Sterre (16)

female, NETHERLANDS

Languages: Dutch, English, German, French
Siblings: 2 older brothers
Mother: Teacher
Father: Business Partner
Religion: Not Involved
NL002WH Y

Interests

Going to the movies, playing and listening to music, dancing, field hockey, board games

Letter to my Host Family

Sterre is a girl from the Netherlands. She describes herself as happy and curious with lots of energy, though she also likes to relax and watch movies on Netflix. She plays field hockey since she was eight, she is on a team and enjoys doing other things with her team during the summer. She also skis (since she was two-years-old) and she enjoys playing softball at her school and hopes that she might be able to play when she comes to America. Sterre sings, she takes singing lessons and plays the piano (though she is self-taught on an old piano that her parents got her. One of her two older brothers is very musical and helps her). Like most teenage girls, Sterre likes to play board games, computer games, shopping and watching movies. Her father helps her to raises chickens, and her mother sings a lot with her. Her parents often go to watch Sterre play field hockey. Sterre has a job at a grocery store, and she also does babysitting. She enjoys doing volunteer work at sporting events. She has been to America twice. One visit she came to California and Nevada for three weeks of touring in a camper. Camping is nothing new to her, she and her family enjoy camping a couple of times a year. When Sterre comes to America, she hopes that she can get involved in music, theatre arts, and softball or some other sport. She looks forward to celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and maybe attending some football or baseball games to experience the American way of life.

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Nuria (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Administrative
Father: Computer Technician
Religion: Catholic
SP006HH Y

Interests

Basketball, reading, gym, walking

Letter to my Host Family

Nuria is 15 and has recently found a new passion for basketball! She’s not as good as her team quite yet, but she’s working on it! She loves travel, basketball and all sports in general. Ski-ing is something she tried recently and loved! Nuria lives with her parents and they like to do lots of family things together, such as travel, see family and participate in charity events. Nuria’s father had cancer when she was younger and even though she doesn’t remember much about it, it was a tough time for their family so it’s Nuria’s dream to become a biochemist and create new medicines to help the sick. Nuria has a dog that she adores called llan, who happens to love playing with bubbles. Nuria is lucky enough to have lots of friends and they're going on a trip soon to Galicia where they will be able to sail and do lots of different sports, and she is very excited for that trip. Her favorite music is Ed Sheehan, Shawn Mendes and Imagine Dragons. Nuria would like to share some Spanish dishes and traditions with her host family if they’re interested and she can’t thank her host family enough for giving her the opportunity to join your family.

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Maria (16)

female, MOLDOVA

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, German
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Not povided
Father: Not provided
Religion: Christian Orthodox
CI009HH Y

Interests

Badminton, sports, dancing, playing the piano, modeling, volleyball, basketball

Letter to my Host Family

Maria is an excellent student who loves being active! She enjoys her family traditions, especially their weekly family dinners with all their relatives! They get together to share how their week went and to spend time together. While they share a meal together, they also spend time outside when it is nice playing badminton or another sport. She enjoys staying active by playing sports and dancing. Maria also plays the piano as a way to relax and has also taken part in competitions as well. Besides music, she also participates in beauty competitions. She really enjoys the fashion industry and showing her individuality. Maria has dreamed about this opportunity since she was a child and she would like to "learn more about this country, its culture and to feel the atmosphere in person!"

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Valeria (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Manager
Religion: Catholic
IT027HH Y

Interests

Drawing, listening to music, reading books and comic, sketching, watching anime, cooking, swimming

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Valeria from North East Italy. She's rich in her love of her Italian culture and country. She describes herself as a little girl with a "Big Heart" but does not fall short of the meaning of her name which is "Strong". She's unique in the way that she loves lots of color and practically everything 80's. Her charmful, calm, cheerful, intelligent and open minded demeanor lends herself to her curiosity of meeting new people which helps her discover new opportunities. She loves drawing and is an avid reader of everything from novels, to comic books (specifically those from Japan). She loves the Japanese culture and wouldn't mind living there at some point in her life. As with many teenagers she loves her friends, books, music and so far enjoys Karate.

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Davide (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Public administration Manager
Religion: Not Involved
IT044HH Y

Interests

Basketball, soccer, watching movies

Letter to my Host Family

Davide is excited for the adventure of a lifetime! He is a curious young man that loves learning new things and always open to new opportunities that come his way. He is a huge fan of sports- especially basketball and he is looking forward to spending his year here in America, the homeland of the NBA! He is very passionate about many things such as food, cooking, and animals. He is a shy young man at first, but it doesn't take long for him to open up to you! Davide is hoping that his year here will help him make new friends, learn about our culture, and he will become a part of your family forever!

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Vladyslav (15)

male, UKRAINE

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Not listed
Father: Not listed
Religion: Christian Orthodox
CI050HH Y

Interests

Skiing, playing the guitar, soccer, walking, volunteering, basketball

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Vladyslav! He is a family oriented young man who believes that family is the most important thing. He loves spending time with his mom, dad, sister and pets! One thing that is very important and plays a big role in Vladyslav's life is volunteering. He is a part of two different volunteering groups in his town. He also loves to play the guitar and has worked very hard to become better and better! Talk about true dedication! He loves to be involved in anything that keeps him active or any kind of sports. He says that " sports help me to be more responsible, hardworking and a good motivation to be better". He hopes to one day become a pilot and knows that it takes a lot of studying and focus to reach these goals. Vladyslav hopes to join your family and learn about our American culture. Will you welcome him into your heart and home??

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Judith (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Catalan
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Homemaker
Father: Procurement
Religion: Catholic
SP007HH Y

Interests

Biology, acting, dancing, writing, gym, cycling, reading, baking, rollerblading, walking, zumba, swimming

Letter to my Host Family

Judith describes herself as a very passionate person. Not only is she passionate about school and learning, but she has a passion to learn more about other cultures and countries. Being very fit and active is another interest that Judith enjoys, whether it is cycling, going to the gym, swimming, or doing a Zumba class or two with friends. Biology is not only Judith’s favorite subject, but biotechnology is a degree that Judith would one day like to pursue. Judith is fascinated by the laboratory. Judith is so eager for this experience to explore and push her limits and wants to bring her passion and creativity to your family! During the holidays Judith and her mother prepare many sweet treats together, perhaps your family can share in that tradition and teach Judith some sweet American treats to bake for others.

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Tommaso (17)

male, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish
Siblings: N/A
Mother: Travel Agent
Father: Geophysicist
Religion: Catholic
IT036HH Y

Interests

Water-polo, skiing, playing paintball, video games, reading, karate *

Letter to my Host Family

Tommaso has a history of cultural exchange, but he’s never been 'the exchange student' himself, which is why is so excited for the year that lays ahead. Tommosa’s mother was an exchange student in America many years ago and Tommaso can’t wait to be part of this legacy. His family have hosted many times and are currently hosting a boy from Argentina. Tommosa’s mother still has a strong bond with her host family from many years ago and Tommosa hopes that making a lifelong second family will also be something in his future too. Tommaso has a passion for water-polo. He practices 3 days a week and has a match every Sunday. He also enjoys going to the gym, online video games, going to the movies, superheroes, fantasy movies, and listening to music. Tommaso hasn’t decided what he would like to be when he’s older but a physiotherapist for the Italian Olympic team or a voice actor are currently in his top choices. He considers himself very lucky to have the chance to be an exchange student and can’t wait for this new adventure, he hopes to bring some of his Italian culture to your home too.

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Alberto (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, German
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Housewife
Father: Adjuster Techinician
Religion: Not Involved
SP001HH Y

Interests

Judo, gym, spending time with the friends, walking, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Sports crazy is how Alberto best describes himself! Alberto’s favorite sport is judo, not only does he participate, but he does competitions all throughout Spain. He also enjoys trying all different types of sports! Alberto says that his parents are the most influential people in his life and love that they are so supportive of him. Alberto believes he can bring his host family an experience they have never had before, but that they will remember forever. Alberto would like to thank you in advance for opening your heart and your home to him and this opportunity! Are you the family to help teach Alberto about your American traditions and culture?

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Claudia (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: Two younger brothers
Mother: University Proffesor
Father: Veterinar Civil Servant
Religion: Catholic
SP024HH Y

Interests

Aerial silk, aerial hoop, gymnastics club, swimming, gym, reading, watching movies

Letter to my Host Family

Hello, my name is Claudia and I live in Spain. I am the oldest and only sister of two younger brothers. I am currently a member of a circus association named "Funambola" and a previous member of an artistic gymnastics club named "Agrupacion Deportiva La Salle". As you can tell I love the circus! My favorite activities in the circus are hand balancing and aerials. I also enjoy swimming, going to the gym but when I want to relax I watch tv, read books, hangout with my friends, go to the mall, beach and play with my brothers. I also know how to play the flute as I took lessons for about 5 years. I have studied English for about 12 years and also French for 3 years. Although I don't have pets I love to visit with my grandparents and play with their pets who have a cat named "Diana" and a dog named "Otto". I would love to experience life and studies in America as I feel it will teach me more about life and expand my cultural experiences.

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