Maria del Mar Obando

Maria del Mar Obando

Placed with Johnson family.   15 years old.  She goes by the name "Mar".  She lives in Badajoz with her mother, stepfather and 2 younger brothers.  Her mother is an Economist and her stepfather is a Veterinarian.  Her father is also an Economist.  She loves sports, plays paddle often, and she loves spending time with her family.
Andrea Cantera

Andrea Cantera

Placed with Gonzales family  18 years old.  She lives in Valladolid with her parents and younger brother.  She went to Ireland for 3 weeks last year, and she is excited to come here, for the first time, to improve her English, make friends, and learn about the USA customs and culture.  She's a nice, outgoing girl, that's very easy to talk to.   Her hobbies are painting, making jewelry, and listening to music.  Her favorite sports are volleyball, skiing and surfing.  She's been surfing for 2 years, but only on holidays.  This is her first time traveling to the US on her own.  She's a little nervous, but very excited to meet new and amazing people!  She will be going to University this Fall, studying either psychology or primary education.
Irati Alegria

Irati Alegria

Placed with Agtarap family.  15 years old.  She lives near Bilbao, on the northern coast of Spain, with her parents and brother.  Her brother will be joining her on this trip, and they would like to stay together with the same host family.  She likes sports and does ballet during the week.  She likes to hang out with friends and walk around the city.  She has never been to California and is very excited to come here. She and her brother need separate rooms, but same host family.  They can share a room with an American teen of the same sex.
Asier Alegria

Asier Alegria

Placed with Agtarap family.  16 years old.  He lives near Bilbao, on the northern coast of Spain, with his parents and sister.  His sister will be joining him on this trip, and they would like to stay together with the same host family.  He LOVES sports... all sports!!! He used to play soccer, but now he is practicing Kempo, a form of martial arts.  He likes extreme sports, as well. He likes to travel and has never been to California, so he is excited to see something new! He and his sister need separate rooms, but same host family.  They can share a room with an American teen of the same sex.
Lluisa Palmer

Lluisa Palmer

Placed with Wright family. 16 years old.  She lives in Palma de Mallorca with her parents.  Her father is a Commercial Tech and her mother is a lawyer.  She would like to be in a family that eats a healthy diet.  She loves to dance classical ballet and has done so since she was 3 years old.  She loves all animals, especially dogs, and has a Golden Retriever in her home.   She loves to travel and learn about different cultures.  Her family and friends are very important to her.  She is very excited to see California, a place she has only seen in the movies!
Ana Isabel Martin

Ana Isabel Martin

Placed with Pollock family. 18 years old.  She lives near Madrid with her parents and younger sister.  Her father is a manager and her mother is a housewife.  She has an advanced level of English!  She is studying Tourism and Business Management at the University.  Visiting California will be a dream come true for her.  She is cheerful, friendly and funny.  She loves music, shopping, movies, fashion, photography, reading and animals.   She loves traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people.  She's not really into sports, but does like to swim.
Francisco Garcia- LEADER

Francisco Garcia- LEADER

Placed with Perkins family.  28 years old.  He lives in Valladolid.  He is a teacher and has degrees in English & Literature, Spanish, and Humanities studies.  He has been leading groups of Spanish students since he was 18 years old.  He has a joyful, ironic, easy-going, peaceful & talkative character.  He's a hard worker.  He is a non-smoker.
Alvaro Lopez

Alvaro Lopez

Placed with Irribarren family. 15 years old.  He lives in Madrid with his parents.  His father is a bank clerk and his mother is a teacher.  He is an only child.  He likes swimming and used to swim competitively.  He likes to listen to music, hang out with friends, travel, read comics, go to the movies, and play videogames.  He has been to New York before, but is excited to visit California for the first time.
Marieta Becerro

Marieta Becerro

Placed with Harris family. 17 years old.  She lives in Madrid with her parents, sister and cat.  Her father is a financial analyst and her mother is an advertising writer.  Her level of English is advanced.  She enjoys watching movies and playing sports with her family in the evenings and on weekends.  She wants to study aerospace/aeronautical engineering.  Her favorite subjects are math, chemistry, and technology.  She is a competitive skier and spends a lot of time training for that.  She has a mixed group of friends, where each of them are very different when it comes to studies, thoughts and ambitions.  She must get along well with everyone.  She has never been to the USA, so she is excited to improve her English and get to know another lifestyle.
Laura Minguez

Laura Minguez

Placed with Jones family. 15 years old (She'll turn 16 during her stay here, on August 5!).  She lives in Valladolid with her parents and younger sister. She loves shopping, hanging out with friends, listening to music (One Direction is her favorite!)  She also enjoys spending time with her family, going on trips or playing sports.  She played volleyball when she was younger, but has stopped so she could study English.  She loves English and is really hoping to improve her English skills during her homestay.
Javier Ferrera

Javier Ferrera

 Placed with Barham family.  17 years old.  He lives in Badajoz with his mother (his father passed away recently).  He is an only child, but has many cousins that he is very close to.  He tries to make time to spend with his family and friends.  He enjoys listening to music, going to the cinema, and playing sports.  He likes all sports, but his favorite sport is soccer.  He is hard-working and wants to study medicine, although his dream since childhood is to be an actor.  He loves animals.  He can't have any pets in his home, so he enjoys playing with his friends pets.  He does a lot of volunteer work, working with children, and people with Down Syndrome.  He is cheerful, friendly and sociable.  He is very excited about coming to California, learning about our culture, and spending time with his host family.