STUDENTS FROM SPAIN
ID#:  SP02
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  15
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  .Basketball, cycling, gymnastics, hiking, fencing, playing
the flute.
Personal Characteristics:  Polite, calm, friendly, helpful.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
I
MPORTANT:  Student is allergic to cats.
“First of all I will describe myself:  I’m a bit shy when is the first time I meet someone
but I suppose that’s normal.  I think my friends would say I’m generous because I
share my time and things, and friendly because I love talking with new people and
meeting new friends.  During the week I go to school seven hours a day, my favorite
subjects are Math and Biology.  On my weekends I do lots of things with my family, I
go to the mountain to the beach and sometimes we meet my friends and all of us go
to lunch on our house.  Another thing I like are playing with my sister, cooking with my
mum or cycling with my dad.  I have a lot of hobbies, so I’m going to tell you the most
important ones.  I love rock and pop music.  I like cycling with my family or alone
because when I’m on a bike I feel free.  Also I like trains, airplanes, trucks, cars and
boats, definitely all transports.  Another thing I love is reading because when I read a
book I feel inside the characters.”
ID#:  SP10
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  15
Religion:  None
Interests:  Basketball, bicycling, fishing, computer programming,
hiking, skiing, flying drones.
Personal Characteristics:  Polite, smart, responsible, flexible,
independent, mature.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
IMPORTANT:  Student is allergic to cats.
“We are a family of five, my parents, my two sisters and I.  My sisters are 10 and 12
years old, so I am the oldest one.  We also have a dog called Yeti, who is very
friendly.  I am very interested in sports.  I have played basketball since I has five years
old.  This year I have changed clubs.  I have also played tennis, soccer and I enjoy
swimming.  Some of my other hobbies are flying drones, computer programming,
painting shoes and fishing.  I would like to continue playing basketball in the U.S. to
improve my skills and because the level of the U.S. basketball is better.  At school I
am in the equivalent of ninth grade.  My favorite subject is Technology and P.E.  I went
on an exchange program to France for five months and I enjoyed it a lot.  I’m also a
scout and I really enjoy it.  Living in the USA is one of my projects, so I hope to see you
soon!”
ID#:  SP11
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  14
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Volleyball, tennis, running, modern dance, Spanish dance,
skiing, swimming.
Personal Characteristics: Friendly, smart, nice, enthusiastic.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“Not long ago, in class my classmates discussed the possibility of taking the next
course in the USA.  Since that moment I have not taken that idea away from my mind, I
talked to my parents and they thought it was a good idea.  Two days a week I have
volleyball training with my team and on Saturday morning match.  On Thursday
afternoon I go to English classes and someday if it is not cold I go running.  I consider
myself a funny, organized and extroverted girl.  I do not find it difficult to relate to others
and I believe that everything are achieved with effort.  I always try to be positive and
although I do not like being alone but I try to overcome it.  I do not like lying or
hypocrisy and I hate darkness.  I think I am a good student and I am responsible for
my obligations.  For that reason I think I could adapt reasonably to your rules.”
ID#:  SP12
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  14
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Volleyball, running, dancing, swimming, tennis, horseback
riding, skiing, paddle surfing.
Personal Characteristics: Talkative, smart, well-mannered,
responsible, confident.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“Last year my friends told me the possibility of going to United States to high school
next year.  From that day I’m thinking every day about it.  I talked to my parents and they
thought that it was a really good idea. I am a glad, funny and smiling girl.  I like to have
my things tidy and my room clean.  I am an open-minded person and I think you can
get everything you want with effort.  I don’t have trouble relating with other people.  
Sometimes I don’t feel well if I receive criticisms about myself.  I think I am a good
student and I am responsible for my obligations.  For that reason I think I could adapt
reasonably to your rules.  I do not like lying nor inequality nor hypocrisy.  I value
honesty a lot.  Two days a week I have volleyball training with my team and on
Saturday morning we usually have match.  On Thursday afternoon I go to English
classes.  On Wednesdays and Sundays I go running with my father and every
afternoon I do my homework.  I love to practicing sports like volleyball, swimming,
tennis…”
ID#:  SP13
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  15
Religion:  None
Interests:  Handball, roller skating, swimming, listening to music,
watching movies, going for walks, cooking, baking.
Personal Characteristics: Happy, mature, confident, friendly, open.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  11
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I’m willing to spend a year in the USA because I’ve been there this summer for a
month, and I enjoyed it so much that I want to repeat the experience for a year.  I love
to travel, and I’ve been to many different countries in Europe with my family.  Also, I
speak 4 languages, Spanish, English, Basque and some French.  Basque is the
official language in the Basque country (North of Spain), and France is only 1 hour
drive from my home.  I’m a very friendly person, very open and energetic.  I love sports
and I practice handball, training 4 times a week.  I also like roller skating and
swimming.  During the weekends, I like meeting my friends, playing handball
matches and going to the cinema.  I also love listening to music.  In the summer, my
family and I always go to Ibiza, and we spend all day at the beach with our cousins.  
You are really kind to allow me to live with you for a year, and I will do all my best to
make this experience great to all of us.”
ID#:  SP14
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Soccer, tennis, table tennis, waterskiing (wakeboard).
Personal Characteristics:  Easygoing, sociable, sports-minded.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I live with my dad, he’s a junior college teacher of electricity, my mom, who works as
a Physical Education Teacher in high school, and my big brother.  He is 19 years old
and he is a good brother but sometimes he drives me crazy.  There are 2 female
dogs also in our family, they are Spanish water dogs.  We love to travel, we have a
motor home and every summer in July since I’m 3 years old, we travel around
Europe.  Every August we go to my summer place, where there is a cable-sky and I
practice water skiing the whole summer until school starts.  I have a lot of friends; we
spend the whole day in the beach water skiing, swimming or sailing.  I think I am easy
going because I have lots of friends and get on well with people.  I love meat and
some fish but I don’t like vegetables at all.  I will learn how to cook Spanish tortilla to
share with you.  I’m looking forward to meeting you!”
ID#:  SP15
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  None
Interests:  Soccer, basketball.  He is interested in learning to play
American football.
Personal Characteristics:  Mature, adaptable, intelligent.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  12
Program Length:  Academic Year
IMPORTANT:  Student is a vegetarian.
“I think I be a grateful person.  I am sympathetic, emphatic, I think a little bit funny, but I
don’t like not much talk about me.  My daily day is easy:  I love play sports like football
or basketball (although I’m not very good), and I’m interested on learn play American
football.  I like to see football match or other sports like figure skating (my favorite
skater is Javier Fernandez).  I don’t see no more the TV, only for series, films (I love
thrillers) and news.  But I prefer better Youtube or other video channels than TV.  I’m
exciting to go to United States because it’s the first time I’m going so far, I want to
know the culture and U.S population too.  However, I have to say that I’m a little
nervous, because is the first time I go alone so far and so long, but I prefer think that
all come good.  I have no problems or concerns, I think that I have no problems to
have friends and overcoming obstacles.”
ID#:  SP16
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  15
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Zumba, swimming, horseback riding, theater.
Personal Characteristics:  Extroverted, independent, mature,
responsible.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I have to say that it was myself who insisted on participating in this program,
because even though it is going to be very hard for me to be away from my family and
closest friends, especially during my first days in the USA, I think that it’s a great
experience that it’s going to be useful for me for many things in life.  I think I’m a nice,
sociable and hard working girl.  I have a brother who is two years older than me.  We
are a very close family, I love them very much.  I love dancing, going shopping,
listening to music, going to the cinema, traveling and going out with my friends.  On
Fridays and Saturdays, I go out with my friends.  I usually go to restaurants with my
family and sometimes we travel to other cities.  In summer, I go to the swimming pool
every day when I am in town.  My favorite subject is Math.  I like to have good marks at
school.”
ID#:  SP17
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Tennis, singing, theatre, swimming, badminton, dancing.  
She loves animals, especially dogs and horses.
Personal Characteristics:  Kind, happy, independent, mature.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  11
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I go to high school every day, and at the evenings I go to an English academy and
French lessons as I love languages.  I also go to tennis training.  In the summer, I like
meeting my best friends, going to the beach, reading or going to my house in the
countryside.  I also go to summer camps sometimes, and once I went to a Language
Immersion Summer Camp as I got a scholarship.  Although at first I might be shy, I’m
a very friendly person.  I love animals, specially horses and dogs.  I play tennis since I
was 7 and I love it.  I also like swimming and I would like to practice more sports like
horse-riding or ice-skating.  I’m really keen on painting, but I’m not very good at it.  I’m
also fond of photography and dancing, but what I love the most is theatre and
singing.  I sing every day and music is my passion.  I like every type of it.  I also like
trekking on the outskirts of my parents’ village near my countryside’s house.”
ID#:  SP18
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  14
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Soccer, swimming, skiing, playing chess, drawing, arts &
crafts.  She loves dogs.
Personal Characteristics:  Enthusiastic, mature, helpful, happy,
open-minded.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I have always loved animals, particularly dogs.  I absolutely love them.  I always
wanted to have a dog at home, but it was never possible.  As frequently as possible I
take my bicycle and visit some friends who have dogs.  Playing soccer is exciting,
enthralling for me.  It is my favorite sport and hobby.  We train twice a week.  I take part
very regularly at matches.  I usually play as forward, sometimes I have also played as
goalkeeper.  I also love drawing and do handicrafts at home.  When I start drawing
time passes very fast.  I don’t like to copy from other paintings or photos.  I prefer to
use my imagination and draw with total freedom.  I have won some painting
competition at my village.  I have also won some bookmarks competition.  And the
cultural centre of my village has print some of them as souvenir.  During the
weekends with my family and I often plan activities in the nature such as hiking and
cycling.”
ID#:  SP19
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  14
Religion:  None
Interests:  Soccer, running, skiing, swimming, playing the flute.  He
loves animals.
Personal Characteristics:  Joyful, caring, curious, open, independent.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“The most important thing in my world is my family.  I have two brothers and one
sister, they are smart and lovely, also they are a little bit crazy but it’s funny, and I
spend a lot of time playing games and helping them.  My parents are such cool
people, they are dentists.  After school, I train soccer three times a week and I play a
match at the weekend, also I do physical education and swimming at the school two
times a week.  I like soccer because it gives me a lot of good experiences and also a
lot of friends.  I like skiing because I enjoy in the mountain and I like swimming
because I also enjoy the beach and the water.  I love outdoor sports in contact with the
nature.  I did two exchange programs to Ireland in a nice family.  Each time I stayed
three weeks.  My favorite hobbies are playing computer games, reading adventures
and mystery books, and playing soccer.  I love pets a lot.  I also like farm’s animals
and jungle animals.”
ID#:  SP20
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  15
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Five aside soccer, skiing, snowboarding,  wind surfing,
tennis.
Personal Characteristics:  Sweet, mature, responsible, respectful.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I’m very responsible, open-minded and I like to help others.  I’m a bit shy at the
beginning.  I like listening to music, hanging out with my friends, watching films.  I like
a lot sport in general.  At home I have several responsibilities like order my room, set
the table and help my parents in everything that they ask me.  Since very young, I like a
lot cooking sweet cakes and one of the most typical dishes in Spain, the potato
omelette.  My favorite subjects are Math, Chemistry and Physics.  In the future I would
like to study engineering because I like to understand how machines work.  When I
was 6 I went for the first time to USA, New York.  I enjoy looking the photos and videos,
but I barely remember things.  Last summer I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in
a summer camp in Maine, it was an amazing experience that I will always remember.  
I’m very lucky to have this chance to go again to the U.S.”
ID#:  SP21
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  14
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Basketball, bicycling, running, skiing, crafts, listening to
music, swimming, water sports.  She coaches a basketball team of 6
& 7-year-olds.
Personal Characteristics:  Dynamic, friendly, spontaneous,
sports-minded, mature.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  10
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I’m a very cheerful and determined girl.  Passionate with everything I do because I
believe that the experiences make you unique.  I love sports, especially basketball.  I’
m the captain of my team and I like to fight in every game until the end.  The most
important thing in my life is my family, thanks to them I am what I am, and I have
learned that the more important thing is the coexistence of respect.  I love travel, both
the ones I do with my team as with my family.  I like meeting places, people and their
customs.  I’m coach of a team of basketball of children between six and seven years.  
I like teach them and help them to understand the sport in a team.  Everyone in my
family is very athletic, and I like to try new activities and meet people.  I love the beach
and the sea.  I spend hours in the water playing with my friends and siblings.  I like to
practice all kinds of water sports.  I have always been attracted to American culture.  I’
m counting the days that I have left to live with you my dream.”
ID#:  SP23
Gender:  Female
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  None
Interests:  Tennis, canoeing, making desserts.
Personal Characteristics:  Pleasant, open, mature, helpful, active.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  11
Program Length:  Academic Year
“My daily life during the weekend is going to school and later in the afternoon going to
extracurricular activities like tennis or also studying and doing homework.  During the
weekend I spend the mornings studying, and the afternoons with friends, with my
family or even for rest because that’s what weekends are for.  Regarding my tastes, I
love animals, mainly cats.  I had a cat called Pepa, and later another one called
Pedro.  At home I have had pets so I have no problems living with animals.  I like
doing sports, even going to take a walk.  Some sports that I have done are canoeing,
swimming, and currently I play tennis.  I hope this trip to be an unforgettable
experience for my life and I wish I experience things that will help me developing as a
person.  English is a language that has interested me since I was very young, and I
had learned since then.”
ID#:  SP24
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  None
Interests:  Soccer, judo, basketball.
Personal Characteristics:  Friendly, polite, independent.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  11
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I am a student that would like to study in the United States next year.  I want to live this
experience because I will improve my English, I will become more independent, I will
have the opportunity to study in a different educational system, and as I love sport, I
want to try new sports and continue playing the sports I already play but in a different
country.  Living there I’m hoping to learn things about your culture, to see how’s your
everyday life, what you normally do and getting to know you I will also love to have part
in your life and we will have a great time together.  My favorite sports are soccer and
basketball.  I usually play in my free time or at break time at school.  I also do judo
twice a week.  I really enjoy doing any sport and in my free time I also hang out with
my friends, we normally go to a park or where you can play pool and table soccer.  In
summer I love going to the beach or to the swimming pool.”
ID#:  SP25
Gender:  Male
Age Upon Arrival in the U.S.:  16
Religion:  Catholic
Interests:  Soccer, listening to music, cycling, spending time with
friends.
Personal Characteristics:  Easygoing, a bit shy at first meeting,
mature, sports-minded.
Preferred Grade of Enrollment:  11
Program Length:  Academic Year
“I’d like to first, thank you in advance for your interest in the program and effort to read
my presentation.  I practice soccer, which is my favorite sport, twice a week and
games on Saturday.  I am very much into sports.  I also like to play soccer games with
my Playstation, among other games, and usually don’t go out very much, only
occasionally.  I rather stay home with some friends or watch TV.  American TV series
are my favorite, like Modern Family, Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons.  I
sometimes watch them in English, but not always.  Here at home we can watch them
translated into Spanish.  I am a little bit shy at the beginning, but get going in no time,
since I am sociable, and like being part of a team or group.  It’s my first time away
alone, without my family, that’s why I think it’s so important, it’ll let me grow and
mature.  I am very excited about the idea.  I’ve travelled some, but always with my
family, even with my cousin and grandmother, we’re all very close.”