Lola (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English
Siblings: One older brother
Mother: Nursing Assistant
Father: Property Administrator
Religion: Catholic
SP002HH Y

Interests

Cooking, singing, playing instruments, running, hiking, acting, drawing

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Lola! Lola lives in a town in Spain near the Mediterranean coast. She lives with her parents and her older brother. Lola states that she is curious about everything! She loves cooking, reading, painting, listening to music and she is fascinated by nature. Lola is most passionate about music. She sings and has been a part of choirs since she was 6 years old. She likes all musical instruments and musical styles. She is currently in her 8th year of playing the piano. Her dream is to become an orchestra conductor. She loves to be on stage, not only singing and playing piano, but also performing in plays and musicals. She has tried most sports, but she feels nowadays she doesn’t have enough time for them. She goes for runs, and occasionally participates in local races. Besides being a conductor, Lola has dreamed about being an astronaut as well, and working for NASA. Lola adapts easily to new situations and is excited for this opportunity!

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Adriana (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian
Siblings: One younger brother
Mother: Self Employed
Father:
Religion: Not Involved
SP007HH Y

Interests

History, reading, museums, writing, puzzle making, tennis, rollerblading

Letter to my Host Family

Please meet Adria, a girl who loves to read historical novels and essays! She also enjoys drawing, and learning about languages, physics, math, and economics. Her favorite subject is history, but teaching doesn’t appeal to her as a career, so she is planning to become either a Meteorologist or an Astrophysicist. She plans on studying physics and math to prepare for either of those career paths. Adria is really looking forward to spending the holidays with her American host family, so she can learn your family traditions. To continue learning about Adria, please read her letter!

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Alice (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, German
Siblings: None
Mother: Bank Employee
Father: Council Employee
Religion: Not Involved
IM006HH Y

Interests

Dancing, working out, skiing, traveling, architecture, fashion

Letter to my Host Family

Alice is an aspiring exchange student from a small town in Italy. Her motivation is driven by her desire to immerse herself in a new culture and emerge as an improved version of herself. Alice likes going to the gym several times a week and staying active. Alice hopes to participate in cheerleading during her exchange year while in America. Alice spends weekends cooking with her family, watching movies and playing cards at night. She is an only child but loves children and spending time with her friends and siblings! Fashion holds a special place with Alice, and she loves the newest trends. She hopes to pursue a career in fashion or architecture. Grateful for the opportunity to spend a year in America, Alice hopes to form loving relationships with individuals who will support and love, fulfilling what can be a lifelong bond. Alice is ready to experience her year abroad and join your family!

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Leona (17)

female, GERMANY

Languages: French, German, English
Siblings: One older brother, one older sister, one twin sister, one younger sister
Mother: Wellness Therapist
Father: Doctor
Religion: Not Involved
GE008HH Y

Interests

Volleyball, martial arts, reading, sports, music, art, photography, short films, writing

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Leona, a 17 year old from Germany! She has a brother, and 3 sisters, one of which is her twin. Leona’s favorite subjects are Sport, English, Music and Art. In her free time, she likes to take pictures in the city. She also has started to make some short films with her friends. She likes to read novels, and she especially likes to read fantasy books. She loves going out into nature or meeting up with friends. They like to talk, dance or listen to music. She likes listening to any kind of music. She also loves to play volleyball, which she’s been doing for 2 years now. Yoga and meditation are something that she enjoys as well. She started doing yoga with her family. Leona sees herself as a creative, calm, relaxed person, and a good friend. Her friends have told her that they love her hugs because they can feel the love for them. Leona is excited about spending a school year in the US, and is looking forward to the great opportunities to grow and learn something about the the American culture, and hopefully meet amazing people. She is ready to discover new traditions and create shared memories together.

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Shu Xuan (15)

female, TAIWAN

Languages: Taiwanese, English
Siblings: Two younger sisters
Mother: Writer
Father: Professor
Religion: Not Involved
TP002EH Y

Interests

Cooking club, farming club, drawing, piano, reading, making handicrafts, badminton, crocheting, planting, dancing

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Audrey, a scholarship winner from Taiwan. If you are looking for a student that is excited to experience new things, then Audrey is the student for you! She has immersed herself in many different types of activities from cooking club to farming club, competitive sports and fine arts. Audrey has been playing the piano for 10 years, has taught herself to crochet and has even had her drawings published in books. Audrey is open to new things and ready to see how this special experience will change the way she sees the world. She says she always keep this in mind "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". and that’s why she wants to be an exchange student. She is interested in the unique lifestyle of your family and becoming a part of it! Read her host family letter to learn more about her!

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Maria (17)

female, PORTUGAL

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French
Siblings: Older sister and younger sister
Mother: Pharmacist
Father: Veterinarian
Religion: Catholic
PO001EH Y

Interests

Horse riding, theater, movies, dog walking, flute, violin

Letter to my Host Family

Maria is a lively and loving 16-year old student who is excited to travel from Portugal to experience her final year of high school in the United States. Maria is an animal lover, who is especially fond of dogs, as she has been exposed to all types of animals as a result of her father who is a veterinarian. Maria has several interests including horseback riding and theatre. Her love for theatre has boosted her confidence and outgoing nature, which will serve her well in a new setting. Maria is exceptionally close with her family, including a very special bond with her grandparents, who she spends a lot of time learning from and experiencing cultural activities, including making movies and videos. Maria has been looking forward to this opportunity for many years, and she plans to attend university in the US as well, just like her older sister.

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Pilar (15)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: High School Teacher
Father: Bank Employee
Religion: Catholic
ES013HH Y

Interests

Horseback riding, animals, swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, cheerleading

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Pilar, from Spain. This kind, grateful, thoughtful young lady is sure to add joy and happiness to your family. Pilar has one younger sister, but has always thought the idea of a sister her same age would be wonderful. She is an animal lover with a big heart for horses, although she cannot take riding lessons because her father is very allergic. Do you or someone you know have horses that Pilar can help take care of? Some of her other interests include, spending time with animals and her friends and family, watching movies, and reading. Of the many ways she has volunteered; her favorite was doing activities with people with disabilities. "I remember this experience with great affection and without hesitation I would repeat it." This speaks to the kindness and thoughtfulness of this special student. Please read her host family letter to learn more about her!

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Iria (16)

female, SPAIN

Languages: Galician, Spanish, English, French
Siblings: No siblings
Mother: Renewable Energy Coordinator
Father: Veterinarian
Religion: Not Involved
SP004HH Y

Interests

Paddle surfing, sailing, music, fashion, cinema, volunteering

Letter to my Host Family

Iria describes herself as persistent, and she wants to direct that persistence to Cancer research, as she has lost family members to that disease. She will excel in research, because she leaves nothing undone. Since she was little, she has thought about living elsewhere, speaking a different language, and living and learning a different culture. She has varied interests that include practicing Galician dance, cinema, and fashion. She loves the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and loves Audrey Hepburn. Her parents raised her to be “a citizen of the world” and to become an independent thinker. She said she likes to think of family as a team whose members work together. Wouldn’t you like to invite Iria to join your family?

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Chiara (17)

female, ITALY

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish
Siblings: One younger sister
Mother: Beauty Therapist
Father: Bus Driver
Religion: Catholic
IM010HH Y

Interests

Music, swimming, amusement parks, animals, photography, fashion, astrology

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Chiara, 17, an Italian girl who is very excited to come to the US for the academic year! It’s been a dream of hers since she was little, and during Covid is when she started to teach herself English. Chiara says that her friends and family describe her as funny, sunny, determined, and extroverted. Chiara says that she likes to talk…a lot! She loves having conversations about everything! Her hobbies are music, dance, and swimming. Her dad introduced her to punk music, and they love listening to it together. She also likes pop music. Another thing that she loves to do is dance for fun! She likes playing Just Dance. She tried dancing and karate, but they didn’t work out, so she tried swimming and found her sport. She has been swimming since primary school. Another hobby that she enjoys with her dad is riding roller coasters. She loves riding them with her dad. Although she doesn’t have any of her own, she loves animals. Most of her friends have them and she enjoys playing with them. She has a lot of other interests too like astrology, the universe, and astronomy. She can’t wait to come live in the US!

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Gumersindo (16)

male, SPAIN

Languages: Spanish, English, French
Siblings: No siblings
Mother: Accounting Manager
Father: Finance Director
Religion: Not Involved
ES011HH Y

Interests

Soccer, basketball, judo, karate, reading, music, traveling

Letter to my Host Family

Meet Gumer, a 16-year-old from the southeast of Spain, where he resides with his parents. He cherishes spending time with his family, particularly during their summer trips. Gummer's passion lies in playing soccer, specifically as a goalkeeper, dedicating hours to training and playing for a soccer club. Alongside soccer, he engages in basketball at school, as well as practices judo and karate for several years. Gummer finds joy in participating in sports activities and watching them. During weekends, he socializes with friends but also values his personal time. He is constantly seeking new knowledge from books, news, and online videos. Describing himself as easy-going and adaptable, Gummer decided to venture to the USA for fresh challenges, aiming to enhance his English skills and immerse himself in a different culture and traditions. While uncertain about his future, he shows interest in entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing.

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