sure it will be an unforgettable year!

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Giorgi (17)

male, GEORGIA

Languages:
Siblings: Younger brother and younger sister
Mother: Not Listed
Father: Not Listed
Religion: Not Involved
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Interests

Picnics, art, writing, playing the guitar, reading books, SCHOLARSHIP WINNER - KF

Letter to my Host Family

Giorgi better known as Gio, scholarship winner, aims to be a programmer after school. He has been watching videos to hone his skills. He is drawn to the arts and would also like to make music. He enjoys a variety of music, playing video games, and reading books. He is writing a book currently. He loves spending time with his friends whether that is skateboarding, gaming, or taking walks in the park. His friends and family call him a very cute and lovely person. He often watches over his little brother and sister and takes care of preparing their meals and mediating their arguments. He would even like to join a political party in his country and make a difference. He is very excited for this opportunity and would love to experience the American culture and share his culture in turn.

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Sofiya (16)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, French, Polish
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Museum worker / college teacher
Father: Lab manager
Religion: Not Involved
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Interests

Sports, volleyball, School Presidency, snowboarding, video games, badminton, board games, walking, reading, watching Netflix, spending time with friends,

Letter to my Host Family

"Sonya" is an only child who is close to her parents and also very sociable. She has lots of friends through school. She enjoys any kind of game - board games or badminton or trivia - as she describes herself as very competitive. Her favorite sport is volleyball but she can only play it when the weather is warm outside. She loves her pets and has to care for them - she lost her dog last year but she still has a parrot to care for. She is not sure about her career right now - she is interested in ecology and therefore she is thinking Environmental Law. Though she is not sure how, she knows she wants to help people through whatever profession she chooses. Thats a pretty good career goal!

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Aidar (17)

male, KYRGYZSTAN

Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English
Siblings: Older sister, brother in middle school
Mother: Teacher
Father: Architect
Religion: Not Involved
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Interests

Soccer club, skateboarding, volunteering, gardening, reading, SCHOLARSHIP WINNER - EM

Letter to my Host Family

Who loves football? Aidar would love to learn more about football. Aidar is from Kyrgystan. Aidar interests including reading and music. He would love to share with you some of his talents with "komuz" a musical instrument from his country and to share some of his traditions. He loves to cook and consider himself hardworking and loves to learn. Why not consider giving Aldi an opportunity of a lifetime and be a member of your family?

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Stefan (17)

male, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Languages: Bosnian, English, German
Siblings: Younger brother
Mother: Economist
Father: Truck Driver
Religion: Russian Orthodox
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Interests

Dance lesson, Handball, volleyball, cooking, attending youth club, photography, drama, singing, baking, cooking, volunteering - TW

Letter to my Host Family

Stefan is an artistic boy who enjoys drawing, photography, and music. His favorites are Billie Eilish, Serbian pop, and American music from the 2000's. His favorite activity is volunteering. He currently volunteers at a technology shop. Photography is a side business of his which he enjoys very much. In the future, he would like to raise a family here in America and be in graphic or web design. He is excited to experience the fascinating and rich culture of America with his host family!

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Yuliya (16)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian, German, Polish
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Not listed
Father: Not listed
Religion: Christian
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Interests

Sport, cooking, dancing, skiing, skating, tennis, music, volunteering, watching movies, spending time with friends,

Letter to my Host Family

“If you read this, smile, I want every thought of me to bring you only good memories.” Julia loves her Ukrainian culture, volunteering, sports, and traveling with her family. She also loves to organize charity events and volunteer in her community. Julia is determined and passionate but never forgets to enjoys the small moments in life either! She loves tea, autumn, and making people smile. Julia loves pets too so if you have some animals at home, she will be unbelievably happy about it! She has traveled quite a bit with her own family, but she is most excited to share the next year with you and your family. She can't wait to learn about your family traditions and to share hers with you as well. Julia says she makes friends instantly and that she admires you for your decision to host a student! “Thank you for choosing me!”

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