2012-13 Exchange Students
Town & Country: Valencea, Venezuela
Family: Lived with the Swoboda family in Mountain Lake
Travels: Costa Rica, Aruba and EEUU
Goals: My goals are that when I go back to Venezuela I want to go to the university and study Social Communications, Interior Design, and become a musician.
School and Activities: We don't have Video Editing and Food Fab Food classes. Here is really different from here because most of the time we speak Spanish.
Foods: We don't eat a lot of hamburgers or cereals in the morning. We eat arepas in the morning. Meals are more home-made.
Climate: The climate here is really cold. We don't have snow in Venezuela, just sunny days and raining days.
Fashion: In Venezuela, we use clothes that show more skin, because it is really hot there.
(Nickname Hide "Hee-day")
Town & Country: Near Tokyo, Japan
Family: My dad is an insurance salesman and my mother is a nurse. I have two older brothers.
Host Family: John and Mary Newton are my host parents. I also have an exchange brother Alex from Taiwan.
Hobbies: Tap dancing; Tennis and the Japanese Tea Ceremony; Playing the electric organ (mainly jazz); Downhill skiing; Skateboarding; Watching movies
Travels: I've been to Los Angeles
Goals: To be fluent in English and eventually use it in a career.
School & Activities: In Japan, classes stay together and teacher moves from class to class and we wear uniforms.
Food: Favorite Japanese food is sushi / Favorite American food is brownies
Climate: Where I live it is warmer and more humid than Minnesota. It snows mostly in the mountains, but sometimes in Tokyo.
Fashion: American styles are more casual. I prefer hip-hop style.
Other differences: There are no taxes on food and clothing in Minnesota!
Town & Country: Caracas, Venezuela
Family: Mom, Ivette, and Dad, Ricardo Munoz, and one brother, Ricardo.
Host Family: Deb and Frank Wallert, Lydia and Austin
Hobbies: Play drums; Practice Motocross
Travels: Quito, Ecuador, and traveled around Venezuela
Goals: I want to be a commercial pilot.
School & Activities: The school in Venezuela was very small. This school is like 10 or 15 times bigger.
Food: Typical Venezuelan food (empanada and arepa)
Climate: It's a tropical area.
Fashion: We wear uniforms.
Other differences: It has a small cafeteria, too.