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Matching for the 2014 – 2015 school year is in full swing!  If you or someone you know would make a great host family for any of these kids, fill out the contact form below.

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Monday Matches: Asian Students

Jin, 15, Japan

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Baseball
• Cooking together
• Board games
• Fishing

Jin started to have an interest in studying in the United States when he went to New York to to participate in a ballet convention. He couldn’t communicate with people in English at that time, so he has a strong will to improve his English skills by talking with many people during his exchange
year. Also, he used to travel to other countries such as France, Belgium, Singapore, and so on.  His father is a pastry chef, so Jin went to European countries many times with his father. His family is international, so he has much support from the family.

Yubin, 15, Korea, South

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Baseball/Softball
• Choir/Singing
• Board games
• Volunteering

Yubin has a great personality.  He encourages and helps his classmates who don’t do well during the class. He is a well disciplined student. He knows how to apologize and gratitude to people. He is always saying that expression. He likes baseball. So He will enjoy it during a High School Year with his friends and host family.

Chaitawat, 15, Thailand

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Drums
• Soccer

Chiatawat is one of kind student, polite and open-minded.  He would like to be exchange student because of gain new experience and improve language.

Hsiang-Wei, 16, Taiwan

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Baseball/Softball
• Excursion or Trips
• Martial arts
• Camping
• Hiking
• Volleyball

Hsiang-Wei (Henry) has a pleasant and outgoing personality and is able to carry on a conversation in English without any problems even in a high pressure situation. His sense of humor always makes everyone around him happy. Henry has a variety of interest, but his loves are playing baseball and assemble machine. He is an all-around student and I am sure he will be a successful exchange student.

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Monday Matches – President’s Day Edition

Due to President’s Day, Monday matches are a day late – but no less great!

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Annabel, 16, Germany

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Piano
• Violin

Annabel is a very ambitious girl. Usually, she is very busy with her school work and after school activities. Annabel is a musical and artistic girl. She has been playing the violin since she was 6 years old and the piano for 1 year now, but also loves drawing. After having spent an exchange trip to England for 4 weeks, it has always been Annabel’s dream to spend a whole year in the USA.

Annabel would like to spend her exchange in Delaware!

Alice, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Camping
• Excursion or Trips
• Swimming
• Cooking together
• Skiing
• Tennis

Alice is sociable and spontaneous girl. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Alice is very active and enjoys playing tennis, swimming and going on trips
and hikes. She also likes cooking, shopping and travelling. Alice is very excited to be an exchange student. She can’t wait to meet new people, to improve her English and to get in touch with new cultures and lifestyles.

Alice would like to spend her exchange year in Maryland or Delaware!

Carlotta, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Excursion or Trips
• Horseback riding
• Hiking
• Kick-boxing

Carlotta is a really nice and sweet girl. She is shy at first and she needs time to open up. She is charming and sophisticated. She likes horseback riding and kickboxing. She also likes watching movies and cinema in general. She is family-oriented although her parents are divorced. She wants to do this experience to discover the American culture and improve her English.

Carlotta would like to spend her exchange year in Maryland!

Beatrice, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Dance
• Excursion or Trips

Beatrice is an active and outgoing girl. Mature and polite, she loves to dance(she studies dance since she was 5 years old)she also likes photography, art and music. Her ambition for this year abroad is to grow up, to improve her English fluency and to know more about the host country. She hopes to visit her host country with her host family through trips and excursions. She hopes to study architecture at university one day. Talkative and funny she will easily have new friends.

Beatrice would like to spend her exchange year in Maryland or Delaware!

Daniëlle, 16, Switzerland

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Board games
• Excursion or Trips
• listening to music
• Cooking together
• Jogging
• Working with children / elderly

Daniëlle is a very positive, open minded and interested student. She is very motivated to make the most out of her year and she is eager to improve her English to the best she can and get to know the American culture. Daniëlle is also a very active girl and likes to be outside in the nature. She likes to do sports and is active in scouting during her free time.

Daniëlle would like to be in the Northeastern US.

Bastian, 17, Germany

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Cooking together
• Golf
• Skiing
• Excursion or Trips
• Horseback riding

Bastian is great boy who dreams of going to an American High School. He is really keen on getting to know the American way of life. Bastian is very into sports. He loves to ski in winter time and plays golf in summer. His family is really important to him and he loves to spent time with them. He is very open minded and will be a great exchange student!

Bastian would like to spend his exchange year in the Northeastern US.

Marten, 16, Germany

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Chess
• Excursion or Trips

Marten lived in the US for 2 years and wants to experience the school system on his own. In his free time he likes to play computer games and reads books. He is very sociable and ambitious. His brother is doing a high school year at the moment so Marten is aware what to expect while he is abroad.

Marten would like to spend his exchange year in the Northeastern US.

Gara, 15, Spain

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Board games
• Cooking together
• Golf
• Piano
• Choir/Singing
• Excursion or Trips
• Guitar

She is a athletic girl. She is practising a lot of sports..like golf which is her favourite sport. She has got a special musical talent. She plays very well the guitar
and piano. Also she sings in a choir. Apart of that, she loves doing a lot of sports and she loves ice-skating, gymnastic, dance. When she has got free time, sometimes she plays board games and cooks. She is looking forward to have an active family to do a lot of activities. She really likes going on excursions.

Gara would like to spend her exchange year in the Northeastern US.

Ilaria, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Cooking together

Ilaria is a polite, charming and well mannered girl. She results really natural in what she does and she likes the little things, like take a walk in the nature with her family and her friends or go to the cinema and watch a movie. She likes reading books, especially fantasy or lovestories, and cooking all kind of sweet like cakes and cookies. She wants to become more independent and learn more about how different cultures understand the same things. She is also really interested in languages.

Ilaria would like to spend her exchange year in the Northeastern US.

Eline, 17, Netherlands

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Dance
• Excursion or Trips

Eline is a wonderful easy and relaxed girl. Little shy at first. She is social, likes to meet new people and to try new things. Very creative. Likes to draw and read. Very polite. Loves ballet and dances a lot herself as well. Great addition to any family.

Eline would like to spend her exchange year in the Northeastern US.

If you’d be interested in hosting any of these students, please complete the form below and we will contact you!

Monday Morning Matches: State Choice – Delaware & Maryland

We have some great students available for the 2014 – 2015 who would love to join a family in the First State of Delaware!

Alina, 15, Austria

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

  • Board games
  • Excursion or Trips
  • Gymnastics
  • Cooking together
  • Fitness Studio
  • Working with children

Alina is a open-minded, talkative and very funny young girl. She lives with her mother and sister in Austria. She has a cat at home and her name is Cleo. Dogs and cats are her favorite animals. Alina’s hobby is photography and this is the reason why she goes to the photography school. She also likes meeting friends and going to the cinema. Alina likes working out; she often goes to the fitness center and likes jogging. She wants to spend a year abroad because she wants to learn a lot about the American culture. She also wants to improve her English.

Annabel, 16, Germany

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

  • Piano
  • Violin

Annabel is a very ambitious girl. Usually, she is very busy with her school work and after school activities. Annabel is a musical and artistic girl. She has been playing the violin since she was
6 years old and the piano for 1 year now, but also loves drawing. After having spent an exchange trip to England for 4 weeks, it has always been Annabel’s dream to spend a whole year in the USA.

Caroline Gaarslev, 15, Denmark

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

  • Excursion or Trips
  • Running
  • Guitar

Caroline is an outgoing girl. She is likeable and positive. Her open-minded personality will do her great in the US. She enjoys being sociable and is very family oriented as well. She loves playing the guitar and music just in general. Music is her big passion. Caroline’s sister is on a high school year with EF at the moment, so she is excited to experience the American culture first hand and make new friends.  This high school year is a big dream of hers and I’m sure that she will do well.

Alice, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

  • Camping
  • Excursion or Trips
  • Swimming
  • Cooking together
  • Skiing
  • Tennis

Alice is sociable and spontaneous girl. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Alice is very active and enjoys playing tennis, swimming and going on trips and hikes. She also likes cooking, shopping and travelling. Alice is very excited to be an exchange student. She can’t wait to meet new people, to improve her English and to get in touch with new cultures and lifestyles.

Beatrice, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

  • Dance
  • Excursion or Trips

Beatrice is an active and outgoing girl.  Mature and polite, she loves to dance (she studies dance since she was 5 years old).  She also likes photography, art and music. Her ambition for this year abroad is to grow up, to improve her English fluency and to know more about the host country. She hopes to visit her host country with her host family through trips and excursions. She hopes to study architecture at university one day. Talkative and funny she will easily have new friends.

The following students would like to spend their exchange year in the Old Line State of Maryland!

Chiara, 16, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Cooking together
• Swimming
• Excursion or Trips

Chiara is a lively and positive girl. She loves reading and sports, especially swimming.  She is an open-minded girl and her attitude will allow her to get along with the new family easily.  During her free time she likes to go shopping and to cook with her friends. Chiara loves to travel and to hang out with friends. She can?t wait to meet her new family, her new friends, and live in a different country learning its language.

Carlotta, 17, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Excursion or Trips
• Horseback riding
• Hiking
• Kick-boxing

Carlotta is a really nice and sweet girl. She is shy at first and she needs time to open up. She is charming and sophisticated.  She likes horseback riding and kickboxing. She also likes watching movies and cinema in general. She is family-oriented although her parents are divorced. She wants to do this experience to discover the American culture and improve her English.

Adele, 16, Italy

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Excursion or Trips
• Swimming
• Gymnastics

Adele is a polite and independent girl. She is an athletic person, actually one of the favorite activities is swimming. She likes drawing and writing too. When she is with her friends they like going to the cinema and to the theatre.  She loves animals and travelling. She is really excited about this experience because she wants to meet new people, make new friends and know a different culture.

Erik, 17, Norway

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Excursion or Trips
• Hiking

Erik is a very kind and caring student. He is all into family activities, he love to socialize with friends and family. He looks to be with his coming host family and play table games, hiking and just be together. He will also love to learn better to play the guitar. Golf is also a great passion for Erik. He will do absolute great on exchange and his host family will such a great time with him.

Synnøve, 17, Norway

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Camping
• Dance
• Global action program:  travelled to Bali with my school to build coral reefs
• Go out to eat together
• running
• watch movies
• Cooking together
• diving
• Global action program:  travelled to Tibet to build a school for the orphans living there
• hiking
• Skiing
• yoga

Synnøve is an independent girl who is highly motivated to become an exchange student.  She loves to experience new cultures and lifestyles. She has lived with her parents in Malaysia the last two years. She is eager to create good memories and meet new people.  Synnøve is super active as well.  She likes a lot of activities, but her favorites are dancing, skiing and cooking. She is looking forward to getting to know her host family and making new friends. She can’t wait to speak
English fluently and gain better understanding of the American culture.

Sara, 18, Sweden

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• downhill skiing
• Soccer

Sara is a sweet, active and outgoing girl who is also reliable and ambitious. She loves sports, especially soccer which she has played since she was five y/o and hopes she can continue with during her exchange. She is eager to try new activities and wishes to try surfing. Sara also has a special interest in traveling and one of her goals in life is to travel the world. She is social, talkative and easy to get along with and would really appreciate to experience the differences of how it is to live in a warmer climate.

Ebba, 16, Sweden

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

• Board games
• Soccer
• Excursion or Trips

Ebba is a social, open-minded and talkative girl. She is active and has a special interest in sports, especially soccer. She would love to try new activities, maybe tennis or track & field.  Ebba is family-oriented and likes to go on trips with her family.  She would really like to celebrate holidays and go to sport events with her host family. Ebba loves to meet new people and is hoping to get to
know her host family’s extended family during her year as well.  She is proud of herself for taking this opportunity and finds it a dream come true.

Complete the contact form below if you’d be interested in hosting any of these students next school year!

Welcome the New Year by welcoming a student!

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?  It’s not too late!  Why not resolve to welcome an exchange student into your family in the fall.  Your family will learn so much and you’ll help make a dream come true.

Here are just some of the terrific kids looking to come to the Northeast:

Daniëlle, 16, Switzerland

Daniëlle is a very positive, open-minded and interested student.  She is very motivated to make the most out of her high school year abroad and she is eager to improve her English to the best she can and get to know the American culture.  Daniëlle is also a very active girl and likes to be outside in the nature. She likes to do sports and is active in scouting during her free time.

Maximilian, 16, Germany

Max is one of those students that you just instantly like. He’s highly sporty and his passion is tennis. He has been playing for a long time and won several tournaments with it. He also loves to play any other kind of team sports, loves spending time with his family walking the dog and also simply playing soccer. He’s definitely an outdoorsy person; a highly likeable, open-minded, great guy!

Anika, 15, Germany

Anika just spent 3 months in a host family in France where she enjoyed herself lots. She makes a great impression and speaks English extremely well.

Marten, 16, Germany

Marten lived in the US for 2 years and wants to experience the school system on his own. In his free time he likes to play computer games and reads books. He is very sociable and ambitious. His brother is doing a high school year at the moment so Marten is aware what to expect while he is abroad.

Barbara, 16, Denmark

Barbara is a sweet and smiling girl. She has an overall great personality. She is reliable, likeable, and mature. She has many different interests such as horseback riding and dancing.  She is very close with her family and spends a lot of time with them. She is also very sociable and has many friends. She has lived abroad for 2 years with her parents, so she knows a little bit about living in another culture, but she is very excited to do it alone this time. She is excited about improving her English skills and make new friends as well.

Featured Students for January Arrival!!!

international flags

international flags (Photo credit: Joelk75)

We have a few students still looking for host families for half year experiences from January to June. If you’ve considered hosting, but aren’t sure you can commit to a full year, why not take a January arrival?

These are the great kids we are featuring this week:

Samuel
Switzerland

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Father’s Occupation: Radiation Oncologist
Mother’s Occupation: housemaker, nurse
Marital Status: Married
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 3
Place of Birth: Switzerland
Community: City or Town
Religion: Christian
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Occasionally
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 8
GPA: B
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Boxing
• Cooking
• Listening to music
• Cinema / Movies
• Gym
• Soccer

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Samuel is a very active, honest and independent young man who comes from a big family. He loves the openness of Americans. He adores boxing and soccer and loves traveling, having spent a month at the EF language school in NY. He is goal-oriented, extroverted, flexible, and has a fun disposition, which makes him very approachable. He loves sitting around the dinner table with his family of six.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a 17 years old active, athletic, fun-loving boy. With me you can talk about quite everything, I like listening to people and learn new things from them. I really like the USA and its people, sports, food, shopping, music, honest people, new haircuts, go out with friends, the sound when typing on a laptop, family festivals-like on Christmas and strong wind.

Philipp
Germany

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Father’s Occupation: Consultant
Mother’s Occupation: Teacher
Marital Status: Divorced
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 1
Place of Birth: Germany
Community: small town or village
Religion: Catholic
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Yes
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 8
GPA: C
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Biking / Cycling
• Golf
• Listening to music
• Skiing
• Watching TV
• Computers
• Hiking
• Piano
• Tennis

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Philipp is a charming, polite and interested young boy. He is very athletic – his hobbies are swimming, playing golf and tennis. He is very open-minded and is looking forward to getting to know a new culture and improving his English.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I´m 16 years old and I´m currently visiting the 9th class. In my spare time I like to do various sportive activities. In the summertime I love to play golf and tennis. As I live very close to the lake, I also like to go swimming and meeting with my friends.  During the wintertime I like to go skiing with my friends and my family.

Tim
Germany

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Father’s Occupation: Craftsman
Mother’s Occupation: Secretary
Marital Status: Married
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 1
Place of Birth: Germany
Community: City or Town
Religion: New Apostolic (Christians)
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Occasionally
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 7
GPA: A
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Listening to music
• Swimming
• Reading
• Weight training

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Tim is an athletic boy, who likes to work out in the gym and take care of his health. He is generally interested in sports and would like to get to know news sports, like e.g. American football. Tim likes to spend time with his friends, going to the movies or swimming. He is also very interested in economic and history, those are his favorite subjects. Tim is a helpful boy,who takes over household chores. He is outgoing, talkative and thus will most probably easily find new friends and fit into a new family.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m open for new things and interested to learn new things. I am looking forward to going to school in the USA and become a member of a sports team. I would like to see some nature in the US, maybe something special near my host family.

If you’re interested in opening your home this holiday season, fill out the form to be contacted for more information:

Get to Know….Austria!

Flag of Austria

Flag of Austria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find out more about Austria here.

Here are some kid-friendly activities related to Austria and its culture.

FAMOUS AUSTRIANS:

English: in Innsbruck. Français : La Flussprom...

English: in Innsbruck. Français : La Flusspromenade (Promenade de la rivière), sur les bords de l’Inn, à Innsbruck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Falco – 80s pop star (“Rock Me Amadeus“)
  • Sigmund Freud – psychiatrist
  • Joseph Haydn – composer
  • Gustav Klimt – artist, helped found the Vienna Secession movement
  • Fritz Lang – film director
  • Gustav Mahler – composer
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – composer
  • Ferdinand Porsche – automotive engineer and entrepreneur
  • Otto Preminger – film director
  • Wolfgang Puck – chef
  • Oskar Schindler – industrialist, WWII hero
  • Johann Strauss – composer
  • Erwin Schrödinger – physicist, Nobel Prize winner
  • Franz Schubert – composer
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger – actor, former governor of California
  • Daniel Swarovski – founder of crystal company, Swarovski
  • Georg Ludwig von Trapp – head of the Sound of Music family
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein – philosopher

Interested in learning more about Austria and its culture?  Consider welcoming a student from there or another of our High School Year countries!

Get to Know…Switzerland!

The national flag of Switzerland.

  • Official Name:  Confoederatio Helvetica
  • Languages:  German, French, Italian, Romansch
  • Capital:  Bern
  • Currency:  Swiss Franc
  • Area:  15,940 sq mi
  • Population:  8,014,000
  • Government:  Federal republic
  • Head of State:  Federal Council
  • National Anthem:  Swiss Psalm
  • Location:  Central Europe

Find out more about Switzerland here.

Here are some kid-friendly crafts related to Switzerland and its culture.

Switzerland
FAMOUS SWISS:

  • Jacob Ammann – leader of the Anabaptist religious group that would become known as the Amish
  • Jean Arp – founding member of the Dada surrealist movement
  • John Calvin – founder of the Calvinist theological movement
  • Louis Chevrolet – automobile engineer, founder of Chevrolet
  • Roger Federer – championship tennis player
  • Martina Hingis – championship tennis player
  • Paul Klee – painter
  • Henri Nestle – founder of the Nestle company
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau – philosopher
  • Johanna Spyri – author of Heidi
  • William Tell – legendary folk hero
  • Huldrych Zwingli – leader of the Reformation in Switzerland

If you’d like to find out more about hosting a student from Switzerland or any of our other EF High School Year countries, fill out the form below and an EF representative will contact you within 48 hours.

Get to Know…Italy!

Italian Flag

Italian Flag (Photo credit: Floris M. Oosterveld)

Find out more about Italy here.

Here are some kid-friendly crafts that are related to Italy and its culture.

 

Rome

Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn_BE_BACK_IN_SEPTEMBER)

FAMOUS ITALIANS:

According to Wikipedia, Italian Americans are the fourth largest ethnic group in the United States.  If your family has Italian heritage, why not consider learning more about it by bringing it right into your home?  Host an Italian exchange student and allow them to help you explore the culture and language of Italy!

Get to Know…The Netherlands!

Netherlands flag outline

Netherlands flag outline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Official Name:  Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
  • Language:  Dutch
  • Capital:  Amsterdam
  • Currency:  Euro
  • Area: 16,039
  • Population:  16,788,973
  • Government:  Unitary parliamentary representative democracy under constitutional monarchy
  • Head(s) of State:  King Willem Alexander; Prime Minister Mark Rutte
  • National Anthem:  Het Wilhelmus  
  • Location:  Northern Europe, on the North Sea

Find out more about the Netherlands here.

Here are some kid-friendly crafts that are related to the Netherlands and its culture.

Netherlands

Netherlands (Photo credit: didkovskaya)

FAMOUS DUTCH:

The Dutch were some of the first settlers in Delaware.  Does your family have Dutch ancestry?  If you’d like to learn more about the culture and country of the Netherlands, we place Dutch students with families.   If you’d like information on becoming a host family, fill out the contact form and an EF Foundation representative will contact you within 24 hours.