This is a small group of 12 students coming from the Marista schools in Spain.  They will have surf camp at Ponto Beach, as well as three ESL classes  held at National University in Carlsbad, and four full day excursions.
The group arrives on June 30 and departs on July 28.
Host families for this group must live in Encinitas, Leucadia, and La Costa.

LEADER- Iria Rodriguez

LEADER- Iria Rodriguez

Placed with Strasmann family.  35 years old.  She will have a birthday on July 23, during the program!!  She is a primary school teacher.  She is open-minded.  She loves animals and children.  She likes playing sports, and reading books.  She does not smoke.  No allergies.
Jorge Saavedra

Jorge Saavedra

Placed with Cooper family.  13 years old.  He lives in Ourense with his parents, who are both lawyers, and his 11 year old brother, and 5 year old sister.  He has celiac disease, so he must eat a gluten free diet.  He likes sports, especially soccer and basketball, music, animals, nature, fishing, and outdoor activities.  He hopes to have a host brother that he can become friends with and invite to his home in Spain.  He loves to sing and dance. He hopes to learn more English, but he is most excited about having an American family and friend to keep in touch with.  He hates to say goodbye when he becomes attached to someone.  He is also excited to see new places, and learn about different cultures and ways of life.
Nerea Rodriguez

Nerea Rodriguez

Placed with Heit family.  13 years old.  She lives in Ourense with her parents and younger brother.  Her father is a bank employee, and her mother is a civil servant.  She is allergic to cats, rabbits, and kiwi fruit.  She likes sports, and plays in a volleyball club.  She likes music, especially she loves dancing and singing.  She loves animals, and is saddened that she is allergic to her two favorite... cats and rabbits.  She likes reading in her free time.  This will be her first home stay experience, and she is very excited about it.  She is excited about coming to California, meeting new people and learning our customs.  She is really excited to go to our beaches and to learn to surf.
Raquel Anta

Raquel Anta

Placed with Williams family 15 years old.  She lives in Ourense with her parents and older brother.  Her father is a sales manager, and her mother is a pharmacist.  She likes sports, listening to music, watching tv, and sightseeing.  This will be her first time in the USA.  She enjoys children.
Laura Basanta

Laura Basanta

Placed with Conrad family.  16 years old.  She lives in Ourense with her parents.  Her father is a psychologist, and her mother is a housewife.  She likes to discover new places.  She used to play basketball a lot, but not so much now because she is too busy studying.  She loves going to the beach.  She likes listening to music, and dancing.  She is looking forward to meeting her new American family.
Iria Sanchez

Iria Sanchez

Placed with Martin family (6/30-7/6) & Souter family (7/6-7/28). 15 years old.  She lives in Ourense with her parents, who are both doctors, and her younger brother.  She is very close to her family and they spend a lot of time together.  She likes to travel and discover new places.  She is a good student and gets good grades.  She loves basketball, and plays on a city team.  She is very friendly, laughing all day with a big smile, and she always cheers up sad people.  She also loves going to the beach, shopping, listening to music, and watching tv.  She likes all foods and is not a picky eater. She is looking forward to improving her English, learning about our country and way of life, and getting to know her new family.
Fatima Gomez

Fatima Gomez

Placed with the Latchford family. 15 years old.  She lives in Ourense with her parents and older brother.  Her father is a businessman, and her mother is a teacher.  Her brother is working in Los Angeles at this time.  She loves going to the movies, listening to music, and taking pictures.  Her father travels a lot for business.  He loves traveling and always encourages his kids to travel.  Her mother is the best cook in the world, and Fatima says that she'd be a really nice person if she didn't make her eat her vegetables... but nobody is perfect!  She is looking forward to meeting her host family, and is sure that she will consider you her second family!  P.S. She doesn't like vegetables.
Marta de Alfonso

Marta de Alfonso

Placed with the Hoehn family (6/30- 7/14) and the Terral family (7/14 to 7/28) 17 years old. She lives in Ourense with her parents and younger brother.  She also has a 22 year old sister.  She has never left Spain, so she is extremely excited to come to California to see new places, meet new people, and enjoy her time here.  She is a funny, cheerful, and adaptable girl.  She likes to go shopping, traveling, seeing new places and taking lots of pictures.  She also likes water parks and the beach... or any water activities.  She loves many sports, but her favorite is basketball.   She likes music, especially pop music, but she can dance and sing all kinds.  She is an active girl and likes to stay pretty busy during the day.  She prefers a home without animals, as spiders, snakes, cats and big dogs scare her.  She is a responsible girl and likes to help out around the house.  She looks forward to improving her English, and spending an unforgettable month with her new family.
Alvaro Lopez

Alvaro Lopez

Placed with Gahlhoff family.  16 years old.  He lives in Lugo with his parents.  His father is a businessman of construction, and his mother is a stay at home mom.  He has an older bother who lives away from home and goes to University.  He likes sports a lot, especially soccer.  He also plays tennis, and likes to play video games.  He likes to eat pizza, hamburgers, meat, rice and vegetables.  He would like to be in a family with another teenager his age.
Antonio Fernandez

Antonio Fernandez

Placed with Recce family.  15 years old.  His nickname is Toti.  He lives in Ourense with his parents and younger brother.  His father is a doctor, and his mother is an economist.  He wants to become a doctor, like his father.  He likes listening to music, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.  He also likes sports, likes paddle and soccer (soccer is what he really loves).  He plays soccer on his schools team.  He has always wanted to come to California, so he is very excited for this summer!
Gonzalo Espeso

Gonzalo Espeso

Placed with Matrone family. 14 years old.  He lives in Ourense with his parents and sister.  His father is a bank employee, and his mother is a pharmacist. He loves soccer and trains 3 times a week with his team.  He likes to swim and needs to as therapy for his back.  He also loves sailing and has sailing lessons in the summer.  He likes hanging out with friends and playing video games.  He loves animals, especially dogs and cats.  He is looking forward to meeting his new family and learning our culture and lifestyle.
Yago Blanco

Yago Blanco

Placed with Whatnall family 16 years old (He will turn 17 during the program, on July 25).  He lives in Ourense with his parents and younger sister (and Cocker Spaniel).  His father is a surgeon, and his mother is a nurse.  He likes sports, and plays basketball with his friends and on his school team.  He also likes swimming and kayaking.  He likes soccer but doesn't play very well.  He likes to travel and has traveled a lot with his family.  He looks forward to meeting his new American family and practicing his English.
Iago Alonso

Iago Alonso

Placed with Ianniciello family.  15 years old.  He lives in Lugo with his parents and younger sister.  His father is a businessman (coffee business owner), and his mother is a bank employee.  He loves all sports, especially basketball and plays on a basketball team.  He also likes golf and Formula 1.  He is interested in new sports and excited to learn to surf.  He really likes hamburgers, meats and pastas, but doesn't like cheese.  He would like to be in a host family with another teenager close to his age.