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: 61
  • Adhara from Spain
    • ID: 4825
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Adhara is a 14-year-old girl from Spain who will turn 15 this summer. She is looking forward to her sophomore year of high school in the United States! Adhara describes herself as friendly, flexible, extroverted, responsible and as having a good sense of humor. Adhara enjoys a variety of different activities and hobbies. One of her favorite things to do is cook and bake, she especially enjoys baking pastries and muffins, which she learned how to do from her grandmother. Adhara also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. She has had the opportunity to visit countries such as Croatia, France, Italy and the UK. In the future, she may like to pursue a career in tourism and she believes her knowledge of English will help her succeed in attaining this dream! In her spare time, Adhara likes to go swimming and she also enjoys babysitting because she loves to spend time with kids. Teachers describe Adhara as adaptable, open minded, motivated, responsible, and happy. She is new to her school and her teachers have noticed her ability to make friends easily and quickly in a new environment.  Read more...

    Adhara’s native language is Spanish. She has been studying English for 8 years and speaks at the lower-intermediate level. She has also been studying French for 2 years. Adhara’s favorite subjects in school are Geography and History, and in the future she would like to have a career in the travel industry. She will be placed in 10th grade in the US.

    Adhara lives with her mother, her step father, and her three step siblings; she enjoys having a big, blended family! Her mother is a makeup artist, and practices her skills on Adhara sometimes, which Adhara loves to help with. Adhara does have specific food allergies to seafood and kiwis and needs to be placed in a home that can accommodate those dietary restrictions. Adhara has no allergies to animals.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingmusicswimming

    Allergies: Alergic to SEAFOOD and KIWI.

  • Alain from Spain
    • ID: 4804
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Alain is a 16-year-old boy from Spain who is looking forward to his junior year in the United States! Alain describes himself as open minded, polite, flexible, responsible, and as having a good sense of humor. Alain says that he may be shy at first but eventually opens up and gets along well with everyone. Alain enjoys a variety of activities from sports to cooking and music. Alain has been playing tennis for 9 years and competes in a local club. He has also tried basketball and martial arts and is looking forward to trying new sports in the US! In addition to sports Alain enjoys spending time with his friends – going to the movies or exploring the town on their bicycles. Alain is also very close with his family and they enjoy traveling together or getting together for dinners with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Other activities that Alain enjoys include listening to music, learning and preparing classic Spanish dishes, and exploring and teaching himself technology. Teachers describe Alain as positive, polite, and easy-going.  Read more...

    Alain’s native language is Spanish. He has been studying English for 12 years and speaks at the intermediate level. He has also been studying German for 1 year. Alain earns good grades at school where his favorite subjects are Chemistry and Technology. Alain would like to attend university after high school and although he does not know for sure what he wants to study, he may want to study in the Education field. Alain will be placed in 11th grade in the US.

    Alain lives with his mother, his father, and his younger sister. He is very close with his family. His mother works in administration in a car company and his father works in banking. Alain has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingmusicsciencestennis

    Allergies: none

  • Albert from Spain
    • ID: 4747
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 18
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Albert is a 17-year-old boy from Spain who will turn 18 this summer; he is looking forward to his senior year in the United States! Albert describes himself as independent, friendly, responsible, open minded, and as someone who has a good sense of humor. Albert enjoys many different hobbies, but his favorite things to do are cooking, photography, listening to music, or exploring his city with his friends and family. Albert also likes to stay active by playing Padel, which is a Spanish sport very similar to racquet ball or tennis. When he is not playing Padel he likes to stay fit by working out and doing CrossFit. Albert is very dedicated in school as well and he even served as a class representative for his school this year. He has had the opportunity to improve his English during a short term exchange program in Ireland, which he enjoyed very much! He is eager to improve his English even more in the US. Teachers describe Albert as enthusiastic, helpful and happy. He is always willing to help his peers.  Read more...

    Albert’s native languages are Spanish and Catalan. He has been studying English for 8 years and speaks at the intermediate level. Albert earns average grades at school where his favorite subjects are Math, History and Geography. In the future, Albert would like to attend university and study marketing or advertising. He will be placed in 12th grade in the United States.

    Albert lives with his mother, his father, and his younger brother. Both of his parents work in the business sector. Albert has no dietary restrictions and no allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingphotographyracquet sportsworking out

    Allergies: none

  • Alvaro from Spain
    • ID: 4734
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Alvaro is a 15-year-old boy from Spain who is looking forward to his sophomore year in the United States! Alvaro describes himself as extroverted, open minded, responsible, organized, and having a sense of humor. Alvaro enjoys many different hobbies, but his favorite activity is soccer. Alvaro has been playing on a competitive soccer team since he was only 5 years old. But, in the US he is also looking forward to trying football and basketball. In addition to sports, Alvaro enjoys reading (specifically, the Harry Potter series), video games, and spending time with his friends and family. Alvaro is interested in topics related to tech and he enjoys doing programming and gaming with his friends. He also enjoys biking and playing sports with his friends. Alvaro is the youngest of three siblings, he has two older sisters, and the family is very close. Alvaro has had the opportunity to experience a short term exchange program in the UK and he loved his experience; he is looking forward to improving his English even more here in the US. Teachers describe Alvaro as hardworking, outgoing, friendly and respectful.  Read more...

    Alvaro’s native languages are Spanish and Catalan. He has been studying English for 10 years and he speaks at the upper intermediate level. He has also been studying German for 1 year. Alvaro earns good grades in school where his favorite subjects are Physics, Math, and History. In the future, Alvaro would like to attend university and study engineering. Alvaro will be placed in 10th grade in the US.

    Alvaro lives with his mother and his father – his father is a business owner and his mother is a teacher. Alvaro does not have any dietary restrictions. Alvaro is allergic to cats and dust mites. He cannot be placed in a home with cats.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    readingsoccervideo games

    Allergies: Cats

  • Amelie from Germany
    • ID: 4684
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Amelie is a 15 year old girl from Germany who describes herself as friendly, creative, adventurous, and organized. She is into a lot of different sports: she loves to play tennis which she has been doing for 9 years now and she is a member of her local tennis club where they play matches against other clubs regularly. She enjoys skiing in the winter as well as surfing in the summer. Amelie also likes photography, reading and watching movies, one of her favorites is “A Star is born” because she found the story so moving. At school she is in the “school identity card club”, and the “sports helper club” which focuses on getting students to move during recess. In addition, Amelie likes to baby sit to supplement her allowance and is certified to do so. During her exchange she hopes to be able to explore team sports like field hockey and volleyball which she hopes will make it easier for her to find friends, and she would also like to sing in a choir.  Read more...

    Amelie’s native language is German, she has studied English for 4 years and Spanish for 3 years. She earns very good grades in school and her favorite subjects are English, German, Politics, Arts, and P.E. Amelie is thinking about being an interior designer in the future. Her teachers describe her as an extroverted and communicative young woman who has excellent social skills and likes to take the initiative. She is also known as a very athletic young woman, with lots of empathy for those around her.

    Amelie lives with her parents and her holder brother. Her mother is a tax consultant and her father is a civil engineer. Amelie has no known allergies and is vegetarian.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    readingskiingsurfingtennis

    Allergies: none

  • ARANTXA from Spain
    • ID: 4760
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 14
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Arantxa is a 14-year-old girl from Spain who will turn 15 in late fall. Her main interests are dancing, travel and tennis; she also likes windsurfing, and kitesurfing, though watersports are hard for her to practice since she lives far from the beach. While on exchange in the US Arantxa would like to try cheerleading, since she has a strong dance background and cheerleading is such a quintessential part of US culture. She’s also excited to participate in other traditional American activities, like going to a football game and celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween.  Read more...

    Arantxa’s native language is Spanish. She’s studied English for 11 years, and speaks at the upper intermediate level. She’s also studied French for six years. Her grades are very good and her favorite subjects are math and English. One day she’d like to study criminology and psychology. Arantxa’s teachers describe her as eager to learn and share knowledge, multi-faceted, and with having a great work ethic. They also note that she enjoys learning about other cultures and customs. Arantxa recently spent a month in North Carolina and this trip made her want to experience more of and learn more about the US. She will attend 10th grade while on exchange.

    Arantxa lives at home with her parents and older brother. She loves spending time with her family sometimes travels with them. Recently they visited Canada and New York, where Arantxa saw sea lions and was fascinated by them. Her mother is an actuary and her father is an insurance broker. She has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    dancetenniswater sports

    Allergies: none

  • Aroa from Spain
    • ID: 4723
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Aroa is a girl from Spain who will turn 15 this spring. Aroa loves to play tennis and she has been playing since she was 8 years old. Aroa also likes to surf and canoe, she mostly gets to do these activities on family vacations. Aroa knows that she can be a little shy but she considers herself a happy and curious person. Aroa is an experienced traveler and she is really excited to learn about US culture and perfect her English. She sees this exchange as an opportunity to experience a lot of new things and learn more about herself. She is excited about many different types of placements but mentioned she might be most successful at a smaller school. Her teachers note her curiosity about other cultures and respectfulness of other points of view.  Read more...

    Aroa’s native language is Spanish. She has been learning English for 9 years and French for 7 years. Aroa earns good grades and her favorite subjects are Math, PE, Gymnastics, and History. She plans to study Industrial Design. Her teachers see that she gets along well with her classmates. Aroa will attend 10th grade during her exchange.

    She lives with her mom, dad, older brother, and older sister. Her mom and dad work in administration. Aroa loves to spend time with her family and her extended family who they visit often. She does not have any dietary restrictions nor any allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    canoeingsurfingtennis

    Allergies: none

  • Azra from Germany
    • ID: 4807
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Azra is a 16-year old girl from Germany who would describe herself as creative, responsible, polite, and open-minded with a great sense of humor. She says of herself that loves to laugh and make other people laugh too. Azra sings in her school’s choir, and also participates in Spanish and Psychology Club, the debate team, and in her free time she volunteers at a hospital. Azra loves to cook and bake, she is looking forward to making Turkish dishes for her host family. She also likes sewing and occasionally makes clothes for herself and her siblings. She also likes to meet her friends, and spends a lot of time taking care of and playing with her younger siblings. During her exchange, Azra would like to explore American Football and tennis.  Read more...

    Azra’s native languages are German and Turkish. She has been studying English for 8 years and earns very good grades in school. Among her favorite subjects are English, Music, Arts, and German. In the future, Azra would like to go to university and become a child psychologist. Her teachers describe her as a self-confident and well-rounded student, who is like by everyone. She has been elected school representative, a role that she has taken on with confidence and that suits her outgoing personality.

    Azra lives with both of her parents and three younger siblings, she is very family oriented and has a very close relationship with her parents as well as her siblings. Because of that, Azra would love to be in host family that has children. Azra’s father works for Airport Security and her mother is a homemaker. Azra has a mild allergy to pollen, cats, and dogs, but she can live in a house that has pets. She is also lactose intolerant, however, she knows exactly what she can and can’t eat or drink, so she is managing her intolerance really well and does not require a special diet.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingreadingsinging

    Allergies: lactose intolerant

  • CARLA from Spain
    • ID: 4742
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Carla is a 14-year old girl from Spain who will be turning 15 before the start of her exchange. She loves music and has been taking singing lessons for 3 years. She also loves going to the beach and doing water sports, such as surfing, wind surfing, and kitesurfing. She plays on her school basketball team and recently started playing volleyball. She and her family enjoy travelling and have visited various countries in Europe as well as the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland and the United States (Miami and New York). Carla describes herself as active, cheerful, positive and social. Teachers describe her as hard-working, respectful of different points of view, eager to learn about new cultures and customs, and well-liked by classmates. Carla is interested in doing a lot of sports during her exchange and is excited to have an opportunity to make new friends.  Read more...

    Carla’s native language is Spanish. She has been studying English for 10 years and French for 4 years. She gets good grades. Her favorite subject is biology, and she would like to be a marine biologist in the future. Carla will attend 10th grade during her exchange in the US.

    Carla lives with both parents and two younger brothers, and has a very good relationship with her family. Her father is a director of mobility and her mother owns her own company. She has a dog and is willing to live with pets. She has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballsingingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Carlos from Spain
    • ID: 4785
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Carlos is a 15-year-old boy from Spain who is looking forward to his sophomore year in the United States. Carlos is very active and especially enjoys outdoor and water activities. In the summer he enjoys biking, kayaking, and windsurfing; and in the winter he enjoys skiing in the mountains with his family. In addition to spending time outside, Carlos loves playing team sports. He is very passionate about soccer and has been playing since he was young, he now serves as the team captain on his local team. Aside from sports Carlos enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, and cooking. He is excited to learn new Spanish recipes and share them with his host family next year. Carlos has had the opportunity to complete a short-term exchange program in Ireland where he improved his English skills immensely – he is looking forward to perfecting those skills here in the United States. Teachers describe Carlos as intelligent, hardworking, mature, responsible, and as having a very positive attitude.  Read more...

    Carlos’ native language is Spanish. He has been studying English for 11 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. He has also been studying German for 3 years. Carlos earns excellent grades at school where his favorite subjects are math and science. In the future Carlos would like to attend university and study something related to math or science. Carlos will be placed in 10th grade in the US.

    Carlos lives with his mother, his father, and his two younger siblings. He is very close with his immediate and extended family which includes many aunts, uncles, and cousins who he gets to visit frequently. Carlos’ parents are both engineers. Carlos has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    bicyclingcookingkayakingsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Dzhamilia from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4828
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Dzhamilia is a 15 year-old girl from Kyrgyzstan who loves animals, especially horses. She studied at a music school for 5 years, and plays the piano. She has written her own book about Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series, and also writes poems and song lyrics. She has written 32 poems so far. She also recorded a song called “Night” about 2 years ago and performed it at her school, which she says was a “really cool”. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, ice skating, swimming, singing, and gardening, and she is also a member of her school parliament. She recently became interested in business and marketing and has opened her own online store on Instagram that sells clothes for teens and children. Teachers describe Dzhamilia as a friendly, positive, creative, and kind young lady who is well respected by teachers and classmates. Dzhamilia would like to explore cheerleading and volunteering during her exchange.  Read more...

    Dzhamilia’s native language is Russian. Her English is at the upper intermediate level, and she has studied the language for 3 years. She has also studied Kyrgyz for 9 years. She gets good grades, and her favorite subjects are math, English, and Russian. In the future she would like to have her own business in sales and/or marketing.

    Dzhamilia lives with both parents, and has an older step-brother who lives on his own. Her mother works as an administrative specialist, and her father owns horses. She has a dog and a cat, and is willing to live with pets. She has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cheerleadingsingingvolunteeringwriting

    Allergies: none

  • Elizabeth from Italy
    • ID: 4770
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Elizabeth from Italy will be turning 17 this spring and would describe herself as responsible, friendly, independent, and organized with a great sense of humor. Elizabeth has been horseback riding since the age of 4 and has had her own horse for a year now, she loves taking care of him. She hopes to be able to do horseback riding while on her exchange as well as it is her favorite thing to do and makes her very happy. Apart from that, Elizabeth enjoys going to the gym and hanging out with her friends. She is also a good cook and would love to make special Italian dishes for her host family. Elizabeth would like to explore being a cheerleader while on her exchange and to learn more about photography.  Read more...

    Elizabeth’s native language is Italian, she has been studying German for 3 years and Spanish for 1 year. She earns good grades in school and among her favorite subjects are International Relations, English, and Economics. In the future, Elizabeth would like to earn a degree in accounting. Her teachers would describe her as a “sunny” person with a positive outlook on life, someone who is kind and helpful, who loves nature and her four-legged friends.

    Elizabeth’s parents are separated and she lives with her mother and younger sister most of the time. She spends every other weekend and one day a week with her father and his new family, and she loves the big family she has because of that. Elizabeth’s mother is working at an insurance agency and her father is self-employed. Elizabeth is mildly allergic to pollen, dust, and mold. She has no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    animalscookinghorse ridingvolleyball

    Allergies: I follow a healthy diet

  • Farners from Spain
    • ID: 4808
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Farners is a 15-year-old girl from Spain who is looking forward to her sophomore year of high school in the United States! Farners, who goes by Far, describes herself as friendly, flexible, studious, responsible and organized. She says she can be a bit shy at first but opens up when she knows people better and then becomes very sociable and talkative. Farners enjoys playing volleyball, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. She has been playing volleyball for many years on a local team and competes every week. In addition to sports, Farners enjoys spending time with her friends – dancing or walking around exploring their town together. Farners can also be a bit introverted and enjoys occasionally spending time alone – listening to music, watching a series, or reading. Her favorite book series is Harry Potter. Farners is also described as someone who takes on leadership responsibilities; she has served as her class representative for three years. In this role she has organized class extracurricular activities and helped her fellow classmates to be successful. Teachers describe Farners hard working, mature, polite, and cheerful.  Read more...

    Farner’s native languages are Spanish and Catalan. She has been studying English for 8 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. She has also been studying French for 2 years. Farners earns very good grades at school where her favorite subjects are Math and French. In the future, Farners would like to attend university and study Engineering. Farners will be placed in 10th grade in the US.

    Farners lives with her mother, her father and her two older brothers. She is very close with her family. Her mother and father both work as Engineers. Farners has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    dancereadingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Guillermina from Spain
    • ID: 4707
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Guillermina is a girl from Spain who will turn 15 this summer. She loves water sports like surfing and is also very involved in gymnastics. Other activities Guillermina enjoys are playing beach volleyball, riding horses, ice skating, and snowboarding. She would love to try snowboarding or surfing in the US. Guillermina knows that she can by shy at first when she meets new people but then adjusts quickly. Her family has traveled a lot and she is really excited to come to the US.  Read more...

    Guillermina’s native language is Spanish and she has been learning English for 11 years as well as French for 7 years. Her favorite subject is Biology and she earns very good grades. Guillermina’s teachers consider her to be very intelligent, capable, and positive. They also note that she is mature, eager to learn about others, and has a curiosity about many things. After high school, Guillermina wants to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology, ideally in California. Guillermina will study 10 grade while she studies in the US.

    She lives with her mom, dad, older brother, younger brother, and dog. Her mom is a pharmacist, her dad is a banker, and her older brother just finished university. Guillermina enjoys a close relationship with her family. She does not have any dietary restrictions but she is afraid of cats.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    gymnasticssurfingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Guillermo from Spain
    • ID: 4802
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Guillermo is a 16-year-old boy from Spain who is looking forward to his junior year in the United States! Guillermo describes himself as friendly, open minded, responsible, polite, and as having a good sense of humor. Guillermo is an active person who enjoys playing team sports. He has been playing soccer on a competitive team for many years. He trains throughout the week and competes on the weekends; he even serves as the team captain. In addition to soccer he enjoys playing basketball with his friends for fun on the weekends. In the US he is interested in trying new sports as well. In addition to sports, Guillermo enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends – going shopping, and spending time with family – traveling. Guillermo has had the opportunity to participate in a few English language summer camps throughout Europe and has been able to develop his English language skills, but he is looking forward to improving his English ability even more by spending a full year in the US. Teacher describe Guillermo as hardworking, mature, friendly, polite, and as having very good relationships with other students and teachers.  Read more...

    Guillermo’s native language is Spanish. He has been studying English for 10 years and speaks at the advanced level. He has also been studying French for 3 years. Guillermo earns excellent grades at school where his favorite subject is Mathematics. In the future, Guillermo would like to attend college and study Engineering. Guillermo will be placed in 11th grade in the United States.

    Guillermo lives with his mother, his father, and his younger sister. Guillermo does not have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballmusicsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Hernan from Spain
    • ID: 4736
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Hernan is a 15 year old boy from Spain who loves outdoor activities. He enjoys spending his time playing basketball, bicycling, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and doing archery. He also likes to build things and has made things with woodworking. Hernan lives in a ski town and he loves cold climates. Hernan’s parents both did an exchange to the US when they were in high school. His sister older sister was an NWSE participant in 2017-18. Hernan has seen how exchanges can create lasting connections and he wants to have a chance to do the same. Hernan’s teachers note his success in teamwork, communication, and persistence in obtaining his goals.  Read more...

    Hernan’s native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 8 years and French for 4 years. He earns very good grades and his favorite classes are biology, English, chemistry, and PE. He wants to become a Forensic Scientist. Hernan’s teachers think very highly of him and describe him as a student who is highly motivated, flexible, considerate, and responsible. They’ve observed that he is often a group leader and helps others do their best. Hernan will attend 10th grade during his exchange in the US.

    Hernan lives with his mom, dad, and older sister. They have 3 cats and hens. His mom works in advertising and his dad is a business consultant. His older brother, not living at home, attends university. Hernan gets along well with his family and extended family. He has a lot of cousins and they often have family gatherings. Hernan has a sensitivity to gluten and dairy so he limits his intake.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballskiingwoodworking

    Allergies: Gluten and Cow Milk (I tolerate small amounts)

  • Joao Luiz from Brazil
    • ID: 4788
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Fall 2020

    Joao is a 16 year old boy from Brazil who likes fishing, basketball and reading Game of Thrones. He also loves dogs! His other interests include playing video games, watching movies, and even occasionally ice-skating or play mini-golf with his dad. To participate in the community, Joao helps coach a local basketball team and also sometimes helps out at daycare centers. Joao wants come to the US to see what it’s like to be away from home and have to adapt to a new environment, and also to see what American traditions are like.  Read more...

    Joao’s native language is Portuguese. He’s studied English for 11 years, speaks at the upper intermediate/advanced level, and has also studied Spanish for four years. His favorite subjects are math and chemistry, mostly because of the way his teachers explain things. His teachers and mentors describe him as mature, intelligent, happy, into sports, and an overall sweet boy. Joao describes himself as friendly, flexible and studious. One day he would like to go to college and study economics or business. While in the US, Joao is interested in playing basketball, volleyball and baseball. He’d also like to take a few different subjects than the ones that are offered in Brazil. Last year Joao did an exchange for a month in Canada and the experience pushed him to want to do a full year in the US. He will attend grade 11 while on exchange.

    Joao lives with his parents and his dog. All of his sisters also studied in the US, and one is currently living in the US. He has a good relationship with his family, and they all get together for dinner on the weekends. His father works in business administration and his mother is a chemist. Joao is allergic to the drug dipyrone (metamizole) but has no pet allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballfishingreading

    Allergies: none

  • Jonathan from Germany
    • ID: 4787
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Jonathan from Germany will be turning 17 shortly before coming on his exchange. He would describe himself as a positive person, who is adventurous, tidy, and polite with a great sense of humor. Jonathan likes all kinds of sports, he has been playing soccer and did track, but his favorite sport right now is archery. In the winter, he and his family like to go skiing and snowboarding. He also likes to hang out with his friends and enjoys reading fantasy novels too. During his exchange, Jonathan hopes to explore volleyball, soccer and tennis some more.  Read more...

    Jonathan’s native language is German. He has been studying English for 9 years, and Spanish for 6 years. He earns average grades in school. Among his favorite subjects are Math, English, PE, and Art. In the future, Jonathan hopes to go to university. His teachers describe Jonathan as a genuine and friendly person, who is interested in sports, and who has a very outgoing attitude.

    Jonathan lives with both of his parents, and he has three older sisters who have all been exchange students as well, they live away from home already. Jonathan is very close to his family and hopes to be in a host family with kids, that likes winter sports as much as he does. Jonathan’s mother is a teacher and his father is a program manager. Jonathan has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    archeryskiingsnowboarding

    Allergies: none

  • JUAN from Spain
    • ID: 4729
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Juan is a boy from Spain who will turn 15 this spring. Juan loves to play tabletop games and card games. He particularly enjoys Magic the Gathering and Monopoly. Juan also loves to play sports. He likes to try new sports and his favorites are Paddle (a game like tennis), boxing, and soccer. Juan and his family enjoy walking around the city together, going to the mountains, and traveling. Juan is excited to come to the US because he wants to make US friends and get to know the culture. He also recognizes how crucial English fluency will be in his future career. Juan’s teachers note that he gets along well with others and has a lot of different interests.  Read more...

    Juan’s native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 10 years and French for 6 years. Juan earns good grades and his favorite class is Math. He wants to study mathematics and economics at university. Juan likes to do well in school and his teachers see that he is very dedicated. Juan will attend 10th grade during his exchange in the US.

    Juan lives with his mom, dad, older brother, and younger sister. His mom works in sales and his dad is a portfolio manager. Juan has a close relationship with his family and his family spends a lot of time with the grandparents. Juan does not have any allergies nor dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    racquet sportssoccertennis

    Allergies: none

  • Julia from Brazil
    • ID: 4822
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Julia is a 16-year-old girl from Brazil who likes reading, walking her lovely two dogs, going to the gym, and (strange for a teenager): studying! She reads a lot and studies hard, which doesn’t leave her much time for other activities, but while on exchange in the US she’d love to do some kind of volunteer work with animals, try ice skating and skiing, and possibly participate in school sports or theater. Her dream is to live in the US with a big host family and experience a white Christmas, and of course make a snowman.  Read more...

    Julia’s native language is Portuguese. She’s studied English for seven years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. She’s also studied Spanish for two years. She gets good grades at school, and her favorite subjects are math, chemistry and physics. After high school she’d like to study civil engineering. Julia describes herself as funny, a bit shy, studious, and patient with children. Teachers describe Julia as quiet, a good communicator and a good listener. She will attend grade 11 while on exchange.

    Julia lives at home in Brazil with her mom, dad and younger brother. She has a good relationship with her family. Her mom is a pharmacist and her dad a commercial director. One time they visited the US, it was Julia’s favorite trip, and she enjoyed poking fun at her parents’ English. She has a slight allergy to cats and animal fur in general but no food allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    animalsdrama/theaterreading

    Allergies: Cats

  • Julie from Switzerland
    • ID: 4821
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Julie is a 15-year-old girl from Switzerland who enjoys kickboxing, hanging out with friends, and reading books. She did gymnastics for 10 years before retiring from that to focus on other activities. Besides reading horror and romantic novels, Julie enjoys watching movies, and cooking. Additionally, she likes to get outside to hike and ski. Julie describes herself as friendly, independent, studious, responsible, nice, and positive. Her teachers say she is a great student, polite, motivated, curious, open-minded, ambitious, and adaptable.  Read more...

    Julie’s native language is French. She has been studying English for six years, German for eight years, and Spanish for one year. If you hadn’t guessed, her favorite subjects in school are languages (in addition to sports)! After graduating from high school, she would like to attend university.

    Julie lives with her parents, an older brother, and a cat. They make a point every evening to sit down to dinner together and talk about their day. In the summers, they like to go to the Alps to hike together. Last summer, they rented a camper van in the USA and traveled from one national park to the other.

    While in the USA, Julie is excited to learn more about American culture, improve her English, celebrate Thanksgiving, and watch football games. She’d like to teach her host family about Swiss culture, traditions, and food. She would be very interested in a double placement to add to the experience of interacting with another person from another country.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    Check back soon!

    Allergies: none

  • Kanon from Japan
    • ID: 4833
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Kanon is a 15-year-old girl from Japan who enjoys swimming, basketball, skiing, and all things Disney. She plays on the basketball team at school and addition to sports likes cooking, listening to music, and watching movies. Her favorite drama is “Victorious.” While on the US she would love to try a variety of new things, including dance and horseback riding. Teachers describe Kanon as an excellent student, diligent, considerate and cooperative. She describes herself as friendly, open-minded and positive.  Read more...

    Kanon’s native language is Japanese. She’s also studied English for nine years and speaks at the intermediate level. Her favorite subjects at school are English and math, where she gets above average grades. One day Kanon hopes to be an English teacher. Two years ago she participated in a one month exchange in the US, and the experience motivated her to return for a full year to improve her English and have more amazing experiences. Kanon will attend 10th grade while on exchange.

    Kanon lives at home with her mom and dad and her older brother and sister. She’s the youngest! She describes her family as trustworthy and sees her sister as a big source of inspiration, since her sister also studied abroad in the US. Kanon has traveled often with her family, visiting places like Korea, Canada and Australia. Her father works in finance and her mother is a homemaker. She has no pet allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballskiingswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Kari from Germany
    • ID: 4813
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Karin from Germany will be 15 when she comes on her exchange. She would describe herself as friendly, tidy, responsible, and adventurous. Kari loves horseback riding and has her own horse, she also has a dog and two guinea pigs. Kari has recently started cheerleading and is looking forward to trying out for cheerleading while in the U.S. In her free time, Kari likes to hang out with her friends, they like to go and watch movies and in the summer enjoy swimming. Kari also likes to bake and would love to try out new recipes with her host family. She is very interested in history as it gives her a new perspective on different cultures.  Read more...

    Kari’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 5 years, French for 4 years, and Latin for 2 years, and earns good grades in school. Among her favorite subjects are English and History. In the future, Kari would like to be a teacher. Kari’s teachers describe her as a helpful and interested student, who easily adjusts to new situations and who works well on a team.

    Kari lives with both her parents and her two younger sisters. Her mother, who is a physical therapist, does also “hippotherapy” and Kari regularly gets to help with that. Her father is self-employed as garden and landscape designer. Kari has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cheerleadinghorse ridingmovies

    Allergies: none

  • Kimiha from Japan
    • ID: 4798
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Kimiha is a girl who is 16 at the time of her exchange and is extrovert, friendly, and open-minded. She loves classical ballet. In fact, she has been practicing ballet since she was five years old. Even though she is busy at school she manages her time well to make a balance between school and ballet practice. Not only ballet but also she has a variety of interests both indoor and outdoor activities. Such as basketball, ice skating, soccer, hula, hiking, musical and calligraphy. When she comes to the U.S she would like to continue practicing classical ballet or try a different type of dance. She is eager to teach Japanese culture and prepare for Japanese desserts for her host family.  Read more...

    Kimiha’s native language is Japanese and she has studied English for four years and French for one year. Her favorite subject is Music and she earns good grades at school. Her teachers describe as an excellent communicator and competitive girl who is also a high achiever. In the future, she would like to become an athletic trainer.

    Kimiha lives with her mother and father, with whom she has a close relationship. Both her parents are office workers. She is afraid of reptiles but she is fine to live with other pets. She has no known allergies, and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    balletmusicreading

    Allergies: none

  • Lara from Germany
    • ID: 4701
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Lara is a girl from Germany who turns 15 next summer and who describes herself as friendly, creative, organized, polite and open-minded. Lara loves horseback riding and is taking ballet classes which she enjoys very much. During her exchange she would like to explore other forms of dance like hip hop for example. In her spare time she also enjoys drawing and painting as well as photography. Lara is an altar girl and a member of her local church youth group. She is also an integral part of the school physics team with which they compete in the yearly “free-style physics” contest. Lara has really come to enjoy that because it gives her a chance to meet new people.  Read more...

    Lara’s native language is German and she has been studying English for 8 years. She has also been taking Latin for 3 years. Lara earns good grades in school and hopes to become an architect. Her favorite subjects at school include Math, English, and Art. Lara’s teachers describe her as a very friendly and helpful person who is not afraid to speak up for herself. She is well liked by her peers and teachers alike.

    Lara lives with both of her parents and her older brother. The family also has two cats that Lara really likes. Her mother and her father work as civil servants, her field is finance, his field is HR. Lara would love to live in a family with a cat or dog and is looking forward to having siblings. She has no known allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    ballethorse ridingmath

    Allergies: none

  • Laura from Spain
    • ID: 4705
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Laura is a 14-year-old girl from Spain who will turn 15 this winter; she is looking forward to her sophomore year in the United States! Laura describes herself as extroverted, responsible, independent, and creative. Laura has many varied interests but the hobby she is most passionate about is inline skating. Laura competes at an advanced level and takes additional dance classes necessary for the sport. Aside from skating, Laura enjoys drawing, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends and family. She is interested in trying cheer leading here in the US! Laura has had the opportunity to participate in a short exchange program in Ireland where she was able to develop her English knowledge. She is eager to perfect her English ability while attending school in the US. Teachers describe Laura as polite, trustworthy and very hardworking. She gets along well with her classmates and displays leadership in group projects.  Read more...

    Laura’s native language is Catalan and she speaks English at the intermediate level. She has been studying English for 10 years and French for 1 year. Laura receives good grades at school and her favorite subjects are Languages and Physical Education. In the future, Laura would like to go to college and study fashion design or interior design.

    Laura lives with her parents, who are separated, and her older brother; she is close with her family and enjoys watching her brother's soccer matches, which he plays at a very competitive level. Her mother and father are both chemists. Laura has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    artfigure skatingrollerblading

    Allergies: none

  • Luis from Germany
    • ID: 4827
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Luis from Germany is a 16 year old boy who would describe himself as a happy person who is independent, flexible, organized, and serious but with a great sense of humor. Luis likes to play tennis and go swimming, he does both on a regular basis. He also has been climbing lately and enjoys that very much as it is challenging him. In the winter, he also goes skiing and snowboarding. In his free time he likes to hang out with his friends, they sometimes go bowling, or watch movies together. Luis likes to be active and is looking forward to trying out American Football, water skiing, or field hockey while on his exchange.  Read more...

    Luis’ native language is German. He has been studying English and French for 5 years, and Portuguese for one year and usually earns good grades in school. His most recent grades are not as good as his parents recently separated and that was a difficult time for him, however his teachers mention that he has been able to tackle that problem and he’s working hard to get back. Luis’ favorite subjects at school are English, PE, and Biology. Luis' teachers describe him as a popular student who is highly motivated, communicates well, and is eager to learn new things.

    Luis lives with his father, his grandparents live close by and he has a very close relationship with them. Luis’ father is a dentist. Luis has no dietary restrictions, he is allergic to penicillin, but he has no other known allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingswimmingtennis

    Allergies: none

  • Mahiro from Japan
    • ID: 4767
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Mahiro is a girl from Japan who will be 17 at the time of her exchange and is kind and cheerful. She practiced classical ballet since she was five-year-old until she relocated to a new place last year. She also likes to go swimming with her family. Her other interests include going jogging with her friends, listening to music, watching movies and professional baseball games. Recently, Mahiro's mother teaches how to cook Japanese food and Mahiro is excited about sharing some dishes with her host family in the U.S. In addition, she would like to join a cheerleading club at an American school.  Read more...

    Mahiro’s native language is Japanese. She has studied English for four years. Mahiro earns very good grades in school and her teacher describes her as self-motivated, friendly, and thoughtful. Mahiro wishes to be a flight attendant in the future. She hopes to be able to improve her English to achieve this goal.

    Mahiro lives with friends at her school dormitory. Until she was a junior high school student, she lived with her mother, father and older brother, with whom she has a close relationship. Her father and her mother both work at a car dealership. She has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions. 

    Hobbies/Activities:

    balletcookingswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Mako from Japan
    • ID: 4817
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Mako is a girl from Japan who will be 17 during summer and is cheerful, friendly, talkative, and active. She played a flute, piccolo, and trombone at junior high school brass band club. At high school, she participated in a cheerleading club for the first semester, and now she practices the Japanese calligraphy and the Japanese tea ceremony. Outside of school, she has been practicing swimming for five years. In addition, she loves talking with her friends, goes shopping, and watching movies. When she comes to the U.S, she would like to cook Japanese food and introduce Japanese cultures such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, and traditional Japanese toy called Kendama and Otedama.  Read more...

    Mako’s native language is Japanese, and she has been studying English for four years. Her teachers describe her as a very bright, positive, and hard-working. Her grade is good, and her favorite subject is English. In the future, she would like to work for a company which requires to speak English.

    Mako lives with her mother and father, with whom she has a very close relationship. Her mother works as an office worker, and her father works as a mail carrier at a local office. Mako has no know allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    fluteswimmingtrombone

    Allergies: none

  • Malia from Germany
    • ID: 4748
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Malia is a 15-year old girl from Germany who describes herself as friendly, adventurous, and creative with a great sense of humor. Malia has been doing kick boxing for several years and practices that sport twice a week after school. In her free time, she also likes to meet with friends and watch movies, and she loves reading. Among her favorite books is the Harry Potter series. Malia’s family owns a weekend house where they go regularly, they have cows, sheep and horses that she helps taking care of. She enjoys being outdoors, where she likes to take photos. During her exchange, Malia hopes to discover new sports in a U.S. High School and she would love to join a photography club to learn more about her hobby.  Read more...

    Malia’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 7 years and Spanish for 2 years and earns average grades in school. Her favorite subjects are English, Geography, History, and PE. Malia’s teachers would describe her as a thoughtful and passionate person, who is always willing to help others and knows how to express herself.

    Malia lives with both of her parents and her older sister, with whom she has a close relationship. Her mother is a consultant and her father is an IT consultant. Malia is lactose intolerant, but can eat yoghurt and cheese, and ice cream (!), so there are very few restrictions in her diet. Malia is also taking medication for Hashimoto (underactive thyroid), however her thyroid is well adjusted and she will have had her most recent yearly check-up right before coming on the exchange. Malia would love to be in a family that owns a dog.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingphotographyreading

    Allergies: Lactose intolerance

  • Manuel from Spain
    • ID: 4721
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Manuel is a boy from Spain who will turn 15 this year. Manuel loves to play basketball with his school team. He also likes to play piano and violin. If he had the chance, Manuel would like to keep practicing piano while he is here in the US. Manuel’s family loves to spend time together, they like to go see shows, concerts, and movies. His favorite movies are Forrest Gump and 8 Miles. His family also travels a lot together. Manuel went on two summer exchanges to Ireland and really enjoyed the experience. Manuel spends time with his friends and they ride their bikes around their town together. Manuel considers himself to be independent, friendly, responsible, polite, and having a sense of humor.  Read more...

    Manuel’s native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 14 years, French for 5 years, and German for 3 years. He earns good grades and his favorite subject is history. He hopes to become a music producer. He will attend 10th grade during his exchange.

    Manuel lives with his mom, dad, and younger sister. His mom is a bank manager and his dad is a telecommunications engineer. He has a close relationship with his family and they do a lot of activities together. Manuel cannot live in a home with cats as he is allergic to cat fur. Manuel has a mild allergy to pollen and dogs. He does not have any dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballmusicpiano

    Allergies: Cats’ fur

  • Marcos from Spain
    • ID: 4733
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 14
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Marcos is boy from Spain who turns 15 in early fall. Marcos loves to play soccer and he has been the Captain of his soccer team for the last 4 years. He also enjoys swimming, playing piano and guitar, and robotics. Marcos was a class representative last year and his duties were to talk to his teachers about potential classmate problems. His teachers describe him as responsible, positive, hard worker, cooperative, and respectful. Marcos is really excited about this exchange. He goes to a summer camp with his brother and he is used to spending time away from his family. He’s excited to tell his family all about the exchange upon his return and have his younger brother follow in his footsteps.  Read more...

    Marcos’ native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 6 years and French for 3 years. He earns good grades and his favorite subjects are math, technology, physics, and chemistry. He wants to be an engineer. His teachers note that he is very motivated to learn and to broaden his knowledge about new places and cultures. Marcos will attend grade 10 during his exchange.

    Marcos lives with his mom, dad, and younger brother. His mom is a hairdresser and his dad is a truck driver. Marcos has a good relationship with his family. Marcos does not have any allergies nor dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    skiingsoccerswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Maria from Spain
    • ID: 4717
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Maria is a 14-year-old girl from Spain who will turn 15 this winter, and she is looking forward to her sophomore year in the United States! Maria describes herself as independent, friendly, polite, responsible, and creative. Maria enjoys many different activities such as gymnastics, dance, and surfing. She has been competing on a gymnastics team such a young age and even competed in a Spanish championship. At the moment she has decided to take a break from competitive gymnastics though and focus on exploring new hobbies. For example, she is interested in trying cheer leading and dance in the US! Maria also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Maria’s family loves to travel, explore, and bike together. Although Maria’s parents are divorced, she gets along well with both of her parents and is the older sister to two younger brothers. Maria has had the opportunity to experience a short term exchange program in both England and Ireland; she is looking forward to improving her English even more during a full year in the US. Teachers describe Maria as a student who is dedicated, friendly and has a good sense of humor.  Read more...

    Maria’s native language is Spanish. She has been studying English for 10 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. Maria has also been studying French for 2 years. She earns average grades at school where her favorite subjects are English and Physical Education. In the future she would like to attend college and consider studying marketing. Maria will attend 10th grade during her exchange.

    Maria’s father works at a bank and her mother works in advertising. She is very close with her parents and shares time between the two of them with her brothers. Maria has not dietary restrictions and no allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    dancegymnasticsice skatingskiing

    Allergies: none

  • Matheus from Brazil
    • ID: 4751
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Matheus is a 16 year old boy from Brazil who loves playing soccer and is looking forward to making new friends in the US! In addition to soccer (which he has played since he was seven), he also enjoys playing frisbee, riding bikes, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. Matheus is interested in seeing what the education system in the US is like and how it differs from Brazil’s. He also wants to see what people do in their free time. He wonders if people in the US in their free time also like to go to the mall or the park.  Read more...

    Matheus’s native language is Portuguese. He’s studied English for 4 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. His grades are good to very good and his favorite subject are math and physics – fitting, given one day he’d like to attend college and be an engineer! Matheus’s teachers describe him as an active participant in class, supportive of others and thoughtful. They also feel confident that he is adept at overcoming new challenges and adapting to new environments. While on exchange, Matheus looks forward to trying activities like snowboarding, woodworking, and participating in volunteer work. With his host family he can share things about Brazilian culture, and also his prowess for soccer. He will attend grade 12 during his exchange.

    Matheus lives at home with his parents and his older brother. His brother also studied in the US on exchange, and Matheus says he is like a best friend. Matheus also loves visiting his grandparents, who live in a different city. Both of his parents work in the commercial sector. He has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    mathmusicsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Merle from Germany
    • ID: 4789
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Merle from Germany will be turning 15 the summer she comes on her exchange. She describes herself as independent, open-minded, responsible, and friendly with a great sense of humor. Merle loves playing the clarinet, she has been taking lessons for a while now and is also playing in a band. They give several concerts a month which Merle really enjoys. In her free time, Merle likes to hang out with her friends and go bowling or doing a BBQ. She loves baking and cooking which she does for her family on occasion, and is also quite content being alone and reading a book. Merle also enjoys different sports like ice skating, jogging, and soccer and she hopes to explore dance and gymnastics for something new on her exchange, as well as playing in a high school orchestra or band.  Read more...

    Merle’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 5 years and French for 4 years, and earns good grades in school. Her favorite subjects are English, Biology, and Social Studies. In the future, Merle would like to have a job that makes it possible for her to travel. Her teachers say that she has a warm personality, is always polite and that she has great problem-solving skills.

    Merle lives with both of her parents, a younger sister, and an older brother, with whom she has a very good relationship. Merle’s mother is a teacher and her father is a forestry scientist. Merle has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    clarinetcookingdance

    Allergies: none

  • Miras from Kazakhstan
    • ID: 4761
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Miras is a 14-year old boy from Kazakhstan who will be turning 15 before the start of his exchange. He loves sports. He plays soccer, basketball, volleyball, and table tennis, and also does judo, but his favorite sport is soccer. Miras is also musical. He likes to sing and dance, and started playing the guitar last year. He is also in the school drama club and has participated in several school performances. In his spare time he enjoys reading and playing video games. He is currently reading the Harry Potter books in English, but he really likes books about business. He and his family enjoy travelling and have visited many different countries together: the UAE, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France and Turkey. He would like to continue with soccer and drama during his exchange.  Read more...

    Miras’ native language is Kazakh. He speaks English well and has studied the language for 4 years. He has also studied Russian for 9 years. He gets good grades and his favorite subjects are English, PE, geography, and history. He is still undecided about a future career. Teachers describe Miras as an outgoing, cheerful, and likable young man who has a sense of humor and good communication skills.

    Miras lives with both parents and a younger brother, with whom he has a close relationship. He also has a dog. Both of his parents are engineers at an oil and gas company. Miras does not eat pork. He has no allergies and is able to live with any pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    drama/theaterguitarjudosoccer

    Allergies: No pork

  • Miumi from Japan
    • ID: 4776
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Miumi is a girl from Japan who will be 17 during summer and is polite and tidy. Miumi likes to watch movies and sports games especially basketball and soccer. She also likes to go shopping with her friends. She is interested in learning a different culture. In 2018, she traveled to California and stayed with her host family for ten days. Also, her family had hosted a few exchange students from abroad. This time she would like to learn daily life in the U.S and attend an American school. In addition, she plans to cook Yakisoba noodle and Okonomiyaki and introduce Japanese kimono called Yukata for her host family.  Read more...

    Her native language is Japanese, and she has been studying English for four years. Miumi’s teachers describe her as hardworking, diligent, and well-mannered. Her favorite subject is PE. In the future, she would like to become an airport ticket agent or a financial adviser.

    Miumi lives with her mother and father, with whom she has a close relationship. Her mother cooks lunch at a catering company as a part-time job, and her father is an officer at a coast guard. Miumi would be happy to live with pets. She has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingmoviesreading

    Allergies: none

  • Miyuki from Japan
    • ID: 4794
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Miyuki is a 16 years old girl who is friendly and polite. She belongs to a Japanese classic literature club at her school. At the club, she plays the Karuta card game which has been traditionally played for hundreds of years in Japan. She loves practicing the game with her teammate and participated in some competitions. Outside of the school, she likes to listen to music, eat, and cook Japanese curry rice. She is excited to join the NWSE program and experience life in the U.S. She is planning to learn some recipes from her mother in order to cook Japanese dishes for her host family. She also would like to participate in volunteer activities in the community.  Read more...

    Miyuki’s native language is Japanese and has studied English for six years. Her favorite subject is English and she earns good grades at school. Her teachers describe her as an honest, well-mannered, diligent girl who is liked by her peers and is willing to help others when it’s necessary.

    Miyuki lives her mother, father, and older brother, with whom she has a close relationship. Her mother is a homemaker and her father works at an asset management company. Miyuki would be happy to live with pets. She has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions. Miyuki was born in the U.S and moved to Japan when she was small. She holds both U.S and Japanese passports.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingmoviespiano

    Allergies: none

  • Mizuho from Japan
    • ID: 4792
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Mizuho is a girl from Japan who will be 16 at the time of exchange who is extrovert, polite, and responsible. When she was a junior high school student, she was a member of an art club where she enjoyed to draw. Also, she was elected as a president of her school council where she learned how to work as a team and lead other members of the council. At high school, she enjoys to play handball with her teammate every day after school. Outside of school, she likes to go shopping with her friends, watching movies, and listening to music. She is excited to introduce the Japanese culture and learn the American culture.  Read more...

    Mizuho’s native language is Japanese and she has studied English for nine years. Her favorite subject is Social Studies and she earns good grades. Mizuho’s teachers describe her as an enthusiastic, considerate, and humble girl who is also hard-working and has good leadership skills. In the future, she would like to become a trader.

    Mizuho lives with her mother, father, younger sister, and grandparents, with whom she has a close relationship. Her father owns his business and her mother is a manager at a company. She has no knows allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    drawinghandballstudent govt

    Allergies: none

  • Moritz from Germany
    • ID: 4778
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Moritz from Germany will be 15 when he comes on his exchange this summer. He would describe himself as organized, helpful, flexible, friendly, and responsible. Moritz has been playing soccer for 10 years and plays on a local team. His other hobbies include dancing (Classic and Latin dances), and longboarding. In the winter he enjoys snowboarding. Moritz is a babysitter for the smaller kids in his church parish. He also coaches a soccer little league team. Apart from that, Moritz enjoys reading, playing board games and watching movies. During his exchange, Moritz would love to do some sightseeing and go to basketball and football games.  Read more...

    Moritz’ native language is German. He has been studying English for 4 years and French for 3 years. He earns good grades in school. Among his favorite subjects are PE, English, and History. In the future, Moritz would to be a Media Designer. Moritz’ teachers describe him as a kind, open-minded, and very motivated student who communicates well.

    Moritz lives with both of his parents, his older brother, and their cat. He has a very close relationship with his family. His mother is a kindergarten teacher and his father is a civil engineer. Moritz has no dietary restrictions and no known allergies.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    dancesnowboardingsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Mykyta from Ukraine
    • ID: 4791
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 9
    • Academic Year 2020

    Mykyta (pronounced “Nikita”) is a 14-year old boy from Ukraine who will be turning 15 before the start of his exchange. He describes himself as “a very sporty guy” and loves all kinds of sports. At the moment, his favorite sport is trampolining, which he does 2 hours a day, twice a week. He also enjoys soccer, snowboarding, kiteboarding, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, and bowling. In his spare time he likes working out at the gym, going to the movies with friends, and watching videos on YouTube. He is a big fan of junk food. He helps around the house by keeping his room clean, helping his mom with the dishes, doing laundry and feeding the dog. He and his family love to travel and have visited Egypt, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, England, Germany and Italy. He is interested in swimming and doing other sports during his exchange. Teachers describe Mykyta as a friendly and hardworking young man who has a good sense of humor and gets along well with his peers.  Read more...

    Mykyta’s native language is Russian, and he has been learning English for 7 years. He has also studied Ukrainian (10 years) and German (2 years). He gets very good grades, and his favorite subjects are PE, history, and English. In the future he would like to eventually be an event organizer and own his own company, but before that he would like to become a trampoline instructor for kids.

    Mykyta’s parents are divorced, and he lives with his mother. He also has a younger brother. Mykyta is very close with both of his parents even though they are divorced. His mother is the owner of a translation bureau and his father is a company director. Mykyta has a dog and a cat and is willing to live with pets. He has no allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    soccerswimmingtrampolin

    Allergies: none

  • Nagomi from Japan
    • ID: 4826
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Nagomi is a 17 years old girl from Japan who is outgoing and cheerful. She belongs to a badminton club at her school and practices very hard with her teammates. Outside of school, she takes the piano lesson and modern ballet class. She loves being active. In fact, she has been practicing ballet since she was six years old. Last summer, she traveled to Washington State and stayed with her host family. Through the experience, she realized how much she enjoys learning about different cultures. When she comes to the U.S, she would like to cook Japanese dishes for her host family. In addition, she would like to try different sports such as tennis, skating, and kayaking.  Read more...

    Nagomi’s native language is Japanese and she has studied English for nine years. Her favorite subject is English. Her teachers describe her as an enthusiastic, cheerful, positive girl who is a role model for other students and like by her peers. In the future, she would like to become a nurse or a flight attendant.

    Nagomi lives with her mother, father, and two younger brothers, with whom she has a close relationship. Her mother is a midwife and her father is a pediatrician. Nagomi does not have any allergies nor dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    badmintonballetmusic

    Allergies: none

  • Nicolas from Spain
    • ID: 4728
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Nicolas is a boy from Spain who will turn 15 this summer. He loves soccer and he has been playing on the same club since he was 5 years old. Nicolas also enjoys riding his bike, skiing, swimming, and boxing. Nicolas considers himself to be a happy person who is flexible and independent. Each summer, Nicolas spends a few months away from his parents and living with his grandparents. He is excited to go on this exchange because he is looking forward to living with an American host family and becoming more self-confident. Nicolas’ teachers describe him as hardworking and driven.  Read more...

    Nicolas’s native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 7 years and French for 3 years. Nicolas earns good grades and his favorite classes are Math, English, and PE. He wants to study architecture. His teachers see that he shows a great interest in his studies. Nicolas will study 10th grade during his exchange in the US.

    Nicolas lives with his mom, dad, younger sister, dog. His mom is a financial director and his dad is a teacher. Nicolas is really close with this family. Nicolas does not have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    skiingsoccerswimming

    Allergies: none

  • Nicolas from Spain
    • ID: 4735
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Nicolas is a boy from Spain who will turn 15 this summer. Nicolas enjoys playing sports, he belongs to his school’s athletic club and he especially likes to play basketball. He and his friends like to ride bikes together, play strategic games, and read. Nicolas is very interested in programming, he is mostly self-taught. He loves video games and he has started programming his own video game. Nicolas is very excited to come to the US because he wants to learn all about US customs, meet new people, and improve his English. Nicolas’ teachers describe him as responsible, polite, and hardworking.  Read more...

    Nicolas’ native language is Spanish. He has been learning English for 11 years and French for 5 years. Nicolas earns excellent grades and his favorite classes are math, physics, and chemistry. He plans to go to a technical university and become an engineer. Nicolas’ teachers see how he takes work very seriously and is a high achiever. He is a class representative at school. Nicolas will attend 10th grade during his exchange in the US.

    Nicolas’ family consists of his mom, dad, older sister, older brother, and twin younger siblings. Nicolas’ parents are divorced and he primarily lives at his mom’s home. Nicolas feels close with everyone in his family. Nicolas’ mom and dad are both psychologists and his older sister is studying at university. Nicolas does not have any allergies nor dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballmathvideo games

    Allergies: none

  • Paula from Spain
    • ID: 4716
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Paula is girl from Spain who will turn 15 this summer. She loves to play sports. Her favorite sport is Paddle, a game similar to Tennis. She is looking forward to trying a new sport while she’s here in the US. Paula also is an animal lover and she has a pet rabbit. Paula notes that she can be a little shy at first but then is cheerful and responsible. Her teachers describe her as dedicated, gifted, generous and nice. She often is a team leader on group projects in class.  Read more...

    Paula’s native language is Spanish. She has been learning English for 9 years and French for 3 years. Paula earns good grades and her favorite subjects are Biology and PE. She wants to become a Chemical Environmental Engineer. Paula’s teachers note that she has a positive and hardworking attitude in class. Paula will attend 10th grade while she’s on her exchange in the US.

    Paula lives with her mom, dad, and pet rabbit. She has a close relationship with her parents and she would love the opportunity to have a host sibling near her age while she’s in the US. Her mom is a property manager and her dad is a sales manager. Paula has a mild allergy to grass and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    biologymoviesracquet sports

    Allergies: none

  • Paula from Germany
    • ID: 4829
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Paula from Germany will be 15 when she comes on her exchange. She would describe herself as friendly, creative, organized, open-minded, and ambitious. Paula has been playing tennis for several years now, she also likes to go jogging every now and then. She has just started to learn to play the piano, and likes music in general. In her free time, Paula likes to spend time with her friends and also with her grandparents. If she isn’t too busy with her homework, she likes to read, watch movies and she also enjoys to cook. Paula is a member of a school club that helps mediate conflicts among students, but also reaches out to younger students for playing games. During her exchange, Paula would love to explore some new-to-her school clubs like photography, school paper, or cooking for example, she’s also interested in trying out surfing.  Read more...

    Paula’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 6 years and Latin for 4 years and earns very good grade in school. Among her favorite subjects are history and art. In the future, Paula would like to study to be a psychologist. Paula’s teachers describe her as considerate and supportive, which is reflected by her role as a school “buddy” for new students, as well as hard working, intelligent, and reliable.

    Paula lives with both of her parents and her younger sister, with whom she has a very close relationship. She would love to be in a host family that has children. Her mother is an elementary school teacher and her father is a senior key account manager. Paula has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    pianoreadingtennis

    Allergies: none

  • Renan from Brazil
    • ID: 4765
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 17
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Renan is a 17-year-old boy from Brazil who has a wide variety of interests – everything from video games to body-building to tennis. In his spare time he also likes going to the movies and cooking (he knows how to make hamburgers and some desserts). To help out in his community, Renan does cleaning duty at his local church. While on exchange in the US he would like to participate in school sports, clubs, and have new experiences in general. He looks forward to improving his English skills and engaging in cultural activities.  Read more...

    Renan’s native language is Portuguese and he’s been studying English for eight years. His favorite subjects in school are math, geography, PE and biology, and one day he might like to pursue a career in culinary arts. Renan’s teachers describe him as polite, funny and concerned for the well-being of others. They also say he is generous, honest and always willing to try his best. Renan has average to good grades and speaks English at an intermediate level. He will attend 12th grade while on exchange in the US.

    Renan is an only child and has a close relationship with his parents and extended family. His father has a printing business and his mother is an English teacher. They have five fish at home, and also a Newfoundland! He and his family like having barbecues together, going to the beach and visiting his grandpa’s farm. Renan has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingmoviesworking out

    Allergies: none

  • Rina from Japan
    • ID: 4784
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 18
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Rina is a girl from Japan who will be 18 at the time of his exchange and is friendly, independent, and responsible. Rina loves to sing and is a member of a school choir club where she leads other members of the club. She used to be a member of a basketball club when she was an elementary and junior high school student. Not only basketball but also she likes to play volleyball, badminton, tennis, and table tennis. When she has spare time, she likes to cook Japanese traditional food, play the piano, read books, and watch TV. She is eager to share Japanese dishes with her host family. In addition, she would like to participate in volunteer activities to help other people and the community.  Read more...

    Rina’s native language is Japanese and she has studied English for eleven years. Her favorite subjects are English and World History. Her teacher describes her as an honest, kind, generous girl who is also hard-working and highly motivated to learn English. In the future, she would like to work for people who need help in not only Japan but also all over the world.

    Rina lives with her father and older sister, with whom she has a close relationship. Her father works as an office worker. She is afraid of alligators, snakes, and spiders but she is fine to live with other pets. She has no known allergies, and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    basketballchoircooking

    Allergies: none

  • Sabina from Kyrgyzstan
    • ID: 4835
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Sabina is a 15-year old girl from Kyrgyzstan who enjoys many different activities. She attended a music school and specialized in piano and has been singing since she was a child. She also plays the komuz, a traditional Kyrgyz instrument. She has been in a professional folk dancing group for 10 years and has performed in many dance festivals. During a festival in Turkey, she lived with a host family for 2 weeks, and says it was an unbelievable experience for her. In addition to being musical, she also likes sports, such as skiing, cycling, skating, and running. She enjoys organizing events, and is on the organizing committee at her school. In her free time she likes listening to music (especially pop, K-pop, and hip-hop), watching movies, gardening, and trying out different types of make-up. She and her family enjoy playing board games together, and they also love nature. They go skiing in the winter and swimming at the lake in the summer. Sabina would like to explore playing the guitar, cheerleading, vocal performance, and volunteering during her exchange. Teachers describe Sabina as a friendly, diligent, and responsible young lady who is well-respected by both classmates and teachers.  Read more...

    Sabina’s native language is Kyrgyz. She speaks English well and has studied the language for 3 years, including private classes. She has also studied Russian (10 years) and French (2 years). She gets good grades, and her favorite subjects are English, geography, and math. She does not know yet what job she would like in the future, but may want to start her own business.

    Sabina lives with both parents and a younger sister. She also has an older sister who lives on her own. Her father is the deputy director of a company and her mother is an HR manager. She has no allergies or dietary restrictions and is able to live with pets.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cheerleadingdancepianosingingvolunteering

    Allergies: none

  • Sarah from Germany
    • ID: 4832
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Sarah is a 16-year old girl from Germany who loves playing soccer, she has been playing for 8 years, which is half of her life! She also does freestyle soccer, which is creatively juggling a soccer ball and doing tricks with it, and likes karate and playing tennis. Sarah describes herself as an active person who is independent, creative, adventurous, and ambitious. Apart from sports, Sarah plays the guitar, she’s taking lessons for classic guitar and also likes to be creative with drawing, painting and making short videos. She is a member of her church youth group and the social media work group at school. She also helps younger students with their homework. While on her exchange, Sarah would love to keep playing soccer, but she’s also interested in trying out something new that she has never done before.  Read more...

    Sarah’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 6 years, and Latin for 5 years and earns excellent grades at school. Among her favorite subjects are German, PE, and Art. In the future, Sarah would like to be a journalist or a graphic designer. Her teachers would describe her as hard-working student who is mature and polite, and has great communication skills.

    Sarah lives with both of her parents and her younger brother. Both of her parents work in computer science. Sarah has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    drawingguitarsoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Satori from Japan
    • ID: 4810
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 18
    • Grade: 12
    • Academic Year 2020

    Satori is a girl from Japan who will be 18 at the time of her exchange. She describes herself as friendly, open-minded, responsible, polite, and adventurous. Satori likes to be active and involved in sports. She has been playing basketball since elementary school and currently plays forward on her school’s basketball team. Satori also enjoys playing volleyball and running as forms of exercise. Additional hobbies include reading novels, calligraphy, cooking, and listening to music. When she comes to the U.S. she would like to join a volleyball or basketball team. Satori is eager to learn about American culture and improve her English, as well as teach her American friends and host family about Japanese culture and cuisine.  Read more...

    Satori’s teachers describe her as kind, friendly, diligent, driven, adaptable, a good communicator, and respected by her peers. She receives very good grades in school. Her favorite subjects are Japanese and PE. One day, Satori hopes to follow a career as an Immigration Officer!

    Satori lives with her parents, a younger sister, an older sister, an older brother, and a dog. She has a really good relationship with her family with whom she shares a love of basketball. In fact, all of Satori’s siblings play basketball. Both of her parents are teachers. Satori has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    Check back soon!

    Allergies: none

  • Sena from Japan
    • ID: 4820
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Sena is a girl from Japan who is 16 years old. She describes herself as friendly, polite, independent and responsible. She has been playing volleyball since she was an elementary school student. Her other hobbies include playing a musical instrument called Sanshin, playing the piano, playing baseball with her family, reading books such as mystery and philosophy, watching movies and dramas. She especially likes to watch Disney movies. When she comes to the U.S she would like to learn American culture and history. She is eager to share the Japanese culture and cook Japanese dishes for her host family.  Read more...

    Sena’s native language is Japanese and she has been studying English for four years. She earns excellent grades at school and her favorite subject is World History. Her teacher describes her as a kind, honest, sociable, open-minded girl who is also respectful to others. In the future, she would like to become an airport customs officer.

    Sena lives with her mother, father, younger brother, and younger sister, with whom she has a close relationship. Her mother is an office coordinator at a local company and her father is a firefighter. Sena has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    instrumentspianovolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Simon John from Spain
    • ID: 4737
    • Gender: M
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Simon John is a 15-year-old boy from Spain who enjoys soccer, martial arts, and skateboarding. He’s been practicing Hapkido martial arts for eight years and is the manager of his martial arts club. He currently has a brown belt and will be trying for his black belt this year. Other sports that he enjoys include biking with friends, frisbee, and basketball. He also has a range of hobbies which include piano, chess, programming, watching action movies, reading, playing video games, and listening to music. While in the USA, Simon John would be interested in playing football, baseball, and learning how to surf. He is also happy for the opportunity to learn about American culture and school systems, as well as to improve his English. Simon John would describe himself as independent, extroverted, open-minded, studious, loving, kind, and having a good sense of humor. He is highly regarded by his teachers and has the admiration of his peers. His teachers describe him as bright, mature, dedicated, highly motivated, responsible, determined, a great communicator, and a leader.  Read more...

    Simon John’s native language is Spanish. He has studied English for nine years and French for seven years. Simon John receives very good grades in school. Not only does he excel in the classroom but, he is also a leader amongst his peers. He was elected as a student body representative at school. Simon John’s favorite classes are math, physics, and chemistry. One day, he hopes to have a career in aeronautical engineering! Simon John will attend grade 10 during his exchange in the US.

    Simon John lives with his dad, stepmom, and little sister with whom he has a great relationship. He loves his younger sister! Together, the family makes bi-weekly visits to the grandparent’s house. He and his dad share a love of jamming to rock music. Simon John does not have any allergies nor dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    martial artssoccer

    Allergies: none

  • Sofia from Spain
    • ID: 4720
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Sofia is a 14-year-old girl from Spain who will turn 15 this spring and she is looking forward to her sophomore year in the United States! Sofia describes herself as independent, friendly, responsible, organized, and polite. Sofia is an active girl who stays busy playing volleyball and Padel (a sport similar to tennis, popular in Spain). She is very dedicated to volleyball and she even serves as the team captain; she is hopeful to continue playing the sport in the US as well. In addition to sports, Sofia enjoys reading, watching TV series, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. When Sofia is with her friends they go shopping, to the movies, or explore their city. Sofia has also had the opportunity to travel with her family and has visited England, France, and Greece. She is looking forward to her adventure in the US next! Teachers describe Sofia as hardworking, respectful, mature, and curious about other people and cultures. She is a student who is always helping others.  Read more...

    Sofia’s native language is Spanish. She has also studied English for 12 years and French for 6 years. Sofia speaks English at the upper-intermediate level. She earns very good grades in school where her favorite subjects are Biology and Physical Education. In the future she plans to attend college and may consider a degree in Business Administration. She will be placed in 10th grade in the United States.

    Although Sofia’s parents are divorced, she is very close with both her mother and her father and she currently lives with her mother. Both of her parents work in the business sector. Sofia has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    racquet sportsreadingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Sofia from Germany
    • ID: 4766
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Sofia from Germany will be turning 16 right when she comes on her exchange. She describes herself as independent, polite, studious, friendly, and responsible. Sofia plays volleyball in a club and on her school team, but her secret love is hip hop dancing. She used to dance a lot, but not so much any more as school takes up a lot of her time. Sofia also loves reading and spending time outside where she can take photos, which is one of her other hobbies. She’s also a group leader in her church youth group. Apart from that Sofia likes to hang out with her friends and help out with cooking. While on her exchange, Sofia would like to play volleyball on a high school and team and join the debate team too.  Read more...

    Sofia was born in Germany, but her parents are from Columbia, because of that she has two native languages: German and Spanish. Sofia has also been studying English for 9 years, Latin for 4 years, and French for 2 years. Incidentally, language classes are her favorite subjects at school. Sofia earns good grades in school and would like go to law school in the future. Her teachers describe her as a thoughtful, reflective, and ambitious student who is mature beyond her age.

    Sofia’s parents are divorced and she lives with her mother. However, she sees her father on a regular basis and loves traveling with him. Sofia’s mother is a social worker and her father is a production manager. Sofia is allergic to dust mites and will bring her own special bed linens because of that. She has no other known allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    debatereadingvolleyball

    Allergies: none

  • Suvi from Germany
    • ID: 4793
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Suvi from Germany will be 15 when she arrives for her exchange. She was born in Evanston, IL in the U.S. when her parents worked there for a few years and because of that she holds U.S. as well as German citizenship. When Suvi was 4, her family moved back to Germany and now Suvi is looking forward to getting back to her country of birth for an exchange. Suvi would describe herself as adventurous, polite, responsible, and open-minded. She loves to sing and is a member of the State Opera Children’s Choir, she also plays the guitar (classic). Apart from that she does tumbling and in the winter, she loves snowboarding. She also does some babysitting for neighbors and loves to travel and explore new countries and cultures. During her exchange Suvi hopes to explore surfing or sailing.  Read more...

    Suvi’s native language is German. She has been studying English for 5 years, and French for 3 years. She earns good grades in school and among her favorite subjects area English, PE, and Biology. Suvi’s teachers describe her as a very talented, socially competent student with lots of enthusiasm. They say she has a caring and compassionate personality, and a sense of adventure.

    Suvi lives with both of her parents and her older sister. Her mother is a physician and her father is Director of Innovation. Suvi has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    choirgymnasticssnowboarding

    Allergies: none

  • Thea Elisa from Germany
    • ID: 4683
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Thea from Germany will be 15 years old when she comes on her exchange. She describes herself as independent, friendly, and creative with a great sense of humor. Thea loves horseback riding and very much enjoys skiing, she plays the violin, taking classes and practicing regularly. Once a month Thea helps out as an altar girl at church and she also attends a church youth group. In addition, Thea participates in her school’s paramedic group. Thea likes to hang out with her friends, going to the movies, or read in her spare time. During her exchange, Thea would like to keep playing the violin and she hopes to be able to keep up her weekly horseback riding as well.  Read more...

    Thea’s native language is German, she has studied English for 9 years and Latin for 3 years. She earns very good grades in school and her favorite subjects are English, math and P.E. Thea’s future plan is to become an elementary teacher. Her teachers describe Thea as a diligent, motivated, and open-mined person, who is very much committed to environmental protection and has been participating in the “Fridays for Future” movement.

    Thea lives with her parents and her older sister, who has also been an exchange student with NWSE. Her mother is a teacher and her father is a lawyer. Thea has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    horse ridingskiingviolin

    Allergies: none

  • Victoria from Germany
    • ID: 4722
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 15
    • Grade: 10
    • Fall 2020

    Victoria is from Germany and will be 15 years old at the beginning of the exchange. She describes herself as friendly, extrovert, open-minded, and responsible, with a sense of humor. She is a very positive girl who dances in a hip-hop group, and plays the piano. Apart from that Victoria also enjoys inline skating, skiing, swimming, watching movies, and baking. She is a tutor at her school who helps younger students to get orientated and organizes activities. During her exchange she hopes to be able to join the dance club in her high school or even try out for cheer leading.  Read more...

    Victoria’s native language is German. She has studied English for 5 years, French for 4 years, and Spanish for 2 years. She earns good to average grades in school and her favorite subjects are French, Biology, and Music. Victoria would like to become a teacher in the future. Victoria’s teachers describe her as an open-minded, friendly, polite, and highly motivated student who is equally appreciated by her peers and teachers.

    Victoria lives with both of her parents and her younger brother. Her mother is a journalist and her father is a tour guide. She has no known allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    cookingdancepiano

    Allergies: none

  • Yira from Spain
    • ID: 4790
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 11
    • Academic Year 2020

    Yira is a 16-year-old girl from Spain who is looking forward to her junior year in the United States! Yira describes herself as independent, open minded, polite, studious, and responsible. Yira enjoys a variety of activities such as gymnastics, working out, writing, listening to music, and spending time with her family. Yira has done gymnastics on a local team until recently and she would like to try cheerleading during her exchange program. Yira also enjoys spending time with her family which includes her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother; she has a deep and caring relationship with her family. Yira loves to help people and she often takes on leadership responsibilities, she has even served as class representative at her high school. Teachers describe Yira as outgoing, intelligent, and mature.  Read more...

    Yira’s native language is Spanish. She has been studying English for 10 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. She has also studied German for 3 years and Catalan for 15 years. Yira earns good grades at school where her favorite subjects are History, Social Studies, Biology and Chemistry. In the future Yira would like to become a high school teacher. Yira will be placed in 11th grade in the United States.

    Yira lives with her mother and her grandmother. Yira’s mother works in administration. Yira has no dietary restrictions but Yira does have an allergy to cats and cannot be placed in a home with cats.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    gymnasticsmusicworking outwriting

    Allergies: I have cat allergy.

  • Yui from Japan
    • ID: 4809
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Yui is a girl from Japan who will be 16 at the time of her exchange. She describes herself as friendly, polite, tidy, creative and as having a good sense of humor. Yui enjoys many activities related to art, including drawing, painting, and music. She loves singing and is currently involved in the high school choir. She has enjoyed singing since she was young and now she loves singing in a group, being part of a team, and making friends through choir club. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music or watching movies. She enjoys watching Japanese movies, Disney movies, and even horror movies; but she says she doesn’t like to watch those alone! Yui has had the opportunity to develop her English speaking skills due to time she has spent in the US when she was younger, but she is eager to perfect her English ability even more during her year as an exchange student. She is also interested in joining Choir and Art clubs at her American high school.  Read more...

    Teachers describe Yui as a positive person who is very considerate of others and is a good communicator. Yui’s native language is Japanese. She has been studying English for 13 years and speaks at the upper intermediate level. Yui earns good grades at school and her favorite subjects are Art and Mathematics. In the future, Yui would like to become a flight attendant so she can travel the world and continue to learn about other cultures.

    Yui lives with her mother and her older sister; her father works in a different city but she is still able to see him frequently. She is very close with all of her family members. Her mother is a stay at home mom and her father works at a travel agency. Yui has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    artchoirmusic

    Allergies: none

  • Yura from S Korea
    • ID: 4831
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 16
    • Grade: 10
    • Academic Year 2020

    Yura is a 16-year-old girl from Korea who likes to sing while she washes the dishes and describes herself as outgoing and energetic. Other activities she likes include movies (but not horror!), yoga, traveling, and listening to music (her favorite genre is K-pop). At school Yura is a member of the student council, and while in the US she would like to participate in some kind of activity aimed at helping others. Yura describes herself as extroverted, polite and independent. Teachers describe her as a cheerful, independent, and hard-working girl who also has good communication skills and problem-solving skills.  Read more...

    Yura’s native language is Korean. She’s studied English for seven years and Chinese for four, since she attends school in China. Her favorite subject is English and one day she’d like to be a lawyer, for which she says good English is essential. She thinks she will be an adept study abroad participant, since she has studied abroad in China for the last four years. Her grades are good and she speaks English at the upper intermediate level. She will attend grade 10 while on exchange.

    Yura lives at home with her dad and stepmother while she is in Korean. When she is in a school in China, she lives at a school dorm. Her dad is a good cook and her stepmom funny, and she loves spending time with them. Her father works at a law firm. Yura has no allergies and no dietary restrictions.

    Hobbies/Activities:

    moviesreadingstudent govt

    Allergies: none