Name: Daan
Program: 24/25 FS
Country: Netherlands
Gender: Boy
Age: 16
Years of English: 5
Last Grade: 11
Religion: None - Attends: For Religious Holidays
Interests: Weightlifting
About:

Hi, I'm Daan! I'm a boy who comes from a small village 5 minutes from the beach. I like to hang out with friends and play some soccer or football. And during the summer holidays I like to hang out on the beach, go swimming, play some beach football, watch the sunset and go home. I also love riding around on motorized vehicles and experiencing new things.

Student Letter:

Dear host parents,

 

I am a motivated and sporty Dutch guy who looks forward to spend an semester with you in the United States. My name is Daan and I am 16 years old. I am excited to go to your country and I look forward to trying new things such as new culture, new food and to experience the American high school, and of course to improve my English.

 

I live in a small village just 5 minutes from the beach, in the south-west of the Netherlands. I live here with my mother and father and my little brother Ben. My mom is 50, my dad is 44 and my little brother is just 14. There is also a big forest here were I like to go for a walk. In the summer I like To go swimming with friends and play beach football and afterwards watch the sunset. In the weekends and holidays, I work in a snackbar where I make the fries or hamburgers, what I like to do. I like to play and watch sport especially football or formula one, and also to play that type of games online with friends.

 

I am in the 11th grade of high school in the Netherlands. I cycle every day 7 miles to school with friends and after school 7 miles back (and yeah that is quite heavy especially with rain and storm). My school is in the middle of a city and has around 1400 students. My favorite subjects are Physics because it’s quite simple and History, that’s why I would love to learn more about the American history. In the Netherlands it’s normal that you learn other languages rather than only just Dutch. that’s why I can understand, write and speak English, but that’s also a reason why I want to do an exchange year to improve my Speaking skills. My favorite Dutch food is a cookie called “stroopwafel” it is basically just two pieces of dough with syrup between it. I am very curious about your local dishes!!

 

Football/soccer is the sport I play here a lot. I am part of the local soccer team since I was only 5 years old. We have practice twice a week and than play a match every Saturday. Besides soccer I also like to go to the gym and release all my energy by pushing and pulling plates. I have also played tennis for a few years. And I also like to go skiing but the last time I did that, I was 10 years old.

 

 

I would like to experience a lot of new things when I’m in the U.S. like how you celebrate your holidays and of course to meet you my host family. Also, I am excited to make new friends and doing things together. And of course, I am curious of how high school is and works. I am very curious to meet you, and to take part of your family. I hope that we have a great semester together and that we can learn a lot of things from each other and of course have a lot of fun!!

 

These experiences and memories will be with me forever.

 

Dear greetings,

 

Daan

Name: Leandra
Program: 24/25 FS
Country: Germany
Gender: Girl
Age: 15
Years of English: 6
Last Grade: 10
Religion: Catholic - Attends: Monthly
Interests: Family Activities, Sewing, Painting / Drawing
About:

Hi! My name is Leandra. My family includes five people, my younger brother, my older sister, my mom, my dad and me. I also have one cat and three rabbits. My hobbies are meeting my friends and e.g. going to the cinema with them, sewing and shopping. I also like spending time with my family and my pets. I love trying out new things like new food or activities.

Student Letter:

Dear future host family,

Before i start to introduce myself to you I wanted to thank you for reading my letter and considering me as your exchange student. Of course I don't know you yet but I'm already really excited to get to know you. In the following writing I'm going to tell you something about me and my family, my hobbies and why i chose the USA.

My name is Leandra and currently 15 years old. I live in germany in a small village in bavaria. I live with my family, which includes my mom, my dad, my older sister and my younger brother. I love animals, we also have four pets- three rabbits and one cat. My chores in the household are normal things like setting the table, cleaning my room or feeding the pets.

Here in Germany I'm going in 10th grade in a gymnasium but in the US then I will be in 11th grade. My favourite subjects are englisch and art. I'm looking forward to choosing classes for the US because I think there are so much different ones and more options to choose from than where I live. I would really love to join a cheerleading or dance team because I used to dance in a team for 7 years.

Now I come to my hobbies which are meeting my friends, sewing and going shopping. On the weekends I often do activities or trips with my family. I also often visit my grandparents. What i also love is travelling to new places e.g. last year I went to London with my best friend. On a typical day in the week I go to school in the morning and when I get home in the afternoon I do my homework, study for school or meet my friends. For example in the summer I like going swimming with my friend in a near lake.

I the US I would like to try out a new sport which I've never done before because I think i'ts really interesting and fun to try out something new.

I think its also really interesting to experience typical celebrations like halloween or homecoming. If its possible it would be fun to do some trips on the weekends and see some other parts of America. It would also be fun to learn a new language. Right now I'm speaking english, french and german.

I would love to show you some aspects of the german culture and cook some meals for you. If you like I can also show you some of the german language. I am very thankful for this opportunity and I am already really excited ! I can learn someting about your culture, improve my English and meet some new friends for a lifetime. I'm really looking forward to meet you!

Kind regards ,

Leandra

Name: Milla
Program: 24/25 FS
Country: Germany
Gender: Girl
Age: 15
Years of English: 7
Last Grade: 10
Religion: Christian - Attends: For Religious Holidays
Interests: Skiing or Snowboarding
About:

Hi, I'm Milla! I am an honest person who can commit quickly. This makes me very open to new people. My positive nature makes me special, because I see the positive in every situation and always make the best of everything. Even in difficult moments, I can smile and motivate the people around me I can put myself well in other people and am respectful to my fellow human beings. I am also very confident and organised.

Student Letter:

Dear Homestay Family

Hello, my name is Milla. I am a 15 years old girl (turning 16 in 2024) and at the moment I`m in grade 10 in my school.

I was born in Germany and lived here my whole life. My native language is German. I had english in school since grade three. But I still think my English could use some improvement though.

My Dad is police officer and My Mom works for TUI-fly. Thats an airline in germany. I also have a little sister, we're like best friends. I think I would miss her the most. We dont have pets yet, because we don't have enought time to take care of a pet propably. But we all wish to have a dog in the future. We all like to travel. We saw places in Italy, we went to Spain a few times and to Greece and we are also about to visit Greece again next year. As well we go skiing every year, because we all love skiing.

I am playing soccer since three years, and singing in a choir since I am seven years old, its a musical choir, So a mixture of theatre and singing. This is just right for me, as I also like to play acting. I'm a teamplayer, and my teammates mean everything to me. In my freetime I also often meeting friends, or spend time with my family.

I`d like to play field hockey in the USA. I was playing field hockey for five years, and I still would like to start again. I would also like to visit nice places in your region with beautiful nature or sights. I am also keen on getting to know family life in a different culture.

I think I’m the right one for a year abroad, because I’m very curious and like to get to know new things. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know the country. From the year abroad, I hope to become more independent and gain a lot of new experiences.

How about you: How do you live? What does an average day in your live look like? How is your family structure? Do you have pets? Do you play any kind of sport?

I`m very exited about the possibility of coming to the USA for 5 Months. You will find me as an interested person happy to become part of your every day life but independant enough not to be a burden.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and excited to meeting you soon.

Milla

Name: Franziska
Program: 24/25 FS
Country: Germany
Gender: Girl
Age: 15
Years of English: 6
Last Grade: 10
Religion: Catholic - Attends: Never
Interests: Band or Orchestra, Choir or Singing
About:

Hi, I'm Franziska! I'm a very open-minded and fun person. I love being around people and doing something, be it something sporty or just hanging out. I love to cook or bake, especially to cook for my family. I also really like spending time with my family, for example when we go on vacation together or when I do something with my sisters. In summary, I am a very adaptable, creative, friendly person who very much likes to do things together with other people and very reluctant to do things alone.

Student Letter:

Dear host family,

How are you? I hope you all are fine. I am looking forward to be your exchange student and in this letter I want to give you the opportunity to get to know me better.

First some basic information about me so my name is Franzi and I am turning 16 years old in May. I live in a village in Bavaria. At home I live with my mom, my dad, my two sisters, my grandmother, my grandfather and our dog called flaks. So I'm used to having a lot of people around me and it never gets boring at home.

It only takes me twenty minutes to get to my school by bus, I'm currently in the tenth grade there and when I'm not going to school I really enjoy doing things with my friends in the afternoon. I'm also in the school band and the choir because I love making music, so of course I play instruments, I play flute and piano. Other hobbies of mine include cooking and baking, but my favorite activity is skiing, which I also teach to younger children. That's all about me.

You may be wondering why I want to do a semester abroad in the USA of all places. One reason for this is your culture and the diversity of the USA, but above all I have always wanted to go to a high school because the school in your country is very different than the school here in Germany. But I would also like to meet new friends, be it at school or at activities, but I am particularly looking forward to getting to know another family and being involved in the everyday life of a typical family there. But of course I also want to bring you my culture closer, because we in Bavaria actually have a very different culture than some other federal states in Germany. In order to bring you a little closer to Bavaria, I would love to cook something typically Bavarian for you. I hope that you got to know me and my personality a little better through this short letter and that you might take me in.

I'm really looking forward to my time in the USA and the many special memories I'll collect.

Kind regards,

your Franzi

Name: Tarekegn
Program: 24/25 FS
Country: Italy
Gender: Boy
Age: 16
Years of English: 9
Last Grade: 11
Religion: None - Attends: Never
Interests: Basketball, Bike-Riding, Computers / Tech
About:

Hi! My name is Tarekegn but everyone calls me Tare, because it's easier and quicker to pronounce, I basically like every type of sport and competitive activity. As an alternative to sports I always mess around and work with computers, or other electronic devices. Obviously I sometimes go out with friends and spend precious time with them. I'm also patient and calm either with babies or adults and also animals, in fact I like to spend time with dogs or cat of my friends.

Student Letter:

Dear Host Family,

I am Tare from the north-centre of Italy, in Tuscany, where I live with my parents and my bigger brother with whom I usually share meals and activities like going out for shopping. During the year we sometimes go on holiday together for a week, usually in places where none of us has been and often out of Italy.

I am a sporty boy, in fact I like practicing a large range of sports, but the main one is football, which I practice since I was ten years old. Before that I did athletics for four years and I also like practicing basketball, volleyball and riding my mountain bike. In sunny days I like to use it to go around the city or to go for a ride with my friends.

I attend a scientific high school in my city, although the subject that I prefer is obviously Physical education, but I also like Informatics and I don't mind Science and Physics. After my first year of high school I decided to change course of studies from studying Latin to studying Informatics and now I can say I made a good decision. Changing course of studies meant also changing classmates, so I'd say I am very lucky because now I have good friends in both classes. Also the teachers of both courses of studies were and are overall good and I have a good relationship with them.

The main reason which led me to the decision of leaving for an exchange year abroad is to live a life experience that will help me improve my English and which will represent a big challenge to face, for example having to deal with new habits, new friends and different people from all over the world every day. I'm very curious about the typical schoolday in the United States since I've always been fascinated by all the American school pictures that I saw on social media or in TV series which show school subjects and activities that are so different from the ones in Italy. One thing that I really hope is that I will be able to play football or soccer for the school team, since I am also curios about the differences concerning football compared to Italy. In general, since practicing sports is very important to me I hope to be able to practice it someway even if not in a team. I would be happy to be placed with another exchange student from a different country, because I am very curious about the different cultures all over the world.

I look forward to meeting you!

Tare

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