Age Range:15 years old
16 years old
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Meet 16 year old Emmanuel from Ghana. His favorite subject in school is economics and one day he aspires to become a fashion designer and even have his own clothing line. He enjoys economics because, "it teaches the principles of how to manage one's life". Church is very important to Emmanuel and he attends weekly with his family, something he would definitely be willing and eager to do while on exchange with your family. Emmanuel is no stranger to American culture and he already enjoys American music and sports, like the NBA. Emmanuel describes himself as honest, loyal, and hardworking. In his free time he also likes to sketch and draw different things. He hopes to return to Ghana after exchange with the skills, knowledge, and experiences learned from exchange to improve his hometown the way the first president of Ghana did. Emmanuel has big plans and dreams, would you like to be part of that journey? Charter
This YES Scholarship winner loves drawing. Shams, 16, from the West Bank, thinks that someday he might like to become a writer and artist for manga books (a type of comic book). Shams also loves reading, listening to music, watching sci-fi, mystery, and comedy movies, and playing both video games and volleyball with his friends. He is an excellent student and especially likes art, history, and geography. He has several older siblings, and as a family, they clean the house and take care of their rooftop garden. Aside from this, Shams' daily responsibilities include helping his mother, buying groceries and and keeping up his grades. He also says that he loves to challenge himself and has many plans for his future. He is looking forward to building a good relationship with his host family and Shams hopes to think of you as his second family.
Meet 17 year old Vilde from Noway. Vilde is an adventurous and open minded young girl who excels academically back home. She writes, "I want to become a sports physiotherapist and study in Denmark. Or maybe go to police academy and educate me further police investigation." Friends and family describe Vilde as bubbly, positive, and and curious. Vilde attends a "physical education" high school where they combine top level sports and general academics. Cross Country skiing is by far the most important sport to Vilde and is something she has done for the past 8 years. Check out her photos and you will find that she pursues the sport even when no snow is available by using a sort of wheel rigged set up that would remind you of elongated roller blades. Exercising is very important to Vilde and when she's not tearing it up cross country she can be found running through the forest, trekking mountains, or just staying fit in her home town gym. Vilde looks forward to all the new experiences she will share with you and your family and thanks you for considering to host with YFU. NL
Kelvin from Ghana is an active 17 year old who is the oldest of four siblings. He is described as friendly, outgoing, gentle, appreciative, determined, and adaptable just to name a few. His favorite sport is basketball, it keeps him active and fit. His favorite subject is math. Some of Kelvins hobbies are listening to music, computer gaming, drawing, general outdoor activities, reading, traveling, volunteering, and watching movies and sports. Kelvin is family orientated and they do many activities together. They attend festivals, horse racing at the stadium, go to church and enjoy going to the beaches on holidays. Kelvin is used to helping out around the house by helping with meal preparation/cleanup, cleaning the house, watching younger siblings, and helping with yard / garden work. Kelvin is curious and always ready to learn his favorite subject is math because it makes him think critically. This is very helpful for his future career goal of being an Environmental Health Officer because he believes in prevention and educating others on how to avoid communicable diseases.
Meet 16 year old Hillary from Ghana! She is active in both SYTO (student youth travel organization), and Drama club at her boarding school. She enjoys music, photography, dancing, acting, sports; although she is admittedly non-competitive. Hillary writes, "Dancing helps me stay healthy and active, music keeps me relaxed, photography enables me to keep memories of events, and sports keeps me healthy." She is a very pragmatic girl and friends describe her as generous, kind, and tidy. For the last two years, she's been playing the tenor drum. Her favorite subject is geography and she excels academically with her natural interest in studying biology and ecosystems. She also enjoys economics and hopes this will help her in her plans to become an investment banker someday. During Hillary's exchange year she hopes to become better at English, study new ideas, and become more culturally tolerant by the exposure to different lifestyles. Dual and Single approved.
Travel is the main passion of 17-year-old Ieva from Lithuania. She has always wanted to visit her dream country America. She likes meeting new people, talking to them and listening to their stories and wants to experience life not as a tourist but as a local person. She lives with her mother, stepfather and younger brother, and enjoys visiting her older brother and spending time with her two other younger siblings who live in another country. Interests include meeting with friends, watching movies, outdoor activities, exercising at the gym, reading and photography. Ieva expresses herself through drawing, but admits she is not very good at it. And while she usually fails when cooking, she still would like to learn how and so keeps trying. Ieva does not eat fish. When asked what she wants to do on her exchange, she says I am open to learn new things, so I would definitely try out everything that people find fun in my area. Also I have always wanted to learn how to surf. All in all, I would like to thank my host family and I cant wait to see you!
Hoping for a career in business, Maan from Saudi Arabia likes to cook and sell the finished product. It's a good thing he loves math- that will help if he owns a business! When hanging out with friends after school, they often go play soccer, and then relax by playing video games or watching movies together. Other times, they go swimming at the club, or play ping pong or billiards. Maan has a good relationship with his teachers, and he has competed in The English Language Olympiad, a science contest, and a comic show. He lives with his extended family (16 in all) including his parents (his mother lectures at the University), siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family is very important to him. They often enjoy BBQ's, lively conversations, board games and cards. He comes from a community he describes as friendly, generous, and nice. Maan is a YES SCHOLARSHIP WINNER.
15-year-old Muhammad, better known as Imad, loves anything that has to do with computers and science. His favorite subject in school is math as he hopes to be a computer programmer one day. He lives with his mother, father and two younger brothers in Indonesia. With his family, he likes going to restaurants and shopping. With his friends, he also goes shopping and plays arcade games and enjoys sleepovers. His main interests are computer games, programming, reading, watching movies and sports (especially soccer), photography, cooking and listening to music. He is okay with dogs as long as they dont enter his bedroom. Im a respectful person so dont worry if you have any house rules, I will follow it. He is really curious about America, its culture and its way of life. Im deeply honored to be given this opportunity to be a member of your family." Ask to listen to Imad's voice recording!
Daniel is a curious, kind, 16 year old student from Brazil who loves playing ping pong, soccer, and learning about Japanese culture. He lives with his mom and an older brother who is a sailor. Before his dad died a few years ago he stayed with him on summer vacations. Daniel loves animals and has a dog and two cats. His favorite school subjects are math, he enjoys the challenge, history and physical education. His teacher said he had great relationships with his classmates and teachers. He helps others and is a good listener. With his friends he plays League of Legends, plays soccer, visit the malls and talk,talk, talk! His friends see him as funny, cool and a geek. With his open-mind and helpful spirit he will make friends, be a pleasure for his host family and come to know America and our culture.
Fluent in both German and Russian, Andreas loves all kinds of sports - but don't ask him to just watch them on tv, he'd much rather participate! Andreas says that he is very active and loves to move. He enjoys working out at the gym, playing soccer with his friends, riding his bike to school - and in the past he has tried break dancing, boxing, and jiu-jitsu. He can't wait to try some typical American sports and activities! Andreas describes himself as a very social and chatty person, and he loves to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoys going to movies, listening to music, and drawing. Andreas is excited to have the opportunity to learn about American culture and daily life, but he also hopes to share his German culture with his new-found friends and host family.
Rina (17) comes from a large Japanese family of six. Her teachers view her as adaptable, attentive, active and cooperative. Indeed she tries to be helpful at home with two much younger siblings. As for hobbies, Rina loves to listen to music. Her favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and One Direction. Rina enjoys playing sports, especially tennis, which she has played for three years. She also has an interest in soccer and volleyball. Rina loves to cook, and cooks for her family about twice per week. Her menu includes Japanese food, snacks and cakes. Other than some cleaning and laundry, Rina also helps with the pets and her younger siblings. Rina will enjoy the challenging experience of living in the US. Will she spend it with your family?
Athfal (17) from Indonesia is active, talkative, thoughtful, and excited to try new things. Athfal has a passion for understanding the world and its people, and hopes to one day become a diplomat. His favorite subjects are economics, history and sociology. He is very active within his community and acts as a coordinator for student council, where he enjoys planning events with his friends. He also volunteers for associations which focus on helping orphans, preserving the environment, and promoting music. He loves all music (except for heavy metal), especially when performed live, and has played the drums for five years, while he has just started learning the guitar. Athfal hopes his year abroad will make him more adaptable, tolerant, and educated. He is hungry for new experiences and eager to make many more connections. His friends appreciate his ability to make people smile, but also to express his own opinions, and listen to theirs. His parents are very supportive of his exchange year and Athfal is grateful for the opportunity given by his host family to live in the USA.NM&ND
Lucas is a 16 year old student from Brazil who loves horseback riding, tennis and biology. He lives with his mother, his maternal grandparents and great-grandparents. His father and sister live nearby. With his family he enjoys going to the beach, the theater, and traveling. Lucas's friends describe him as friendly, fun, and generous. His teacher finds him to have leadership among his classmates, helpful and able to interact with everyone. He thinks he wants to become a ship's pilot - a mariner who maneuvers a ship through dangerous waters such as a harbor or a river mouth. Lucas is hoping to come to the U.S. to find a new family and out how Americans think. He will be happy to attend religious services with his host family occasionally.
Stefano, the oldest of three boys, is a 16 year old from a very small village in Italy. Stefano loves many sports but especially soccer and gymnastics. He hopes to continue both while on exchange but also hopes to try new ones! Stefano gets good grades in school and his teachers describe him as well-mannered and patient. When with his friends, Stefano enjoys listening to music taking a walk or doing sports. Stefano's family is very important to him. He has a very good relationship with his parents, describing his mother as kind, gentle, patient and loving and his father as hard-working and honest. Stefano describes his family life as based on work, volunteering, music, religion, and love." The family principles are evident in the entire familys involvement in an association that helps people, especially young people, with problems (such as alcohol, drugs and depression). Stefano is proud to work with this organization and considers them like a second family. He thanks you in advance for your patience and kindness and hopes you will be his third family! ELTIS 238
Both a sports lover and music enthusiast, 16 year old Evelin from Germany is looking forward to experiencing typical American life. Evelin is an active girl, and one of her favorite activities is playing basketball. She has been playing on a team for about a year, and really enjoys being part of a group. After basketball, Evelin says that her she prefers singing - anywhere and anytime, no matter where she is! In her free time, Evelin likes to meet friends, go shopping, or spend time with her family (which includes the family cat!). Evelin loves animals and thought about becoming a vet, but has decided that she will probably go into business management as she loves working with people and is interested in computers. Evelin is open to trying many new activities - perhaps lacrosse, baseball, or even cheerleading! She is also excited about "living the American life" and experiencing American high school, riding a school bus, and hopefully going to the prom.
Gustav describes himself as "a genuinely happy person". He says a fun activity that his family does at dinner is play a quiz. Questions from the daily newspaper or trivial pursuit game are asked and whoever has the lowest score when they are done has to clean up after dinner. Gustav is an avid hockey fan and would like to see an NHL or MLB game while here. He also wants to join a school team if possible and is excited to experience the school spirit renowned in America. He stays fit by jogging and going to the gym. He hopes to improve his English so that he can speak it as if it were his native language. Let Gustav become your newest family member and take him to see a hockey or baseball game during his year in the US! SP&P
I am a friendly and sociable girl, says Guilia. Others agree, adding that she is positive, smiley, generous and likes to talk. Guilia loves the beach and goes there with her friends whenever they can, but they also like to shop, go to the movies, or just walk around town. A family girl, Guilia also enjoys being with them, whether its lunching weekly with her grandparents in the country, boating with her dads relatives, or going to the wonderful Sardinian sea to sunbathe with her mom and sister. Though last year Guilia joined a hip-hop dance team, which she really enjoys, Guilias passions are photography and travelling. Guilia says I always have my camera with me and I take photos of everything I see so she can remember it better later. Guilia loves to travel, which she says is the best way to appreciate cultures different from mine. Guilia cant wait to experience the American culture, make new friends with the nice and friendly people here, and be part of a family. Outdoor pets only. ELTIS 233
The world will become a small village. Its named The Global Village. This is what Tians mother taught him since he was small. Now it is time for Tian (16) to leave China and build his global village! Tian describes himself as having a good sense of humor and even a little crazy! He is popular among his peers and enjoys time spent with friends. His favorite pastime is badminton. He learned from his parents at a young age and has played ever since. He enjoys the movement, the activity and the challenge it brings. At home Tian has a quieter hobby of assembling models. He also enjoys reading, computer games, volunteering and watching sports. He wants to come to the USA to learn the differences between foreign culture and his Chinese culture. He hopes to gain knowledge about the US and learn to speak English better. Tian is anxious to meet you and hopes that you will accept him into your family. NL
This curious, honest, funny, animal loving, reliable and adventurous Serbian boy is Slobodan. Slobodan says that his family plays a most important role in his life. They have a big dog and a cat, and he says that all together, they are a great team! He enjoys biology and chemistry and has participated in a 6 day course at a science center, which he hopes to participate in again when he goes back home. He enjoys doing lab work and would like to become a doctor or a vet in the future. Slobodan enjoys going skiing with his family in the winter time , an activity he has been doing since he was 4 years old. During the summer, he enjoys a barbecue or karaoke with his friends and family at home. He likes to watch NBA games with his favorite team being the LA Clippers. He watches American football also and would like the opportunity to try both football and baseball during his year abroad. Make Slobodan your newest family member and give this adventurous young man the year of his life! Dual approved ELTIS 242
Jan, 17 from Czech Republic, loves the outdoors! He is into biking, sailing and downhill skiing. Jan says he doesn't have a computer because he enjoys being active with his friends and family. He races his sail boat against his sister and they enjoy going to the Alps to ski in the winter. Jan says he loves sports and he wants to try American football while he is in the US. His friends describe him as funny, intelligent, handsome, crazy and strong. He would love to celebrate our American holidays, events and festivals. He enjoys math class in school and his teacher says he is "able to offer help giving advice on solving mathematic problems". Welcome Jan into your family and community by showing him the local festivals and sharing American traditions during the holidays with him! Capital
"I love to live my life in the real world, in real time," says 16 year old Metehan from Germany, He loves being around people and feels that interaction with them is crucial for life. An avid kickboxer, he uses this sport to do such! He has participated in this sport for several years, and can't wait to show off his skills while on exchange. He also has a love for fitness, soccer, and BAKING! During his free time, he likes to read books, listen to music, watch sports on television, and hang out with friends. He even volunteers as a sports assistant, helping out with 5th grade students. While on exchange, he is open to trying other sports and activities. At home, he loves to spend time with his parents, brothers, and sister, where they like to play board games, watch movies, or spend the weekend together at the lake. He is self-described as funny, easy going, and always on time. Metehan prefers not to eat pork. Metehan would like to thank you in advance and is looking forward to becoming part of the family! T$8400
Active and fun, 17-year-old Shiyu ("CC") from China really enjoys the strenuous activity of parkour and has won medals in table tennis. But on the more serious side, CC has plans to study some sort of computer science and maybe robotics while attending University. His family is also well versed in Chinese tea culture, enjoying tea as a form of art with the many traditions surrounding it. CC appreciates you giving him the opportunity to learn a new culture and hopes to bring a bit of China to your life! T-12
Piano, badminton, swimming, and Tae-kwon-do, makes Qilong a man of many interests! This 15-year-old from China feels that all of his hobbies keep him "active" and he enjoys the fact that he can do them with other people. Qilong would love to continue some of these activities while on exchange, but he is open to trying other activities. One of his hopes is to visit a national park while on exchange, which would be a plus, but not mandatory! With a love for mathematics, Qilong hopes to one day become an Engineer. Qilong's friends call him funny and easy to get along with (and he agrees!) His home life consists of having breakfast and dinner daily with his parents, shopping, traveling, and having dinner on the weekends with his aunt and grandparents. Qilong loves spending time with friends, watching movies and having fun. Let Qilong become a part of your family! T-5 NM&ND
Yu will be 17 when she comes to America from China. She is a happy girl who is well thought of by her teachers. They find her to be very patient and open minded. Yu is president of her class English Club and especially enjoys physics and biology. She hopes to attend University in America someday and study science and technology. Yu is also a talented pianist and dancer. She believes the performances she has participated in have increased her confidence. With her friends Yu enjoys skating, chatting, studying at cafes, and going to movies. Yu lives with her parents and younger sister. The family likes to go on picnics when they can. They encourage her and love to watch her dance and piano performances. Yu looks forward to being immersed in American life and thanks you for opening your home to her!SW
Paul -Muhammed from France, in his own words, "wishes that this exchange brings him a discovery of the other, and thus a better understanding of human relationships, as well as help him grow as a person!" He considers himself hard-working and trustworthy, with a love to travel. Fencing, martial arts, and playing the Viola, tops off 16 year olds list of hobbies! He enjoys being social, and also reading quietly. His family consists of his parents, three brothers, and one sister, so he is used to having a big family! They love to spend time together, watching movies on Sunday or having dinner. He states that they are "very close, never argue, and respect each other's boundaries." He helps out around the house with chores or where needed. Paul-Muhammed would make a great addition to your family. Invite him into your home and share a part of your world with him! ROCKIES
Ryota (18) of Japan wants to be a diplomat in the future. Learning English fluently is very important in achieving his lofty goal, so an exchange year is very important to him. Diplomacy needs learning of foreign culture. In Japan I cant learn this. A very good student, Ryota likes social studies and history the best. He absolutely loves to play and watch soccer and hopes to be able to play in the US. Hes also interested in watching some American football! Ryota lives with his parents and younger brother.Ryota is looking forward to his exchange year, he realizes that the connections he will make in America are very important. Ryota is especially anxious to meet his American family. I want to enjoy talking, go to many places, share precious time and be in a close relationships with you. Im looking forward to being a part of your family. 8-26 ES
Eager to have siblings! That's 16 year old Ka (a.k.a. Ivan) from China. This outgoing boy was strongly recommended by his teachers for an exchange year. Experienced with basketball and ping pong, Ivan is ready to try other American sports. Not a fussy eater, Ivan is looking forward to enjoying American cooking and also hopes to prepare and share native dishes with his new family. He really hopes that his American family will be a big family with brothers and sisters. Ivan is intelligent, imaginative and an adventurer. He has experienced travel in his native China and has interesting stories to share. When you choose Ivan to become part of your family, you will begin an adventure your family and Ivan will always remember. For now, Ivan says hello and thank you for being the family who makes his dream come true.
Ready to take off for adventure, Nick plans on becoming a future pilot. This should fit well with his love of travel. His cheerful, resilient, enthusiastic and persevering attitude should assist him in accomplishing his goals. Nick can often be found behind a camera as he is an accomplished photographer and videographer. At school, described as being polite, helpful, friendly and responsible, history and photography are his favored classes. Relishing time with family, together they enjoy traveling, sailing, cooking and working in the yard. Being fond of animals, Nick takes care of the dog as well as assists around the home to aid his busy parents. Time with friends often includes: sailing, photography, schoolwork, sailing and climbing. Curious, Nick dreams of learning "about your culture, customs and life styles." He thanks you for "giving me the possibility to live in the US for one year with your family." ROCKIES
Fifteen year old Shun describes himself as a light-hearted boy who is a good leader. Shun is a swimmer and loves to watch sports on television and listen to pop music. His favorite subjects in school are English and other languages and World History. He would like to go to the university and pursue a career as a diplomat. Shun enjoys traveling and served as chairman of a school committee that developed a newspaper and guidebook for the school excursion. Shun is also passionate about photography and goes to the airport with his friends to take pictures of airplanes. Some of his other hobbies include outdoor activities, volunteering, and going to movies. Shun enjoys spending time with his family; they have meals together, and he goes cycling on the weekends with his dad. Some of his chores include helping with meals and yard work. Shun thanks you for opening your home to him and accommodating him during his exchange. NM&ND
Leon is a 16 year old from Germany. His teachers say he has great commitment to his school life. Leon is one of three head boys who helps organize all school festivals. His favorite subjects in school are computer programming, English and geography. Web design and programming are also Leons hobbies. He hopes to study computers in university and build his own company. Leon enjoys being outside, especially in the summer. He and friends like to hang out together, listen to music, go swimming and have sleepovers. Leons parents both work full time so he and his younger sister make their own lunches. Sometimes their older brother comes over. He and Leon are close. The family eats meals and watches tv together and go on vacation. Leon looks forward to being a part of an American family! ROCKIES
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