Greenheart Volunteer is one type of short term hosting opportunity that usually lasts 3-6 weeks. It includes volunteering within the host community for 5 -15 hours per week. The student indicates which areas of volunteer they are interested in and we try to accommodate their preference. The volunteer project must be confirmed at one month prior to the participant arrival.
The Language Buddy Program is an IHP program with the added component of informal tutoring in the participant’s native language. This program is great for families who want to practice or learn a foreign language. Participants and family should plan to set aside about 3 hours per week for informal tutoring. Outside of the three hours, the family and participant should speak English only.
The High School Visits Program is an IHP variation where participants have the option to shadow classes at a local high school during their stay. They will not receive academic credit while doing so. This program is available for duration of 2-4 weeks Permission must be obtained from the high school for this to occur. Students should shadow for the full school day, 4-5 days each week.
Age: 14 Country: Spain Gender: Male
Roberto enjoys soccer, French, track and field, and other sports.
Roberto, from Spain, says, "Dinner is the best moment in the day because all four members of my family come together and we can spend a great time telling stories about our day at school or job to each others.
Sometimes I meet my friends in the park nearby my house to talk, meet people or play a little soccer match. Also, we sometimes go to the cinema, we love action movies."
Age: 15 Country: Germany Gender: Female
Lilly enjoys Hip Ho, going to the gym, listening to music, and babysitting.
She says, " In the future I could imagine to be a policeofficer. I am going to do an internship by the police in Hamburg and I am really looking forward to it. I want to go to the USA because I want to know how it is to be at an American Highschool and if all those things you can see in films or series are true. Like if they really carry their books with crossing arms before their belly. I hope I will experience all those things in the school I will attend. I think it's interesting to see all the differences between 2 cultures and how different they live. I am looking so forward to my year in the USA!"
Age: 17 Country: Czech Republic Gender: Male
Jan likes to go to the gym, spend time with friends, listen to music, and head to Prague for time at the cinema or just to get food.
He says, " I do not know what I want to be in future but I know that I want to go on college. I want to go to USA because I always wanted to visit the USA. I want to experience new culture and show you our culture. I would like to be more independent after my stay in the US and speak fluent English. I will be maybe shy form the beginning but I think we'll be friends after some time. I like to help with any kind of work. If you have any questions on me just ask."
Jan has a cat and dog allergy.
Age: 16 Country: Spain Gender: Male
Jesus is athletic and had played soccer for a team for 7 years. He plays guitar, e-sports, and likes to go out with friends. He doesn't have a pet but would like to have one.
He says, "One of my dreams it´s to play in a professional team of League of Legends because I successfully passed the tryouts of a team called Movistar Riders, and I want to play in the highest team. Right now I don´t have clear goals but I think that in the future I will want a good job and make a family (but I don´t know yet my wished job because I am so young to know what I want to be in the future)."
Age: 16 Country: Thailand Gender: Female
Fern (her nickname) enjoys watching movies, learning about other cultures, shopping, and cooking.
She says, " The reasons that to participate the exchange program because I need to improve my English and open my new world and also get more experiences. Other than that I do have planned to study in International courses when I attend the university."
Age: 15 Country: Spain Gender: Male
Peru loves to play soccer and go snowboarding! He also likes to spend time with friends and his family.
He says, " I study in a Basque high school and I speak Basque and Spanish because we live in the Basque Country, a territory located between France and Spain. I feel Basque but I feel Spanish too. The Basque language is one of the oldest languages in the world and its origins are unknown, there is no other living language that can be related to Basque. I am proud to speak Basque. thanks for having me for ten months and I hope to hear from you soon"
Age: 15 Country: Poland Gender: Female
Zofia loves to swim! She also enjoys tennis, dancing, and reading when she doesn't have a sport in which to be involved.
She says, "I want to go to USA because I have been there twice already, and I fell in love with this great country (we have a lot of my Grandmother family there - in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Kentucky).
I was so surprised how open and nice people are there. I want to see how it is to be part of an American family and live there like a normal US teenager."
Age: 16 Country: Poland Gender: Female
Nina's special interest is yoga. She also enjoys longboard, snowboarding, and swimming. She has some food allergies, so she will need a host family that understands that and can work with her.
She says, "I really enjoy organizing my spare time in creative way. I always propose to my friends interesting trips, cultural events, music or film festivals. I also devote time to sport. I attend yoga lessons, swimming training and many others disciplines. My city has a lot to offer but sometimes I just like to go to the forest out of town and cut myself off from the busy mode. I am very reflective and independent person. I like to talk about life, philosophy, sense of living. I like just to take a breake of the world and think abstractly."
Age: 16 Country: Poland Gender: Female
Monika enjoys drawing and painting, reading, friends, and learning (especially Biology and Psychology). She is a vegetarian but eats fish.
She says, "My biggest passion is art. Since I remember, I have been drawing and painting. It’s beautiful that by using shapes and colors you can express your feelings and thoughts! I try to draw whenever I can."
Age: 15 Country: Thailand Gender: Female
Pimmada chooses to play sports more often than anything else. She also enjoys traveling, watching movies, and baking.
She says, "My goal is to be an exchange student. I want to exchange language and culture with new people. I want a new society and interesting experience, especially I want to improve my English language skill. My dream is studying aboard. I think USA is an amazing country and it would be a privilege for me to spend almost 1 year in USA."
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