Meet Our Students
Ana Maria (16)
|Languages:||Spanish, English, French|
|Siblings:||One Younger Sister|
Reading, graphic design, dancing, skiing, swimming, cycling and listening to music, debate club.Letter to my Host Family
Ana Marie considers herself to be a sunny, positive person. She truly enjoys the simple things in life and would be happy just hanging out with her family or friends, reading, watching a movie, or listening to music. She is currently taking swim classes to learn water rescue, as well as dancing! She started out learning ballet and the "flamenco" (a Spanish dance), but has transitioned into hip hop and loves the drastic change! She is always wanting to learn and become better in all aspects of her life. Ana is hoping this experience will teach her independence and show her other cultures. This will help her as she learns more about what she wants to do with her future and she is thankful for this opportunity!
|Siblings:||One older brother|
|Father:||Public administration Manager|
Basketball, soccer, watching moviesLetter 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!
|Languages:||Spanish, Chinese, French, English|
|Siblings:||One older sister|
|Mother:||Clinical Trials Technique|
Hiking, martial arts, volleyball, walking, listening to music, watching moviesLetter to my Host Family
"I am a cinema lover; I prefer old great films than the typical cliché ones." Judith is a high academic achiever in all fields and wishes to study medicine or a field of biology. Judith does martial arts and enjoys its different disciplines. She enjoys relaxing with family and friends, she is never bored and finds a walk in the countryside, surrounded by nature or watching a sports game to be quite enjoyable. She is ready to be welcomed into your family and accept all your house rules, as well as being respectful to all of you!
Yuan Chih (16)
Basketball, karaoke, exercising, singing, watching movies, swimming, playing the guitar, listening to musicLetter to my Host Family
Dennis is hoping in his 10 months with your family that together you will create some unforgettable memories. Being an only child Dennis says his family is very important to him and he enjoys family time. Due to his experience with hosting exchange students from America, Japan, and France Dennis believes that he will do well while in the U.S. One of his hobbies is playing the guitar, and he hopes that he will have the opportunity to join a music club/band in order to continue improving his guitar skills. In school Dennis is very active in debate club, it has helped him learn to listen to other people’s opinions and come up with his own views. Dennis wants to thank you in advance for allowing him to join your family!
|Languages:||Spanish, English, French, Catalan|
Biology, acting, dancing, writing, gym, cycling, reading, baking, rollerblading, walking, zumba, swimmingLetter 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.
|Languages:||Thai, English, Chinese|
Playing badminton, listening to music, cooking, public relationship clubLetter to my Host Family
"I will cherish the valuable time with you and introduce you to Thai culture” host Nune and you will be taken on a fabulous journey through Thai culture all in the comfort of your own home. She loves to cook, watch sports and exercise. She is cheerful, friendly and easy-going, and gets along well with everyone. There are 8 people in her household, her mom, grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Getting to live in the USA is a dream come true for Nune and she promises that her host family will enjoy the year with her too. She is very grateful to the family that will host her and says “Kobkinka” (thank you in the Thai language).
|Languages:||Kazakh, English, Russian, French|
|Siblings:||One younger brother and one younger sister|
|Mother:||Office services coordinator|
Cooking, swimming, skating, baking, dancing, yoga, volleyball, going to the cinema, bike riding,Letter to my Host Family
"I want to volunteer because it's amazing to make people smile, laugh & feel good!" Meet Aruzhan. She is the eldest sibling with a younger sister and brother. She loves to cook and bake with her Mom and even collects recipes! Do you have any good ones that you can teach her? She values her health and fitness and enjoys yoga and sports to keep her active and fit. Her favorite workout is dancing! She has been doing it since she was 7 years old. Her friends say that she is reliable, friendly, responsible, and honest. And her teachers say that she is polite, witty and bright! Aruzhan thinks school is very important and takes it very seriously. She wants to be an exchange student to be able to speak English fluently because she feels if you want to work internationally, it is important. That is not the only reason though, she feels it's important to broaden the borders of international relations and to enfold people all over the world to live in love, friendship, and peace. Oh, and by the way, she loves pets as well! She can't wait to spoil your four-legged family members!
|Languages:||Ukrainian, English, Russian, French|
|Mother:||Pediatrician and Neurologist|
Swimming, kayaking, riding a bike, skiing, walking, karate, volunteeringLetter to my Host Family
"I am in love with cities/countries I've never been to and with people I've never met." That is a quote by John Green that Illya believes describes why he wants to be an exchange student. Illya is an avid swimmer, and hopes to continue this activity while in the U.S. He also enjoys math and is part of the math olympiad team through his school. When he's not busy with those activities and school, he likes to participate in karate, biking, kayaking and skiing in the winter. He is very self aware and takes time to make good choices when he is faced with a problem or situation.While he doesn't know what he wants to do when he finishes school, he is thinking about either becoming a doctor or financial analyst. He is ready to be part of your family and have a wonderful cultural exchange!
|Siblings:||3 Older Sisters|
|Mother:||Accountant at the Oil Company|
|Religion:||Muslim - Inactive|
Basketball, volleyball, table tennis, cooking, watching movies, reading, swimmingLetter to my Host Family
“Hello to all the members of my future family, thank you for doing such a thing as this." Aigerim believes fun is contagious and cooking is her joy. She will put a smile on your face and create an authentic Kyrgyzstan dish that will make your mouth water. “When I enter the kitchen the mouse from Ratatouille in me awakens, I love to cook and I want to show you how I cook.” Aigerim has three older sisters and she loves making her family laugh. Her favorite quote is “Fun is the sky under which everything blooms, except anger.” She enjoys swimming, when she swims she feels cheerfulness and pleasure. Aigerim also plays basketball and table tennis. Her favorite subject to study is History. She believes that youth are important in providing a future for her country and she wants to learn how to help young people grow to be independent and purposeful.
|Languages:||Estonian, English, German|
|Siblings:||One older brother and two older sisters|
Handball, playing the piano, playing the guitar, walking, dancing folk dance, singing in the choir, drama classes, basketballLetter to my Host Family
Robin- Sulev is a wonderful young man with a big heart, and a determined mind. He comes from a bigger family and is always helping out when needed and even making time to help his grandparents each weekend. His hobbies include filmmaking, acting, singing, dancing and drama club. Sull, as his friends call him, is an active member of Noored Kotkad which is a type of scouts. He has been involved in this for quite a few years now and really loves the survival skills that it teaches him. Sull loves staying active and always makes time for his handball practice and even participated in a 100 km (over 62 miles!!) canoeing marathon that took him and his friend 15 hours to complete! "I like to do the things where I have to step out of my comfort zone and to the things I have never done. Both physically and mentally." He is very excited and hopeful to spend next year here and to have a second family here in America.