Meet Our Exchange Students

This page provides a convenient way for potential host familes to review actual student profiles of incoming students and contact their local NWSE Area Coordinator or the NWSE main office to discuss their preferences. The list may include NWSE students who are already in the process of being placed in a host family. Click here to learn more about hosting.

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Matches Found: 28
  • Abdurahmon from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4583
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Abdurahmon is a 17-year old boy who was born in Saudi Arabia and is a citizen of Tajikistan, but has resided in Kyrgyzstan for the last 3 years. He loves soccer, swimming, horseback riding, reading, and math. He has played soccer for 10 years, but modestly describes his soccer skills as “normal”. He also belongs to the school chess club and the Math Olympiad Team. His team took first place at a Math Olympiad in India, and he also participated in a Chemistry Olympiad in Singapore. Both Olympiads were a great experience for him. Abdurahmon attends boarding school and lives in a dorm, so he is used to cleaning his room and doing his own laundry. He and his family enjoy going to the mall or to restaurants together on weekends, and he loves travelling with them during holidays. In addition to Singapore, he has traveled to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, India, and Turkey, and will soon be visiting Thailand. During his exchange, he would like to try new sports, such as basketball, American football, and tennis.  Read more...

    Abdurahmon’s native language is Tajik. He speaks English well, and has studied the language for 6 years. He has also studied Kyrgyz (3 years), Russian (7 years), and Turkish (3 years). He gets excellent grades, and his favorite subjects are math, physics, chemistry, English, and biology. Abdurahmon attends an international school that has students and teachers from many different countries. Teachers describe him as an outgoing, well-mannered, and open-minded young man who is well-respected by classmates, an exceptional student, and always ready to help others. In the future he would like to become a doctor or a businessman.

    As Abdurahmon attends a boarding school, he only gets to see his family – his father, mother, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister -- on weekends and holidays. Nevertheless, he has a very good relationship with them. His father is a businessman, and his mother is a housewife. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions, and can live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    mathreadingsoccerswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Abylay from Kazakhstan
    • ID: 4504
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Abylay is a 16-year old boy from Kazakhstan, who will be turning 17 before the start of his exchange. One of his favorite activities is playing the guitar. He spends about 12 hours a week practicing new songs that he wants to master, and recently wrote his own song. He loves sports -- especially basketball, soccer, volleyball and water polo -- as they help him develop self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership skills. He also has a passion for reading short stories and novels. He and his family like to walk in the park together, have barbecues in the backyard, watch movies, and go to dinner at his grandfather’s house. Last year he volunteered for the first time, collecting items and money for low-income families, and would like to continue this activity in the future. When he was 11, he spent the summer in the U.S. and had a great experience there. Teachers describe Abylay as a hard-working, creative, and intelligent young man who has a sense of humor and is respectful of others.  Read more...

    Abylay’s native language is Kazkh. He speaks English at the intermediate level, and has studied the language for 4 years. He is currently taking extra English lessons with a private tutor. He has also studied Russian (10 years) and German (1 year). He gets good grades, and his favorite subjects are math and physics. In the future he would like to become an engineer.

    Abylay lives with both parents and two younger sisters. He also has an older sister who lives on her own. He has a very close relationship with his family and has a great deal of respect for his parents. His father is a lawyer and his mother is an economist, but they own their own business. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions, and can live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    guitarreadingsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Aidar from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4609
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Aidar is a 14-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who will be turning 15 before the start of his exchange. He likes swimming, reading, and basketball. He has been swimming competitively for 10 years and has represented Kyrgyzstan in international competitions. He is in a reading club at school, and his favorite book is “Flowers for Algernon”. He plays basketball about 3 hours a week. He and his family like to go skiing in the winter, spend their summer holidays together at the lake, and also go on picnics. In his spare time, Aidar likes to jog, play soccer and chess, watch movies, and draw. He has also done some travelling. He has visited Morocco, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Italy. He would like to continue swimming during his exchange and would also like to try some new sports. Teachers describe Aidar as a kind, easy-going, and responsible young man who adapts to new environments easily and is respected by his peers.  Read more...

    Aidar’s native language is Kyrgyz. He speaks English at the intermediate level, and has studied the language for 2 years. He has also studied Russian (14 years) and French (8 years). Since September he has been attending an international school where English is the language of instruction, and he has classmates from many different countries. His favorite subjects are chemistry, biology, geography, physics, and English. In the future he would like to be a biochemist and discover new medicines to help fight cancer.

    Aidar lives with both parents, two younger brothers, and a younger sister. His father is the director of a company, and his mother is a housewife. He would prefer not to live with indoor pets, as he is uncomfortable having pets in the house. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballreadingswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Aidarkhan from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4589
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Aidarkhan is a 16-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who has loved sports since childhood. He has played basketball for the last few years, and is on his school’s team. He also enjoys jogging and playing soccer, volleyball, and handball. He plays the piano, too, but has not had a chance to play lately, as there is no piano in his home right now. He also belongs to the drama club and is on the debate team. In his spare time he likes listening to music, reading history books and biographies, and watching movies -- Harry Potter and Star Wars are his favorites. He belongs to a business group where young people can share their ideas and get advice from established business owners. He is already a budding entrepreneur, having just started an online bookstore with over 2300 subscribers on Instagram. During his exchange, Aidarkhan would like to try American football and baseball, and travel with his host family.  Read more...

    Aidarkhan’s native language is Russian. He English is very good, and he has studied the language for 7 years. He takes private English lessons. He has also studied Kyrgyz (for 16 years). His favorite subjects are world history, physics and P.E. Teachers describe Aidarkhan as a confident, mature, and responsible young man who gets along well with his classmates. In the future he would like to study business.

    Aidarkhan has a big, friendly family. His parents are divorced, and he and his older brother live with his mother. He also has 3 younger brothers that live with his father. His father is a politician, and his mother owns a clothing store. Aidarkhan does not eat pork. He loves animals and is able to live with any pets. He has no known allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballpianorunning

    Allergies: o pork

  • Alejandro from Spain
    • ID: 4496
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 11
    • Fall 2019

    Alejandro is a 15-year-old boy from Spain who is excited to live and study during his junior year in the United States! Alejandro is a friendly and independent boy who enjoys basketball, swimming, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family. Alejandro’s most important hobby is basketball and he plays on a competitive high school team. He is hoping to play basketball in the United States too and possibly try American football. Aside from sports, Alejandro enjoys spending time with his family and friends. With his friends he enjoys hanging out and playing video games or basketball. His family enjoys traveling together. He has had the opportunity to visit many countries including Egypt and Ireland. Alejandro describes himself as on the quiet side. He looks forward to developing his confidence and participating in family and school activities while on the exchange. Teachers describe Alejandro as mature, responsible, hardworking, and someone who enjoys helping others.  Read more...

    Alejandro’s native language is Spanish. He has studied English for 4 years. Alejandro earns good grades at school and his favorite subjects are History and Mathematics. In the future he would like to continue his passion for basketball and possibly play at the professional level!

    Alejandro lives with both of his parents and his two pet dogs. His father is a store owner and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Alejandro has mild food allergies to some fruits.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballswimmingvideo games

    Allergies: yes - certain fruit

  • Baiaman from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4585
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Baiaman is a 15-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who will be turning 16 before the start of his exchange program. He loves soccer. He has played soccer since he was 9 years old, but only with friends, never on an organized team. He has played the komuz (a traditional Kyrgyz instrument) for 4 years and even travelled to Turkey to play in a festival. He usually spends two months of the summer with his grandparents, who don’t have electricity or other modern conveniences, such as TV or the internet. He and his family also go to the lake together for 2 weeks every summer. In his spare time he enjoys reading books about history and geography, listening to music, and watching movies (especially comedies). He is very excited to be coming to the U.S., and has been doing research on his own about various U.S. states. During his exchange he would like to play sports and also do volunteer work. Teachers describe Baiaman as kind, open-minded, motivated, and respectful of others.  Read more...

    Baiaman’s native language is Kyrgyz. His English is at the intermediate level, and he has studied the language for 4 years. He studies English outside school 5 days a week, and will continue with this extra study until the start of his exchange. He has also studied Russian (for 15 years). He gets good grades, and his favorite subjects are history and geography. In the future, he would like to be an interpreter.

    Baiaman lives with both parents as well as two younger sisters, with whom he has a close relationship. His father works for the Forest Department, his mother works for an electric company. Baiaman does not eat pork. He has no allergies, and is willing to live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

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    Allergies: o pork

  • Chenglong from China
    • ID: 4471
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2019

    Leo is a boy from China who will be 17 at the time of his exchange. He is honest, friendly, and optimistic. Although he says that he is usually quiet once he gets used to a new environment, he also likes to tell a joke to his new friends. At his school, he is a member of Math club and Abilix club. He is very passionate robotics. He participated in a Robot competition where he learned communication and teamwork skills. Outside of school, he likes to play badminton, ride a bike, and watch Hollywood movies. When he comes to the U.S he would like to share Chinese stories which he learned from his grandparents, cook Chinese dishes, and teach the Chinese language to his host family. Moreover, he is looking forward to joining in family activities such as going to hiking, playing Frisbee, and trying winter sports if it’s possible.  Read more...

    Leo’s teachers describe him as a reliable and responsible boy who has a sense of humor. He’s good at communicating and is well-liked by his peers. His native language is Chinese, and he has been studying English for 11 years. His favorite subject is Pre-calculus. He is still thinking about what he would like to become in the future.

    Leo lives with his mother, father and his twin sister, with whom he has a close relationship. His mother is a homemaker, and his father is a manager. Leo would be very happy to live with pets. He has no known allergies, and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    badmintonmathrobotics

    Allergies: none

  • Daniel Kabiel from Mexico
    • ID: 4631
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Daniel is a 16 year old boy from Mexico. Daniel loves sports and especially enjoys soccer and volleyball. He a hopes to take up practicing a new sport in the US. His other hobbies include reading, listening to music and watching soap operas and movies with his grandmother. Daniel describes himself as kind, attentive, and hardworking. Daniel is eager to come to the US to meet new friends and improve his English. He is also excited to experience a new culture as well as share some traditions from Mexico with his host family.  Read more...

    Daniel’s native language is Spanish. He has studied English for 4 years. Daniel receives good grades in school and is currently studying scientific and technological studies with a focus in construction engineering. Daniels teachers describe him as a motivated, communicative, and responsible student. They also note that he gets along well with all of his peers and is displays leadership in sports and other activities. Daniel will attend 11th grade while he is on his exchange in the US.

    Daniel lives with his grandmother with whom he shares a very close bond. He is also enjoys a close relationship with his older brother and other extended family members. Daniel is looking forward to getting to know his host family and experiencing new customs, cultures, and traditions with them. Daniel has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    sciencessoccervolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Daniiar from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4592
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Daniiar is a 15-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan, who will be turning 16 before his exchange begins. His main hobbies are sports, math, and music. He especially loves basketball. He has played the sport for 7 years and is a forward on his school team. He also likes soccer, skiing, swimming, and volleyball. He is very good at math and enjoys solving difficult problems. He gets extra tutoring in advanced math 4 hours per week. He likes to listen to pop music, and plays the guitar. He also enjoys travelling. He has visited the UAE, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Canada, and the U.S. (to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York). He would like to explore basketball, wrestling, IT club, and volunteering during his exchange. Teachers describe Daniiar as a dedicated, engaged, and responsible young man who has a positive attitude and is well-regarded by his peers.  Read more...

    Daniiar’s native language is Kyrgyz. He speaks English well, and has studied the language for 2 years. He has also studied Russian (15 years) and French (6 years). He gets very good grades, and his favorite subjects are algebra, English, physics and chemistry. In the future he would like to be a corporate controller or financier.

    Daniiar lives with both parents and a younger brother. His father is a businessman and owns a pub, and his mother owns a real estate company. Daniiar is allergic to animals and is not able to live with pets. He does not eat bell peppers, ground pepper, or pork.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballguitarmath

    Allergies: allergic to animals, blossoming, dust bell pepper, g

  • Dastan from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4580
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Dastan is a 15 year-old boy from Kyrgyzstan, who will be turning 16 shortly after his exchange begins. He is athletic as well as musical. He has been doing judo and sambo (a Russian martial art) for 3 years, and has taken part in international tournaments. His favorite sport is soccer, which he plays every weekend with his friends. He also enjoys swimming, wrestling, bicycling, and horseback riding. Dastan plays two traditional Kyrgyz instruments – the komuz (similar to a guitar, but with only 3 strings) and dobulbas (drums) -- and has travelled to several international music festivals. His family is usually quite busy, but when they have free time, they like to go to the movies or eat out together at restaurants and cafes. Before he goes on his exchange, Dastan is planning to learn how to cook some traditional Kyrgyz dishes, so he can cook them for his host family. During his exchange he would be interested in wrestling, as well as playing soccer and table tennis. Teachers describe Dastan as an active, open-minded, and friendly young man who has amazing people skills and finds joy in helping others.  Read more...

    Dastan’s native language is Kyrgyz. He speaks English at the intermediate level, and has studied the language for 3 years. He has also studied Russian (15 years) and Turkish (3 years). He gets very good grades, and his favorite subjects are his language classes: English, Turkish, and Kyrgyz. In the future he would like to study business administration, and hopes to open his own grocery store someday.

    Dastan lives with both parents, two older sisters and a younger sister. His father is a politician, and his mother is a housewife. Dastan is afraid of cats, and would prefer not to live with pets. He does not have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    martial artssoccerswimming

    Allergies: none

  • David from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4624
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2019

    David is a 17 year old boy from Czech Republic. He would describe himself as friendly, open-minded, responsible, adventurous, and having a sense of humor. He loves to play various sports including golf, volleyball, badminton and skiing. He particularly loves golf and plays on a competitive junior league team. He even teaches young children how to play golf. In his free time, David enjoys hanging out with friends and watching sport matches on TV. David’s teachers describe him as a mature and organized student. They also note that he possesses leadership abilities, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude.  Read more...

    David’s native language is Czech. In addition to studying English for 11 years, he has studied Spanish for four years and Russian for two years. He gets good grades in school. His favorite subjects in school include math, English, and physics. David is excited to come to the United States to meet new friends and experience a different culture. He hopes to gain a new sense of independence and get involved in his new school.

    David lives with both of his parents and an older brother. His mother is an architect and his father is an IT manager. David’s older brother spent time abroad in the US a few years ago and had a wonderful experience which inspired David to follow suit. David shares a close relationship with his family. He is eager to meet his new host family and hopes he can teach them about Czech culture. David cannot live in a household with cats because he is very allergic.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballgolfvolleyball

    Allergies: cats and pollen

  • Eldar from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4599
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Eldar is a 14-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who will be turning 15 before the start of his exchange. He is very active and loves sports, especially swimming, boxing, and working out in the gym. He also likes watching movies in English. His family has a house at the lake, and in the summer they enjoy swimming, diving, exploring the seashore, and tanning on the beach. During the winter they go skiing and snowboarding together. Eldar enjoys cooking, and would like to cook some of his country’s traditional dishes for his host family. He also loves travelling and discovering new places. He has visited Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Thailand, the UAE, Spain, Turkey, and Egypt. He would like to try American football and canoeing during his exchange. Teachers describe Eldar as a friendly, helpful, tolerant and diligent young man, who is able to adapt to new environments and gets along well with his classmates.  Read more...

    Eldar’s native language is Kyrgyz. He speaks English well, and has studied the language for 3 years. He has also studied Russian (for 14 years). He attends an international school, and all of his classes are in English (with the exception of Kyrgyz and Russian language classes). He gets good grades, and his favorite subjects are English language, English literature, and geography. In the future he would like to own a restaurant.

    Eldar has a big family. He lives with both parents, an older brother and a younger sister. He has two other older brothers who live on their own. Both of his parents are tax inspectors. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions. He has two dogs and can live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    boxingswimmingworking out

    Allergies: none

  • Hector Manuel from Mexico
    • ID: 4639
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2019

    Hector is a 17 year old boy from Mexico. Hector loves to play soccer and to stay active he typically goes to the gym for a few hours after school. In his free time, Hector enjoys listening to music, going to the movies, and hanging out with friends. He also likes participating in as many school events as he can, and getting involved with various groups and clubs as well. Hector considers himself a friendly person with a good sense of humor which has helped him to develop many close friendships.  Read more...

    Hector’s native language is Spanish. He has studied English for three years. Hector earns good grades in school and hopes to attend university in the future. His teachers describe him as respectful, responsible, and energetic. They also note that he has a great ability to communicate with others and gets along well with all of his peers in school.

    Hector lives with both of his parents. He has a younger sister and older brother. Hector enjoys a close relationship with his parents and siblings and is looking forward to meeting and getting to know his new host family. He is eager to take make the most of his time in the US by making new friends and adapting to a new environment. Hector does not have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    runningsoccerworking out

    Allergies: none

  • Ilia from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4616
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Ilia is a 17-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who enjoys working out at the gym and photography. He goes to the gym three times a week and finds that it helps build his body as well as his spirit. He takes beautiful and picturesque photos, and tries to see beauty where others do not. He doesn’t have much time for sports right now, but he used to swim, and has also tried gymnastics, tennis, judo, and taekwondo. In his spare time he likes to read, play chess, watch science fiction movies, and go walking with friends. Ilia spent 2 weeks in London with a tour group during spring break and really enjoyed it. Last summer he worked as a kitchen assistant, and not only made some money, but learned a lot as well. He and his family enjoy going hiking and often visit a nature reserve together. Ilia is very interested in learning about American holidays and traditions and would like to explore swimming and hiking during his exchange. Teachers describe Ilia as a friendly, diligent, and organized young man, who makes friends easily.  Read more...

    Ilia’s native language is Russian. His English is at the intermediate level, and he has studied the language for 3 years. He has started taking extra English classes outside school, and will continue to do so between now and the start of his exchange. He has also studied Kyrgyz (for 10 years). He attends a school that is oriented towards math and science, and his favorite subject is algebra. In the future, he would like to be an engineer.

    Ilia’s parents are separated, and he lives with his mother, an older brother, and a younger sister, with whom he has a close relationship. His mother is an accountant and manages a café, and his father is an entrepreneur. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions. He has two cats, and can live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    photographyswimmingworking out

    Allergies: none

  • Ilyas from Kazakhstan
    • ID: 4522
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Ilyas is a 16-year old boy from Kazakhstan. His main hobbies are reading, playing video games, and most recently, playing the piano. He has played the piano for about 6 months. He takes piano lessons and plays classical music. He likes sports as well. In the summer he goes cycling and swims, and in the winter he ice skates and skis. He is also on his school’s chess team. He enjoys travelling with his father to various countries. He has visited Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Thailand, and the U.S. Teachers and family friends describe Ilyas as open-minded, curious, creative, thoughtful, and respectful.  Read more...

    Ilyas’ native language is Russian. He speaks English at the intermediate level, and has studied the language for 3 years. He is working to improve his English by taking private lessons twice a week. He has also studied Kazakh for 10 years. He gets good grades, and his favorite subject is geography. In the future he would like to work in the IT field.

    Ilyas’ parents are divorced, and he has a younger brother. He currently lives with his father as his grandmother is sick, and he is helping take care of her. His mother is a stage design teacher. His father is a geneticist, as well as a movie producer who makes documentaries. Ilyas has no allergies or dietary restrictions. He loves animals and is able to live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    computerpianoreading

    Allergies: none

  • Isa from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4577
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Isa is a 16 year-old boy from Kyrgyzstan who loves sports. He practices Aikido 5 hours a week, and earned his black belt last year. He also plays basketball and soccer, and likes snowboarding and boxing. He has played the guitar for 2 years and takes lessons. He and his family enjoy skiing, attending cultural events, and having picnics together. Isa helps his family by taking care of the garden, cleaning the house, and shopping for groceries with his dad. In his spare time, he likes to make funny videos and go to the movies with his friends. He also knows how to cook, and looks forward to making some traditional Kyrgyz dishes for his host family. He would like to explore IT club, basketball, and snowboarding during his exchange. Teacher describe Isa as diligent, kind, helpful, studious, and friendly.  Read more...

    Isa’s native language is Russian. He speaks English well, and has studied the language for 3 years. He gets very good grades, and his favorite subjects are math and programming. In the future, he would like to work in the IT field.

    Isa lives with both parents and an older sister. He has another older sister who lives on her own. His father is a civil servant and former vice-mayor, and his mother is a scientific secretary. Isa does not eat pork. He is mildly allergic to cats, but loves animals, and is able to live with any pets other than cats.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballguitarmartial artssnowboarding

    Allergies: I am allergic to cats I do not eat pork

  • Iskender from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4584
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Iskender (“Isken”) is a 15-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who will be turning 16 shortly after his exchange begins. He loves sports, especially basketball and boxing. He is on his school’s basketball team and really values teamwork in sports and in life. He has been boxing for 4 years, and has participated in many competitions. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, reading adventure books, and watching movies, especially comedies. He also volunteers in the community, helping to keep the streets clean. He and his family like to go to the movies together, go for evening walks and attend special events and festivals. He visits his grandma twice a week, and helps her with housework. Isken can cook and would like to share some traditional dishes with his host family. During his exchange he hopes to continue with basketball, learn how to play an instrument, and participate in school government. Teachers describe Isken as a positive, cheerful, and open-minded young man, who is a leader and a creative thinker.  Read more...

    Isken’s native language is Kyrgyz. He speaks English very well, and has studied the language for 2 years. He takes extra English classes outside school three times a week. He has also studied Russian (15 years). He gets good grades, and his favorite subjects are world history, Russian literature, and English. In the future he would like to have a career connected to communicating with people.

    Isken lives with both parents and a younger sister, with whom he has a close and warm relationship. Both of his parents work at universities. His father is an IT specialist and his mother is the director of a Civil Society Institute. Isken does not eat pork. He has no allergies, and can live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballboxingvolunteering

    Allergies: o pork

  • Jachym from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4660
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Jachym is a 16-year old boy from the Czech Republic who is both active and creative. He has been playing soccer since he was seven years old and really loves the sport. Additionally, he enjoys biking, ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, drama, drawing and photography. He is a member of a volunteer group that organizes summer camp for younger kids where he is responsible for leading and organizing activities. Jachym describes himself as extrovert, open-minded and responsible. His teachers and soccer coach say he is polite, eager to communicate and ask questions, a hard worker, self-driven, a team player and a class leader.  Read more...

    Jachym’s native language is Czech. He has studied English for nine years and Spanish for four years. He earns good grades at schools. His favorite subjects are economics, geography and English. In the future, he would like to be an Economist or work in HR.

    Jachym lives with both of his parents, younger sister and two cats. He has a close relationship with his family and they enjoy biking and skiing together. His mother is a psychologist and his father is an IT Manager. He regularly helps his family with chores including laundry, dishes and meal preparation. Jachym does not have any allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    skiingsoccervolunteering

    Allergies: none

  • Kamchybek from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4615
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Kamchybek (“Kamchy”) is a 16-year old boy from Kyrgyzstan who loves sports, especially gymnastics. He has done gymnastics since he was 5 years old. He trains every day, and has represented Kyrgyzstan in various international gymnastics competitions. He also likes snowboarding, trampoline, soccer, and basketball. He used to take guitar lessons, but stopped when he realized he doesn’t have much talent for music. He helps out at home by mowing the lawn, working in the garden, and shoveling snow in the winter. He and his family enjoy watching movies and riding bicycles together. His family hosted a Korean exchange student for a year, and it was a great experience for them. Teachers describe Kamchy as an open-minded, friendly and outgoing young man with a good sense of humor. He would like to explore wrestling and climbing during his exchange.  Read more...

    Kamchy’s native language is Kyrgyz. His English is at the intermediate level, and he has studied the language for 2 years. He will be taking extra English classes between now and the start of his exchange. He has also studied Russian (for 16 years). He gets very good grades, and his favorite subjects are math and P.E. He would like to study business administration in the future.

    Kamchy comes from a large family. He lives with both parents, 2 older sisters, and one older brother. He has another older brother who lives on his own. His father works with an international sports organization, and his mother is a housewife. Kamchy does not eat pork. He has a dog and a cat, and is able to live with any pets. He does not have any allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    bicyclinggymnasticssoccer

    Allergies: o pork

  • Krystof from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4645
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Krystof is a 17 year old boy from the Czech Republic. He enjoys a variety of sports including skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey in the winter and soccer, hiking, and cycling in the summer. Krystof has also worked as an ice hockey referee and as a bicycle service mechanic. Outside of sports, he likes to spend his free time listening to music, reading, and hanging out with friends. He describes himself as reliable, responsible, and disciplined. He also notes that what is most important to him is family, sports, friendship, and good health.  Read more...

    Krystof’s native language is Czech. He has studied English for seven years as well as German for four years. He earns good grades in school and plans to attend university in the future. His favorite subjects include PE, Geography, History, and Biology. Krystof’s teachers describe him as a proactive and disciplined student. They also note that he displays a great deal of enthusiasm about his upcoming exchange to the US and has been diligently practicing his English skills.

    Krystof lives with both of his parents and younger sister. As a family, they spend time together doing various sports and taking vacations to foreign countries. He is looking forward to meeting his new host family and experiencing a new culture and way of life in the US. Krystof has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    ice hockeyskiingsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Lukas from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4650
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2019

    Lukas is a 16 year old boy from the Czech Republic. Lukas loves competing in triathlons. He spends several hours a week training and recently competed in the European Cup, winning 11th place in the competition. Outside of sports, Lukas also enjoys computer programming and web development. In his free time, he also loves listening to music and watching movies. He describes himself as open-minded and polite.  Read more...

    Lukas’s native language is Czech. He has studied English for eight years and German for five. Lukas earns excellent grades in school. His favorite subjects in school include PE and mathematics. In the future, he hopes to pursue IT Web development in college. Lukas’s teachers note that he is a highly-motivated and self-disciplined students and emphasize his curiosity of foreign cultures and ability to adapt to new situations.

    Lukas lives with both of his parents and twin sister. His father is a dentist and his mother is an anesthesiologist. He enjoys a close bond with his family. Lukas is eager to come to the US to attend a new school, meet new friends, and experience American holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. Lukas has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    computertriathalon

    Allergies: none

  • Mario from Spain
    • ID: 4533
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Mario is a 15-year-old boy from Spain who is looking forward to his sophomore year in the United States! Mario has a wide array of hobbies and interests including drumming, volleyball, drawing, and snowboarding. Mario is most passionate about music. He plays the drums and the ukulele and often joins local bands to play concerts! Mario is a social person who loves to spend time with his friends and family. With his friends he enjoys skateboarding and exploring the city. Mario is very close with his family, and they all enjoy traveling together. His father introduced Mario to his love for rock music at a young age; his father builds and fixes guitars. Mario describes himself as a friendly and open-minded person with a good sense of humor. His teachers describe him as delightful, intelligent and adaptable. His teachers note that he is always willing to help others and he gets along well with everyone.  Read more...

    Mario’s native language is Spanish. He has been studying English for 10 years and speaks at an advanced level. Mario has also been studying French for 3 years. At school, Mario earns average grades and his favorite subject is History. In the future he would like to study Cinematography.

    Mario lives with his mother, his father and his older brother. His father is a Mechanical Engineer and his mother is an Agronomist. Mario has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballdrumsmusicvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Nico from Germany
    • ID: 4499
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2019

    Nico is a 15 year old boy from Germany and would describe himself as friendly, flexible, organized and responsible with a great sense of humor. He is very sports oriented with a focus American Football and strength training/weight lifting. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies and listening to music, particularly American rap. During his exchange he hopes to be able to experience playing American football.  Read more...

    Nico’s native language is German. He has studied English for 7 years, French for 3, and Spanish for 2 years. He earns good grades in school and his favorite subjects are English and sports. He hopes to be a teacher in the future. Nico’s teachers would describe him as an open-minded, polite, and generous young man who gets along really well with his peers and enjoys helping younger students.

    Nico lives with his mother and step-father, and every other weekend visits his father and step-mother. He is very close with both his immediate and extended family. Both his parents work in business administration. The family has no pets, but Nico would be willing to live in a home with pets, however dogs only, as he is allergic to cats and horses. He has no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    footballmusic

    Allergies: cats,horses

  • Nurzhan from Kazakhstan
    • ID: 4662
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2019

    Nurzhan is a 16-year old boy from Kazakhstan. He started school a year early, so he will be graduating from high school (11 grades in Kazakhstan) in June 2019, before his exchange begins. Nurzhan loves sports, especially basketball. He plays basketball about 15 hours per week, and is captain of his school team. He also enjoys cycling -- both for transportation and fun – as well as ice skating and swimming. In his spare time he likes to exercise, read, and hang out with friends. He also enjoys spending time with his mom, who is his best friend. They like to cook and bake together and go shopping. He has a lot of relatives, and often plays with his younger cousins. He would like to continue with basketball during his exchange. Teachers describe Nurzhan as a kind, caring and honest young man with a good sense of humor.  Read more...

    Nurzhan’s native language is Kazakh. His English is at the upper intermediate level, and he has studied the language for 6 years. He is taking extra English classes outside school, and will continue studying English intensively up until the start of his exchange program. He has also studied Russian for 16 years. He gets good grades, and his favorite subjects are Russian, literature, English, and P.E. In the future he would like to be an English teacher.

    Nurzhan’s parents divorced when he was a year old, and he has been raised by his mother, with whom he has a very close relationship. He is an only child. His mother is a Kazakh language teacher at a university. Nurzhan has no allergies or dietary restrictions, and is able to live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballbicyclingswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Ondrej from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4618
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade:
    • Academic Year 2019

    Ondrej is a 16 year old boy from the Czech Republic. Ondrej loves playing basketball and has been playing for the past ten years. He belongs to a competitive team and has practice every day and often travels outside of his hometown to compete in games on the weekends. Besides basketball, Ondrej enjoys other sports including swimming and beach volleyball in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Outside of sports, Ondrej also enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and cooking in his free time.  Read more...

    One of Ondrej’s life long dreams is to travel the world and visit different countries to gain new experiences. This is why he is especially excited to visit the US. Ondrej is looking forward to changing up his daily routine and discovering a new culture. Teachers describe Ondrej as a reliable and independent student with great communications skills. His teachers also point out that Ondrej is capable of coping with new situations and experiences.

    Ondrej’s native language is Czech. He is proficient in English and has studied it for ten years. Ondrej earns good grade in school and has studied French (one year) and Russian (two years). His favorite subjects at school include science, history, and math. In the future Ondrej wishes to attend university and one day become a hotel manager.

    Ondrej lives with both of his parents and older brother. His mother is a teacher and his father works as a company manager. He shares a close relationship with his family and is looking forward to getting to know his new host family. Ondrej does not have any allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballcookingskiingswimmingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Simon from CzechRepublic
    • ID: 4497
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Fall 2019

    Simon is a boy from the Czech Republic who will be 17 at the time of his exchange and would describe himself as a friendly, polite person who is open-minded to different ideas, thoughts, people, and experiences. He is creative and adventurous and enjoys many different hobbies, both artistic and athletic. In his spare time, he loves photography and enjoys how it allows him to share his thoughts and feelings through photos. He also enjoys snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, playing tennis, and staying active in general.  Read more...

    Simon’s native language is Czech, and he has been studying English for 11 years as well as Spanish for four years. He earns good grades in school, and his favorite subjects are English and History of Art. His teachers describe him as a highly motivated student who is an enthusiastic learner as well as being perceptive and capable of deep reflection and think about topics from different perspectives. He’s an ambitious, cheerful young man who is well-liked by all of his peers and friends. In the future, Simon’s dream would be able to create a career that combines both snowboarding and photography.

    Simon lives with his mother and father, older sister, and older brother, and has a very close relationship with his family. His father is a producer, his mother is a manager, his older brother is a professional golf trainer, and his sister does physical therapy for dogs. Simon is allergic to pollen, dust, cats, dogs, and birds, and cannot live with any of these three animals due to his allergies. He has mild allergy-induced asthma which he manages by taking antihistamines and an inhaler as needed. Simon has no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    photographysnowboarding

    Allergies: dogs, cats, birds, dust, mold

  • Yun (Giotto) from China
    • ID: 4469
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Giotto is a boy from China who will be 15 at the time of his exchange and is independent, open-minded and has a sense of humor. He is very passionate about writing and reading. In fact, he has published several books online and he is currently writing a new story. He is very excited to share his story and opinion with his new host family and friends when he comes to the U.S. In addition, he would like to join family activities, cook Chinese food to his host family, and participate in community activities. At a new school, he is interested in join speech club and reading club.  Read more...

    Giotto's teachers describe him as an independent, responsible, and respectful student. He’s a very confident and caring person. His native language is Chinese, and he has been studying English for seven years. His grade very good, and his favorite subject are Science, History, and Literature. In the future, he would like to become a writer or voice actor in the animation.

    Giotto is attending a boarding school. Until he enters current school, he lived with his mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather, with whom he has a close relationship. His mother is a vice general manager, and his father is an international trader. Giotto would be happy to live with pets. He has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    readingvideo gameswriting

    Allergies: none

  • Yuxuan from China
    • ID: 4468
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2019

    Leo is a boy from China who will be 15 at the time of his exchange and is friendly, polite and responsible. He has a variety of interests including, fencing, archery, music such as guitar, and computer science. He has been to U.S and UK for a summer program. When he was in UK, he stayed with his host family which he enjoys very much. He is looking forward to spending time with his new family. He especially would like to introduce Chinese culture to his host family. In addition, he would like to participate in some sports activities when he comes to the U.S.  Read more...

    Leo’s teachers describe him as a cheerful and kind boy who has a sense of humor. They also describe that Leo is well-liked by his peers. His native language is Chinese, and he has been studying English for five years. His grades are good, and his favorite subject is Anthropology and Math. In the future, Leo would like to work in the field of computer science.

    Leo lives with his parents with whom he has a close relationship. Her mother works as a manager and his father works at a technology company as an owner. Leo would be happy to live with pets. He has no known allergies, and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    archeryfencingguitar

    Allergies: none