International Exchange Students Coming To Arizona This Fall


A nonprofit exchange program is inviting Payson families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year.

The teenagers come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment.

STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Here are a few of the incoming students that are requesting families:

Melanie is 16 and comes from a small village called Lunteren in the Netherlands. Her dad is an insurance agent and her mom works in a little boutique. She has two older brothers named Patrick and Dennis. Melanie enjoys horse riding, photography, soccer and being with her family. She considers herself to be a happy and positive person. Melanie is a good student and her teachers describe her as a hard worker. She will go to the USA for the full year and is very excited about meeting her new family wherever she gets placed.

Daniel is 17 and comes from Coche-Caracas in Venezuela. His mother and father both work at the electric company. Daniel has an older sister who was also an exchange student. Daniel’s hobbies and interests include soccer, music, meeting friends and watching movies. He is part of the soccer team and enjoys it very much. His parents say that he is a polite and responsible teenager and will be a real asset to his new host family.

Frederic is 17 and comes from a little village in Croix Blande France where he lives with his mother and sister Gabrielle. His favorite hobbies are playing rugby, riding horses and jogging. Fredrick trains with his rugby team at school. He likes to go skiing in the winter time. He loves American culture and hopes to improve his English while he is here. His teacher describes him as being a bright young man with a very pleasant personality.

Liv is 17 and comes from Well in the Netherlands. Her father works as a truck mechanic and her mother is an administrative assistant. Liv has two sisters ages 18 and 12. She speaks English, German, French and Dutch. She loves dancing, jazz and ballet. She also enjoys drawing and shopping with her friends. She describes herself as being polite, patient and cheerful. 

For questions about these and other students, call or e-mail Mary Leonhardt or Craig Taddiken at 800-522-4678 —


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