Meet our students!

Meet our students!

Let us know which of the students is the right fit for you!

Please note that not everyone here may be available. Pick 2-3 possibilities and let your Community Advisor know who may best fit with your family!

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Giulia

Italy | Age 17 | Female

Interests: friends, music, dogs, singing, painting, volleyball
Giulia is a 17 year old volleyball player and dancer from Italy. She is very social, and is excited to make lots of new friends. She hopes to live in a city with warmer weather. She loves dogs, and enjoys helping cleaning and cooking. Her favorite thing to bake is traditional Italian Apple Cake! She is an only child, so she would love to have a brother and/or sister. She is studying at a turistic school, and is studying Chinese and German. She is excited to learn more about American culture and to share her knowledge with new family and friends. “I really believe that to know each other makes our lives better and more peaceful.”

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Paul (Theo)

Germany | Age 16 | Male

Interests: Soccer, tennis, music concerts, video games, the Seattle Seahawks
Paul(Theo) is a 16 year old soccer and tennis player from Germany. He greatly values family, and hopes to be seen as his host family’s newest family member. He loves to travel, attend concerts, and watch the Seattle Seahawks play. He wants to experience American high school culture firsthand, since he has always seen it in Netflix series. He hopes to learn more about American culture, and share some German culture with his new friends and family!

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Alejandro

Spain | Age 18 | Male

Interests: Mountain bike, piano, skiing, basketball, soccer
Alejandro is an 18 year old competitive mountain biker and pianist from Spain. He is very passionate about music and bike riding. He practices piano for 2-3 hours every day, and is “now polishing Debussy’s arabesques and learning Beethoven’s varia􏰀tions.” He is great at making friends, and hopes to meet other young artists like himself. He hopes to attend new classes he doesn’t have access to in Spain. He is sure that studying in the US will be the experience of a lifetime!

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Gauthier

France | Age 15 | Male

Interests: Skiing, skateboarding, tennis, piano, scouts, listening to music
Gaunthier is a 15 year old athlete from France. He loves to go skiing, skateboarding, play tennis, box, and play rugby. His brother had the chance to study abroad in 2019, and wants to follow in his footsteps. He loves to help his dad garden and do home renovations. He loves to visit the beach, and greatly enjoys swimming and surfing! He hopes to confront himself, learn to be more independent, and get to know new people.

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Sara

Spain | Age 15 | Female

Interests: Piano, mountain hiking, countryside walks, biking, drawing, board games
Sara is a 15 year old basketball and piano player from Spain. She is very smart, respectful, and responsible. She might seem shy at first, but becomes very talkative when she gets to know you. She loves to go hiking, take walks in the countryside, and enjoys spending time with family, children, and animals. Sara hopes to experience a peaceful American lifestyle in a surburban area. She hopes to try many new things, practice her sport, and spend time getting to know her host family.

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Isabella

Italy | Age 16 | Female

Interests: Cross country, track & field, photography, singing, gardening, painting
Isabella is a 16 year old track and cross country superstar! In her home country Italy, she has competed at the national level for both and is hoping to find a new team to train with in the states. She plans to have a career as an architect someday. She also loves photography, singing, painting, and loves animals! Isabella is vegan, and loves to cook traditional Italian meals. She is very excited to try new things and go on unforgettable adventures with her new friends and host family.

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Carlota

Spain | Age 15 | Female

Interests: basketball, tennis, golf, shopping, cooking, reading
Carlota is a 15 year old basketball, tennis, and golf player from Spain. She is very sporty and friendly. She loves to spend time with her family, and can’t wait to create memories with her host family! She plays basketball competitively, so she is hoping to find a team to play with in the US. She also loves to shop, cook, and read. In the future, she wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. She hopes to learn more about American culture, gain maturity, and live new adventures during her time in the US.

 

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Carmen

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: tennis, swimming, surfing, drawing, cooking, shopping
Carmen is a 16-year-old competitive swimmer, tennis player, and dancer from Spain. She is a very easygoing extrovert; happy and always smiling. She is very sporty, loyal and friendly. Carmen enjoys surfing, the beach and the sun. She is really excited to go to the US, meet her host family and share a lot of experiences with you. Her favorite subjects in school are technical drawing and French, and she hopes to be an architect in the future. While in the US she would love to try cheerleading, volleyball, lacrosse, and continue tennis. Her other hobbies include volunteering, drawing, cooking, and shopping.

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Magde

Lithuania | Age 18 | Female

Interests: Violin, piano, choir, running, triathlon, volleyball, volunteering, geography
Magde is an 18-year-old triathlete, violinist, pianist, and chorist from Lithuania. Along with excelling at many hobbies, she speaks 5 languages. Truly, this young lady is a Jill-of-all-trades! In the US she would like to do all the things: running, triathlons, piano, violin, voice, volunteering, and traveling. Magde’s favorite school subjects are languages, geography, biology, and economics. “The most important things that my family has taught and given me are reliability, proximity, and empathy… Everybody has their own goals and priorities, and being able to find and cherish your values is what makes people successful and happy.”

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Luis

Spain | Age 16 | Male

Interests: soccer, surfing, tennis, food
Luis is a 16-year-old Boy Scout, soccer player, surfer, and tennis player from Spain. He’s a healthy, good-hearted kid who is very fond of sports and would like to study business in the future. Luis works hard in school, and helps out whenever he is asked. His family and friends say he has “some special kind of charm.” He makes friends very easily. He prefers one-on-one and small scale interactions. Cute note: “I love eating, especially Italian food like pizza and pasta. Also, I enjoy Mexican food like tacos and nachos and I also love hamburgers. I am used to eating everything. I think I like all types of food. I am not picky at all.”

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Manuela

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: swimming, skiing, piano, travel
Manuela is a 16-year-old competitive skiier and pianist who has dreamed of going to the US. She is  easygoing and reasonable, open and affectionate, sensitive and responsible. She does her schoolwork without being prodded. Manuela enjoys traveling and meeting new people because that is an excellent opportunity to learn new things about life. Her favorite subjects are sports, art, and history. She’s loves ice-skating, swimming, tennis, and surfing/paddle board. In her downtime, she can be found reading, watching movies, and playing the piano.

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Melisa

Turkey | Age 18 | Female

Interests: Badminton, violin, animals (especially dogs), computer games, listening to music, archery, singing/karaoke, reading
Melisa is an 18-year-old merit scholar and violinist from Turkey. She plays badminton, loves animals (especially dogs); and enjoys computer games, listening to music, archery, singing/karaoke, and reading. Her favorite subject is history and she would like to be a lawyer. In the US she wants to ride bikes and walk in the forest. She is excited to experience Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. “I know that living in a different country is hard and challenging, but I can handle that because I have a [calm temperament] and… I can get along well with my host family because I am a friendly person.”

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Muhammad

Pakistan | Age 17 | Male

Interests: Badminton, biking/cycling, video editing, photography, reading
Muhammad is a 17-year-old future architect and entrepreneur from Pakistan. The oldest of four, he is very mature and responsible. Muhammad’s primary hobbies are badminton, cycling, photography, and video editing. He also enjoys musical instruments, sketching and reading. Buoyant in spirit, he would also like to become buoyant in body and learn to swim while in the US. From Muhammad: “I’ve learned over time that leaving your problems is not the solution. We should check our resources and… try our best to overcome that problem… we should always try to find the best solution.”

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Nadia

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: Ice skating, basketball, cooking and baking
Nadia is a 16-year-old competitive ice-skater, cyclist and runner from Spain. She is bright, hardworking, kind, and has a great passion for learning. Nadia is goal-driven and has an intense desire for academic success and to pursue her education in the United States. She has many friends, wonderful interpersonal skills, and is interested in learning about life. She hopes to be a lawyer in the future. She enjoys cooking, baking, basketball, shopping with friends, and little kids, so a family with littles would be wonderful! While in the US, she would like to try softball, basketball, cheerleading, and continue running.

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Narek

Armenia | Age 16 | Male

Interests: programming, wrestling, swimming
Narek is a 16-year-old merit scholar and mathlete from Armenia. He’s the middle of three boys and a natural diplomat. A well-rounded young man, Narek excels in the aforementioned math, along with Greco-Roman wrestling, swimming, and coding/programming. In fact, he hopes to be a programmer in the future. Narek says that this exchange experience will help him to know a new culture and to be a part of another country. It’s a new chance to try a new education system, a new family, a new culture, a new country, and meet new people. Most importantly, he gets to try new sports and eat American foods!

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Oleg

Kazakhstan | Age 18 | Male

Interests: Boxing, reading, soccer
Oleg is an 18-year-old boxer and scholar from Kazakhstan. He enjoys languages, literature, soccer, weight-lifting and drawing. In the US he would like to play hockey and give voice to his performing arts side by trying theater in school. He’d also like to learn to play baseball, continue boxing, and participate in track & field. Oleg is a friendly and benevolent boy who is hardworking, disciplined, and involved in his town’s community. He is always polite and amiable with adults and teachers, and is a good and studious pupil. He hopes that this exchange period will help him learn more about himself and become more independent.

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Ricardo

Spain | Age 16 | Male

Interests: Track and field, reading, computer gaming, movies, the beach, chess
Ricardo is a 16-year-old chess player and future engineer from Spain. He enjoys new technologies, network games, and messing with his computer and mobile. In terms of sports, Ricardo excels at track & field and likes soccer, swimming, and sailing. He exercises his mind by playing chess as well as other board games and participating in robotics. He also enjoys reading and watching movies. Ricardo’s favorite subject is history; with this engineer historian, you can have a great discussion on how machines work, or on how civilizations worked!

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Paula

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: dance, fashion, cooking, music, photography
Paula is a 16-year-old rhythmic gymnast and dancer from Spain. She has dreamed of traveling to the US and has been asking to come on exchange for two years. While here, she would like to try out for cheerleading because it’s quintessentially American, and she’s good at dance and rhythmic. Paula is interested in both law and medicine as future careers. Her other interests include fashion, cooking, music, photography, and painting. So enjoy some tapas and have a family dance and photo session! However, we don’t recommend family rhythmic gymnastics night unless you’re coordinated and extremely flexible!

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Sandra

Spain | Age 15 | Female

Interests: swimming, boxing, hiking, beach
Sandra is a 15-year-old swimmer and boxer from Spain. She would like to continue both activities in the US, along with trying out for cheerleading and engaging in the arts. Sandra is responsible and studious, and performs actions with a consistency that tends toward perfectionism because she wants to master everything she encounters. Her favorite subjects are history and geography, and she would like to study either medicine or engineering in the future. Her other hobbies include hiking, volleyball, and skating.

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Santi

Spain | Age 16 | Male

Interests: Basketball, tennis, movies, animals
Santi (Santiago) is a 16-year-old competitive basketball player and dog lover from Spain. He is open-minded and loves to learn about other cultures and ways of thinking; this highly motivates him. Santi enjoys traveling and meeting new people, and realizes that experiences like this exchange year are an excellent opportunity for him to learn new things about life and develop himself. His parents describe him as a mature and responsible son. In the US Santi would like to continue basketball and try out new activities. He also enjoys tennis, swimming, soccer, surfing, video games, and movies.

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Sumaiya

Tanzania | Age 17 | Female

Interests: Crafting, cooking, volunteering
Sumaiya is a 17-year-old merit scholar and future surgeon from Tanzania. She lives with her sisters and brothers, and spends her non-academic time crafting, cooking, and volunteering. Sumaiya is bold and unafraid of failure, and is helpful, tolerant, and engaging. She feels that these characteristics will help her to be successful on her exchange. After her medical career, she hopes to become a businesswoman as her second act, and funnel her profits into building an orphanage and attached hospital.

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Zee

Thailand | Age 17 | Female

Interests: movies, badminton, photography
Zee (Sreena) is a 17-year-old girl from Thailand. A young entrepreneur, she owns a betta fish farm and is credited with creating a new breed of betta fish that is highly prized by betta fish enthusiasts all over the world! When she isn’t running her business, she swims competitively and participates in Math Olympiad. Her hobbies include movies, badminton, and photography. She can be a bit shy, but loves to travel and discover new cultures, languages and people!

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Pleum

Thailand | Age 17 | Male

Interests: martial arts, soccer, swimming skateboarding, comics
Pleum (Sirapop) is a 17-year-old boy from Thailand. He’s a medaled Taekwondo martial artist and competitive soccer player who swims, skateboards, reads comics, plays drums, and is working on a novel! He has too many hobbies to list. He’s trilingual, speaking Thai, Chinese and English and hopes to be a diplomatic ambassador in the future. In coming to the U.S. he’ll leave behind his beloved cats and dogs, and would love a family with pets.

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Mercedes

Spain | Age 15 | Female

Interests: Basketball, snow skiing, sailing, reading, flamenco, guitar, ukelele
Mercedes is a 15-year-old competitive basketball player and Flamenco dancer from Spain. She is the youngest of four and is eager to study abroad like all of her older siblings have. Her family describes her as responsible, hardworking and affectionate, with a lot of determination and self-esteem. Her future is open and she has a wide variety of hobbies including mathematics, snow skiing, sailing, reading, and playing the ukelele! Family music nights will be fun with her around.

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Jaja

Thailand | Age 17 | Female

Interests: Piano, Violin, Badminton, Cooking
Jaja (Kwankao) is a 17-year-old pianist and violinist from Thailand. She is an animal-lover who has two dogs at home, but is allergic to cats. She is excited about the idea of new cultures and people, and plans to be a flight attendant in the future so that she never has to stop discovering new places. Jaja loves languages and performance, and can’t wait to participate in drama while in the US. Lastly, she loves cooking, so you should be prepared for some tasty Thai food!

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Inam

Thailand | Age 17 | Female

Interests: Swimming, art, camping, museums, volleyball, volunteering, basketball, badminton, Girl Scouts
Inam (Verawan) is a 17-year-old competitive swimmer, Girl Scout, and Picasso enthusiast from Thailand. Her art medium of choice is water color painting. Her paintings will be a soothing addition to her office in her future career as a doctor. She is eager to engage in cultural exchange, and in the US would like to try American activities such as ice-hockey, camping, volunteering, visiting museums, and exploring forests. “I want to meet new people and form new relationships. I want to share my culture, such as language, traditions, food, lifestyle and art, like Thai dance. I hope they say ‘Amazing Thailand!'”

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Cream (Naphatsakorn)

Thailand | Age 17 | Female

Interests: music, Reading books, Taking naps, Playing with my younger sister, Exercising
Cream (Naphatsakorn) is a 17-year-old girl from Thailand. A future doctor, Cream has a sunny, outgoing demeanor that is sure to make anyone feel at ease. She enjoys studying science and communication arts; she’s always on hand to make a vlog or conduct a funny and engaging interview. She has a younger sister on whom she dotes and whom she will miss greatly. While in the U.S., she hopes to participate in swimming, running, photography, and vlogging to capture your adventures together!

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Chiheb

Tunisia | Age 17 | Male

Interests: Basketball, dancing, volunteering
Chiheb is a 17-year-old boy from Tunisia who one day hopes to play in the NBA. The youngest of three, he comes from a family of educators who have taught him the importance of being open tocontinual learning. In addition to basketball, he dances and particpates in a youth service club back home. Chiheb would like to study either business or psychology, while working toward the NBA. “I really am a peaceful boy that is loving and caring… In addition, I highly insist on being patient, because my determination is matched with my patience.”

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Caterina

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: Dancing, running, listening to music, photography
Caterina is a 16-year-old ballerina from Spain. An artist through and through, her other main interests include music, photography, and piano performance. Caterina has 2 dogs and a cat, and runs to keep fit when not dancing. Her favorite subject is English, and she is keen to practice during her exchange year. Caterina is eager to prove herself. “Living in a completely different place, with a different family, school and new friends will be a great experience. I chose the USA because it is a country that I’ve always loved, and, unfortunately, I’ve only seen it in the movies.”

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Aron

Hungary | Age 17 | Male

Interests: Skiing, wakeboarding, gymnastics, special effects make up, soccer, reading, TV, crafts, photography
Aron is a 17-year-old artist from Hungary. An accomplished special effects makeup artists, he has honed his crafts at fashion shows all over Europe and has a sizeable following on Instagram. He is also interested in videography and photography. Studying in the US was a dream of his since he entered into high school. During the exchange he would like to make international connections, and deepen his bonds to sustainable learning. In the US, Aron would like to learn more about art. His extensive hobbies include Chinese language classes, reading, TV, crafts, skiing, wakeboarding, gymnastics, and soccer.

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Alberto

Spain | Age 15 | Male

Interests: Video games, Robotics, Table Tennis, Tennis
Alberto is a 15-year-old competitive judo martial artist and pianist from Spain who hopes to study engineering in the future. He’s an easy-going kid who adapts to situations with minimal conflict and loves to make new friends. He enjoys playing video games with friends, going to the movies; in addition he loves nature and animals, especially cats and dogs. Alberto is on the robotics team at school, and his extracurricular sports include tennis, table tennis, and swimming, and playing the piano.

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Aina

Spain | Age 16 | Female

Interests: music, drawing, basketball, dancing, occasional skiing
Aina is a responsible, sensitive, and creative 16-year-old girl from Spain. She has an empathetic heart and is always prepared to help others and provide care whenever a person or animal is unwell. Aina is a cat lover whose favorite subjects are art, music, and history. She’s a competitive basketball player, and on the art side plays piano and sings in the choir. She also does modern dance performance, Bachata, and enjoys submarine photography. In her more mellow moments she can be found listening to music and drawing.

 

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