SUMMER PROGRAM (STEP)

Spanish teenagers June 27 - July 22

A group of 21 Spanish teens will arrive on WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018, and stay through Sunday, July 22nd. Host families provide housing and food; they come with health insurance and spending money--and enthusiasm! 

Here are the applications of everyone still looking for a home--just click on the name, and you'll see their complete information! 

GIRLS

Garazi Female, 14. Loves dance (7 years of ballet), visited Mexico and England before--first time to the USA.  

Nerea. Female, 14. Enjoys traveling, biking, swimming, running. Sometimes shy at first, she says, but then also says "I talk a lot!"

Garazi Lopez. Female, 15. Enjoys doing new things, very sympathetic person. Likes basketball and shopping.

Paula.  Female, 15.  Volleyball player who loves to meet new people and share experiences. 

Miren. Female, 15. Enjoys biking, basketball, music, plays piano. Very well traveled, and has only been to NYC in the USA.

Arianna.  Female, 16.   Friendly, happy.  Likes basketball and skiing,spends her free time with instruments and music. 

Izaro. Female, 15. Enjoys spending time with her family, basketball, and all sports. Is close to her dog at home, too!

Maria. Female, 16.   A little shy at first, but kind and cheerful.  Likes tennis, swimming, biking, basketball, music, reading, shopping, traveling, cooking,  playing the piano and the ukalele, and animals. 

Nakane.  Female, 26. (Nakane is the chaperone for the group, and has done this program before.)  She likes going to the gym or movies, being with friends, and relaxing at home . She also enjoys dance, TV, music, photography, reading and cooking. 

BOYS

Haritz. Male, 16. Loves all animals, plays soccer. Also first time in the USA.  

Paul.  Male, 15.  Loves sports, especially soccer, basketball, volleyball, and skiing.  He has been in Scotland and England, but this will be his first time to the USA. 

Martxel. Male, 16.  Likes video games, being with friends, music, basketball and volleyball.  

Endika.   Male, 16.   Enjoys watching TV, painting, drawing, animals, basketball.  

2018 CALENDAR & SCHEDULE ! The three trips they will probably really want to do are the organized bus trips to Holyoke, Six Flags and Boston. Host siblings can go to these places, too! All the other gatherings are optional, and there is no stress allowed if you can't make it to them!

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ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM

End of August - middle of June

Hosting a full academic year student might fit into your family's lifestyle really well! The students come just before the school year starts, and go to classes at the local high school throughout the year. They participate in all the activities any high school student does: sports, arts, community events. Then, they go home shortly after the school year closes. Host families provide housing and food; they come with health insurance and spending money.

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Ten students have already been chosen for--and approved by--BUHS.  These are the remaining students scheduled to arrive in late August, and who will go to school at BUHS. Click on the student's name to see a "dear host family" letter and some basic information.  (After you are cleared to host, you'll see more information, and many photos!)  

Maria Begona, SPAIN. Female, 16, 11th grade. Likes basketball, alpine skiing, photography, writing and movies. She has been volunteering with older people and kindergarten students. She’s always wanted to visit the USA and is really excited about coming here and improving her English skills. (I love her photo with her dad!)
 
Leanne, GERMANY. Female, 16, 11th grade. Likes drama club, track & field (especially running), reading, listening to rock music, and weightlifting. She hopes to “meet people who inspire me” while she is here in the USA. Allergic to horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice. (Maybe a great match for someone involved with NEYT in the Brattleboro area?)
Chiara, ITALY.  Female, 16, 12th grade. Likes swimming, cross country skiing, cycling, cooking, playing musical instruments, computers, debate, design, film and video. Is excited about coming here, and notes that she “smiles for every little thing.” Also loves Latin American music—and cooking and baking. (I can imagine lots of happy times in the kitchen with music blaring!)
 
Panwad, THAILAND.  Female. 16, 11th grade. Plays dulcimer and guitar. Loves pets and animals (would love to have more contact with animals while here!). Enjoys photography, art, graphic design, architecture, fashion, design. Also spends time at a gym and enjoys sports like swimming, basketball, table tennis and skateboarding. (So many interests--she'll find so many things to do here in the USA!)
 Yixuan “David, CHINA. Male, 17, 12th grade. Likes bamboo flute (is the top flute player in his school), music theory (rewrites music and adds in melodies), band, jogging/long distance running (and competes in this), cycling (once did a 4-day trip of 10 hours a day), badminton, traveling, listening to pop music and student council. (This young man loves to take on a challenge!)
 
Manolo, MEXICO. 16, 11th grade. Music is really important to him, and he plays the bass, sometimes playing covers or his own music with a rock band he has created. (He loves Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.) He also likes reading. But truly, he’s very active, spending time playing volleyball or working out at a gym. He also hopes to be involved in the band while he is here. (Can you imagine him playing with a band here, too?)
Jannik, GERMANY. Male, 16, 11th grade. Interested in bicycling, swimming, ultimate frisbee, computers, crafts, tech crew, stagecraft, film and video, woodworking, skiing, snowboarding, being a DJ. He works with sounds and lights for theater at home, and loves sports. Summer has him with badminton, swimming, mountain biking, racing and ultimate frisbee; winter finds him skiing and snowboarding with his GoPro. He helps with the garden and has rabbits, plus enjoys woodworking and handyman work. (Sounds like someone who will fit well into New England!)
Theo, BELGIUM.  Male, 17. 12th grade.  Loves music!  He plays electric and acoustic guitar, and just started to learn the cello.  He is also very fond of nature, hiking and walking in the forest.  And he loves playing with his dog! 
OTHER SCHOOLS:  Here are some samples of students who are looking for placement.  Contact Jill to talk about other options if you want, too!  Click on the student's names to see a "dear host family: letter, and some basic information.  (After you are cleared to host, you'll see more information, and many photos!)
Paula, SPAIN. Female 15, 10th grade. Really loves dogs, but can’t have them at home because there is not enough space. Loves modern dancing, going to the gym. She also enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, shopping, having out with friends.  Also has specifically chosen Northeast Region. (Are there any dog lovers who would like to make her dream of being with a dog come true?)
Bruna, BRAZIL. Female. 16, 12th grade. Likes volleyball, soccer, bicycling, drama, aerobics, writing, acting (drama & theater) and reading. She hopes to someday be a cardiologist. (She's from the south of Brazil, so she's used to some colder weather--but she'll love seeing "real snow" in our region!)

DID YOU KNOW? 

You can host if you are a family with children--or without.  You can host if you're a single mom or dad, too!

If you need to travel, there are host families who will take your student temporarily!

If things do not work out, and you've tried to work through it unsuccessfully, we will find another placement for the student. Life is too short for hosts & students to be unhappy!

SOME PERSONAL THOUGHTS 

Last year, my family was not going to host.  It was just going to be something that I organized, and my family was going to participate occasionally in some of the events.  But, we ended up hosting when another family couldn't do it very close to the deadline. 

I'd honestly say that hosting Jon, our "Spanish-son-for-the-summer", was easily one of the highlights.  Why? 

I loved watching all three of my kids reach out and purposely be welcoming.  One invited Jon to go fishing, another asked him to go for a walk with the dogs.  Another would seek him out for card games on a lazy summer's afternoon.  Our family remembered how much fun some of those "boring things" really are--like the simple joys of eating lunch overlooking the river or roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Seeing our area through Jon's eyes made us realize how wonderful an area we live in.  Encouraging my children to utilize their school-learned Spanish language skills in a real way meant that now they are thinking about how useful this could be in life.  

Each family's experience is unique and no one is completely perfect.  (I would have preferred to never visit hospitals with Jon!)   But I am sure that if you can host, you, too, will be amazed at what the experience will mean for you and your family! 

Jill Stahl Tyler, Brattleboro, VT  

HOSTING CHANGES LIVES--YOURS AND THEIRS!

Eight years ago, we hosted Koldo.  This proved to be life-changing for our family.  After only a few days of having him in our home, we realized what an extraordinary experience we were having.  Since we were unable to live abroad for an extended period of time, having Koldo in our house was the next best thing. 

Our conversations covered every topic imaginable.  We enjoyed comparing life in Spain to lie in the United States.  Having him with us allowed for many of these conversations, giving our family a great understanding and respect for the Basque region of Spain. 

Koldo returned to us for three consecutive summers, followed by our son traveling to Spain to live with his family the following three summers.  To top it off, my husband and I traveled to Bilbao, Spain, to meet Koldo's family, and see this wonderful culture for ourselves.  We highly recommend that, if you have the opportunity to host a student, you seize the chance. 

Debbie Bunker, Brattleboro, VT