Meet Our Students
|Languages:||Italian, English, German|
|Siblings:||One older brother and one younger sister|
|Mother:||Doctor in Law|
Horseback-Riding, karate, athletics, swimming, reading.Letter to my Host Family
15 year old Vittoria hails from Northern Italy. She is the middle child in her family, with an older brother and a younger sister. Her big brother helps her with math at school, and she and her little sister care for the animals at home - 2 "sleepy" dogs, a tortoise and an aquarium. Vittoria describes her family as athletic - she has tried lots of sports but the ones she likes best are equestrian, karate, and swimming. She would love to check out an American rodeo if she gets the chance. Vittoria describes herself as "calm" and she loves reading - especially thrillers and spy novels. Her favorite show is Grey's Anatomy and she dreams of being a doctor one day. She also loves drawing and hopes to visit a modern art museum - are you ready for the artistic and outdoorsy Vittoria?
|Languages:||Ukrainian, English, Russian|
|Siblings:||One older brother|
Playing chess, watching movies, table tennis, reading, listening to music, soccer, playing the guitarLetter to my Host Family
"I like making new friends and an exchange program is a great opportunity for me to make really many friends" I hope to bring this friendship through the Ocean and continue communicating with my new friends when I return home. My favorite activity is playing Chess, in part because when I am playing I can have a chat with my opponent, other activities I enjoy are table tennis that allows me to move around and reading in a quiet and peaceful environment. While in America I would like to try many activities especially baseball. I have duties at home, in the summer I occasionally help in the vegetable garden, vacuum the house and clean my room. I am a curious person, so if I don't know something, I will know it soon.
|Languages:||Ukrainian, English, Russian, French|
|Siblings:||One younger brother|
Foreign languages, ballroom dances, drawing, nature, animals, painting, volunteeringLetter to my Host Family
Daryna lives in an industrial city in the Ukraine, so she loves visiting nature when she gets the chance. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and little brother. The whole family enjoys ballroom dancing and learning foreign languages together. Daryna really loves dancing and competes in a variety of styles, and even wins lots of competitions. She wants to be a doctor one day, and makes good grades. Her teachers have described her as "industrious and open minded." She describes herself as "cheerful, sociable, and as having the ability to make new friends easily." She promises to be a valued member of your family!
Ane Miren (16)
|Languages:||Spanish, French, Basque, English|
Basketball, skiing, drawing, surfingLetter to my Host Family
It’s a slam dunk if you choose to host Spanish scholarship winner, Ane Miren! She just loves to play basketball and is on her school’s team; she plays a game every Saturday! Ane Miren, who likes to go just by Ane, loves lots of different sports, she likes to ski, surf and just about everything in between! Ane likes to draw and read, she’s also teaching herself to play guitar via youtube tutorials. Ane’s a girl that gets along with just about everybody, kind and thoughtful by nature. She’s a girl with a sense of adventure that’s as big as her heart! When she’s older she’d like to travel the world extensively and volunteer in places like Africa or India, she believes she’ll get a lot of value out of the experience of helping others. Ane comes from a very close-knit family whom she adores, she loves spending time exploring new towns or just watching movies with them, she usually meets her grandparents on Fridays for lunch. Family and friends and the close connections she has with them are important to Ane. She’s excited to become more independent and learn the culture and traditions of the USA. She really appreciates the opportunity she’s been given and looks forward to building a great relationship with her new American family.
|Languages:||German, English, French|
|Siblings:||Two older brothers|
|Mother:||Graduate Social Worker|
Volleyball, basketball, table tennis, reading books, listening to musicLetter to my Host Family
Do you love sports as much as Clara? It’s her passion! She likes to play basketball but there’s no girls team where she lives so she plays on a boys team, luckily she grew up playing basketball with her older brothers so she’s got great experience. She also loves to play volleyball and is on a girls team. Clara played table tennis for years and was a county champion and has recently taken the sport up again. Clara would love to try some different sports in the US. Clara lives with her parents, her two older brothers are away concentrating on their future careers. Clara’s mother works as a social worker looking after mothers and children, her father is a lawyer. Clara has been brought up to have a good social conscience and to care about the less fortunate and those that are struggling. Clara had an amazing three week family vacation to America last year where she got to go to NYC and the east coast and she said it was her best holiday ever! She is looking forward to being able to be more independent and improve on her English language skills and for the amazing experience she is about to embark on as she knows it will be a very interesting and exciting year!
|Languages:||Spanish, English, French|
|Siblings:||One younger brother, one older brother and one older sister|
Singing, traveling, going to the theatre, handballLetter to my Host Family
Laura lives in the south of Spain with her mother, older brother and sister. Her father lives nearby with her little brother and his wife. She loves her father and knows he is always there when she needs him. Her mother is her hero and has a solution to everything. She is very creative and helps Laura when she can. Laura’s family is very big with 20 cousins. They have a nickname for her which is LaLa. She was very close with her grandfather who taught her to respect other people. Laura is an athlete that plays handball competitively. She practices 3 times a week and has a match every weekend. Her teammates are like family which makes them strong. They have a great affection for one another. Laura also likes animals, especially dogs. She enjoys singing around the house and used to play piano, but stopped. She regrets this decision and wants to begin again. She also loves acting, but the Town Hall shut down where she studied. Laura states she is a happy, funny person and is excited to meet her new host family. She wants to study abroad to experience new cultures, new people and new ways of living.
|Languages:||Lithuanian, English, Russian|
reading, playing cello, riding the bicycle, dancing, cooking, traveling, volunteering, swimming, school plays, orchestraLetter to my Host Family
Meet Agne, our optimistic, cheerful, FLEX scholarship student from Lithuania. Agne lives with her mother, father, and old sister in a small town that is rich in old architecture and nature. One of Agne’s passions is reading, she first fell in love with reading when her mother brought her home a book called, ‘Holes’ and she was so intrigued she could not put the book down. Agne believes books have helped with her creativity, and find them to be a great source of knowledge and entertainment. Agne also attends a music school where she plays the chello, but she also knows how to play the piano. Agne’s hobbies include cooking, riding bikes, spending time with friends, and traveling. Agne believes the best way to learn about the world and broaden your horizons is through travel. Agne is ready to spend the next year in America and learn more about your family, herself, and to discover her real talents.
|Languages:||Italian, English, French|
|Siblings:||One older brother|
Fitness, watching TV series, traveling, going to concertsLetter to my Host Family
Alice is a caring, respectful, curious girl with a love of pets! She adores her family and has a great relationship with them. She lives with her mother, father and older brother. During the winter they live in a small town on the west coast of Italy but in the summer they spend 3 months in a house in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Alice enjoys skiing and other sports, although admittedly she isn’t as good at the other sports but she is always happy to try new things. Alice likes to attend concerts and enjoys watching TV series, her favorite at the moment is ‘teen wolf’. Alice traveled quite a lot when she was younger with her parents, but not so much in recent years because her schooling takes a big precedence over traveling these days. She is a studious girl who knows that studying and getting a good education is the foundation of a bright future. Alice visited New York City once with her parents and was positively struck by the USA and the American people, she found everyone very friendly. Alice’s older brother was an exchange student in Australia and after hearing his stories about his cultural exchange she is excited to partake in this wonderful opportunity and can’t wait to meet her new American family and for her year in the USA to begin.
female, SOUTH KOREA
|Languages:||Korean, English, Chinese|
|Siblings:||One younger brother|
Listening to music, drawing cartoons, watching movies, cooking, playing the pianoLetter to my Host Family
16 year old Christina is looking forward to her year in America, Christina believes this is a great opportunity to prepare for her global future. Christina is a very helpful young lady, at home she gladly helps her mom with the household duties on the weekends. High school is demanding and now Christina has no more time for volunteering, she is thankful that she was able to volunteer during middle school, she learned a lot, she became aware of many things she never learned in school. While volunteering Christina took environmental and safety education at the police office, since then Christina decided to become a police officer. Whenever she can find a free moment, Christina likes to pass her time drawing, she also enjoys movies especially after an exam, Christina shares that she likes every genre such as romance, fantasy, detective stories and horror movies. And also, I like all country’s movie from Japan, Chinese, and America including Korean. And, same as many of my friends, I like to talk too much on the phone with my friends. "I really would like to live with a pet' (dog) "I’m really expecting to meet many friends and families who have different culture and lifestyle. With that, I would like to experience cultural diversity such as how they are thinking/living and what they do for social activities. "
|Languages:||Italian, English, German, French|
|Siblings:||One younger brother|
Listening to music( house, rap and jazz ), watching soccer on TV and playing soccerLetter to my Host Family
Matteo is a 16 year old from a small city in Italy, he lives there with his parents and younger brother. "I really like it because it's a lived place, I have a lot of friend here and I hope I'll find new in the USA too." Matteo is very excited about the idea of coming to the US for a semester and starting a new life during that time. Matteo's interests are his friends, soccer and music. He spends time with his friends nearly every day. His favorite sport is soccer, "I love watching it on TV and playing it even if I'm not in soccer club but I only play it with my friends." Matteo likes to talk about the matches and compare opinions, he hopes to be able to join a soccer team in the US and would also love to join football too! "I've never played football, but I saw it on TV sometimes and it looks interesting to me." When Matteo is home, he listens to music, he likes everything but his favorites are house, rap and jazz--'three kinds totally different.' He likes American rap, but doesn't understand it. "I hope after this experience I'll can understand them." Matteo attends an economics high school, his favorite subjects are economics and English. "I'm very curious about how are the schools in the USA, I'm sure they are totally different from ours." Matteo is friendly and nice, serious and responsible. He knows this experience will help him grow, 'I'm waiting for the day that we'll finally meet.'