Elisa (16)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, French, English
Siblings: One older sister
Mother: Teacher
Father: Italian navy
Religion: Catholic
IT013HH Y

Interests

Skiing, swimming, playing volleyball, cooking, dancing

Letter to my Host Family

Elisa is a friendly sixteen year old who cannot wait to come to America. She lives with her mother, father, and brother. Coming from a large family means Elisa has many cousins and relatives. They spend a lot of their time together celebrating everything! Elisa is very close to her grandmother and helps her do things her grandmother can no longer do. She will also help her mother by cleaning around the house and making sure their home is tidy. Besides spending time with her family she spends the rest of her time studying since schooling is important to her. She loves to try new foods, is a member of a traditional dance group, and play volleyball. For fun, Elisa enjoys skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer. Coming to America, Elisa hopes to learn a lot about the American life, improve her English, expand her knowledge on life and culture, and build relationships with people that will last past her exchange year. She wants her host family to know that she is so thankful for them already and they will be a part of making a dream of hers come true. She cannot wait to share Italy with you.

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Romane (16)

female, FRANCE

Languages: French, English, German
Siblings: One older sister and one younger brother
Mother: Project manager
Father: Security team
Religion: Not Involved
FA001HH Y

Interests

Hip-hop, dancing, singing, writing poems

Letter to my Host Family

In three words Romane from France describes herself as family, art, and life. Family is very important to Romane, and she lives at home with her mother, stepfather, brother, and sister, as well as her two cats, Alfred and Grisette. With her friends and family Romane enjoys laughing, dancing, and singing! Romane is in an orchestra and has played in many concerts, she enjoys playing the clarinet and bass clarinet. Other activities that Romane enjoys is hip hop dancing, and writing poetry, she’s even published a book of poems! Romane is ready to come to America, she wishes to discover the world and the cultures around her. Most of all Romane wants to share her French culture with you and the food, she loves to cook! Romane’s motto is “nothing ventured, nothing gained!” Won’t you share your heart and home with Romane!

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Eleonora (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Housewife
Father: Doctor Otolaryngologist
Religion: Catholic
IT004HH Y

Interests

Dancing, volleyball, baseball, soccer, swimming, skiing, skating, watching TV series

Letter to my Host Family

Say Ciao to 17-year-old Eleonora from Italy! Eleonora lives in Northern Italy with her parents and her brother, family is very important to Eleonora. With her mom she enjoys baking cakes and making pizza. She finds coloring and doing puzzles relaxing and enjoys doing these activities often. Another passion of hers is dancing. She enjoys modern dance as well as classic dance. Eleonora’s favorite subjects in school include: math, law, English, and German. She hopes to one-day study law at a university and live abroad. Eleonora is ready to join your family and learn more about other cultures and to attend an American high school.

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Alba Iria (15)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Worker
Father: Worker
Religion: Not Involved
SP005HH Y

Interests

Drama and interpretation, photography, rollerblading, singing, dancing

Letter to my Host Family

15 year old Alba is really excited to start her Exchange year. Alba loves dramatic arts, she has been in the drama club for 6 years and really enjoys this. Singing is another passion of Alba's as is photography, photography is special to Alba, she loves taking photo-shoots of her friends and family even her pet family which consists of a dog, a cat and a turtle. Alba enjoys helping her little sister with her homework and helping with the home when her parents are not available. While keeping a busy schedule, Alba maintains excellent grades at school. Alba wants her host family to know; "I will respect the rules of living together".

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Ruslana (16)

female, UKRAINE

Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Teacher
Father: Truck driver
Religion: Christian
CI009HH Y

Interests

Singing, cooking, playing volleyball, drama club, gym

Letter to my Host Family

Ruslana is so excited to meet her host family and share her exchange year with them. What was once just a dream is now shaping into reality. Ruslana's activities includes volleyball, Cross country skiing in the winter, volunteering at an orphanage and writing for the school newspaper. Ruslana is an academic high achiever, music lover and explorer, Ruslana is looking forward to exploring her new community and learning about America.

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Carla (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Employee
Father: Employee
Religion: Catholic
IT017HH Y

Interests

Athletics, walking, gymnastics

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Carla! Carla is a 16 athlete from Italy! Carla enjoys track & field, along with gymnastics. While she may appear shy, once you get to know her, you will see how thoughtful and generous she is. Family is very important to her and enjoys their Sunday dinners at her grandmother's house. When she isn't busy studying or training for her sports, you will find her spending time with her friends shopping, going for walks or watching the waves at the sea. Carla is very excited about the opportunity to come to the US. She knows this will help her become a more well-rounded individual.

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Chiara Laura (16)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, French
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Pharmacist
Father: Pharmacist
Religion: Not Involved
IT016HH Y

Interests

Athletics, outdoor sports in general, listening to music

Letter to my Host Family

Ciao! Meet Laura who is excited to come to America for the year! She is a lovely girl who enjoys music, watching films, and playing sports. She has a younger brother who was adopted from Russia and is very family oriented. She also loves animals and has three cats and a dog. She enjoys gardening with her mother throughout the year and visiting with her little cousins often too. She is helpful and curious and cannot wait to learn all about her family here in America and make some new friends!

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Shakhrom (18)

male, TAJIKISTAN

Languages: Tajik, Russian, English
Siblings: One older sister, one younger sister and one younger brother
Mother: Librarian
Father: Engineer
Religion: Muslim
CI013HH Y

Interests

Swimming, mountain hiking, sightseeing, reading, football, athletics, running, volunteering, early arrival

Letter to my Host Family

Shakrom a FLEX scholarship recipient lives in the southern part of Tajikistan, he is one of 5 children. Shakrom has three sisters and one younger brother. "In our family we enjoy celebrating the national, cultural and state holidays together." Shakrom helps take care of his younger siblings while his parents are not home and also helps with the chores around the home. Shakrom describes himself as a curious person, "I want to learn deeply about American culture, traditions, education system and lifestyle." Shakrom is looking forward to making many friends in the US, as he cannot imagine life without friends. "Here in my country I have a lot of friends in our neighborhood, school, community, and even out of my home district." He likes to swim, hike and go sightseeing with his friends. Shakrom intends to share his experience and knowledge he has gained from his year as an exchange student with members of his community. "I'm really excited to see you soon and be a part of your wonderful life!"

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Katarina (17)

female, ARMENIA

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English, Spanish
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A
Religion: Christian
CI001HH Y

Interests

Athletics, walk, reading,dancing, painting, writing poems, boxing, volleyball, football, Early Arrival

Letter to my Host Family

One of Katarina's greatest strengths is never losing hope. Throughout any of life's ups and downs, she always has determination to see things through with hope and strength. Her hope right now is to take the journey to the US to be an exchange student. Katarina doesn't just rely on hope though; she is determined to work and study hard for her hopes to come true. She has already been granted a FLEX scholarship and preparing herself everyday to be a confident and outstanding student and member of a host family. She currently lives with her parents and older brother. Her and her brother like many different things, but they get along very well. Katarina takes responsibility in the home and helps her mother with the cleaning and cooking. She likes when her family is all together, and especially enjoys sitting down for a meal. She has many interests in her life, including; painting, writing poems, movies, athletics and watching football. At school, she studies hard in extra English training and on her student council. Katarina has hopes that her time in the US will be full of English learning, laughter and fond times with new friends and family. She hopes her new host family will enjoy it just as much as she will!

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Elmerillia (17)

female, INDONESIA

Languages: Indonesian, English, Arabic
Siblings: ?
Mother: Housewife
Father: Worker
Religion: Muslim
YE004HH Y

Interests

Walking, theater club, biotechnology club, journalistic

Letter to my Host Family

Meet the wonderful Elmerillia from Indonesia! Elmerillia has a passion for embroidery and hopes to one day create a program for housewives to improve their skills & provide them with the opportunity to work! In addition, she has a dream to become a diplomat. She enjoys going on walks with her friends & family. She finds it being relaxing and a way to let go of whatever stresses she has at the time. People who describe Elmerillia as humble, passionate & friendly, but she feels that at some times you will find her being very assertive & a perfectionist. She hopes to learn more about the US while she is here, but also share her culture with your family.

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