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Of course, Julian misses aspects of Swiss culture, particularly biking or taking public transportation most everywhere he wanted to go locally. "In Wellesley, I have to ask for a ride to friends' houses, and I feel bad bothering my host parents," explains Julian. Fortunately he has made new friends through the novel experience of playing on school teams — both the WHS varsity soccer and varsity ski teams — as well as in his academic classes. And while Julian misses his friends in Switzerland, he stays in touch through Instagram and WhatsApp text messages, since neither one incurs charges beyond the standard Internet data plan. Welcome an AFS Student and a Broader Worldview Julian lives with host parents Ria Stolle and Langdon Andrews and their teen daughters Kayla, Faith, and Loren. For several years the girls had been asking to host an exchange student, but their parents, busy with demanding careers, were ambivalent. Since all three sisters were unwilling to give up their rooms, it wasn't until Kayla graduated from high school and decided on a gap year of travel that hosting a student was even a possibility and that Ria and Langdon finally looked into AFS in earnest. They read profiles of AFS students from around the world who wanted to spend a year in the US and were impressed by the caliber of the students. "These are motivated students willing to return home and be a grade behind, as their year in the US does not count in their home country," explains Ria. The AFS staffer Ria spoke to suggested they host a boy for a year. "I thought having a boy in our family would be a bonus learning experience in addition to gaining a broader perspective on the differences in people's lives," says Langdon. The family picked Julian because of shared interests in soccer and skiing and his apparent mellow personality and good sense of humor. Their impressions were correct. "Having Julian as part of the family feels as if we hit the jackpot," says Ria. "We are going to miss him a lot when he goes home." About five years ago, the Novakoff Susser family of Weston hosted an AFS student from Zaporizhzhya in Ukraine, the country from which Karen Novakoff 's paternal grandfather emigrated in 1913. "I try to expose my daughter Sarah to as many experiences as possible to get her out of the bubble we live in," explains Karen. "Since Sarah is an only child, I thought having an older role model would be an added benefit of welcoming a student into our household." 118 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 SIX BENEFITS OF STUDYING ABROAD (Adapted from AFS's website) 1 2 3 4 5 6 STAND OUT ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS… think about the value of an AFS experience versus one more AP course or extracurricular experience LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE… immersion is one of the most effective ways to master another language GAIN A NEW PERSPECTIVE… as a global citizen EXPLORE THE WORLD IN HIGH SCHOOL… gain new skills and experiences that can broaden your future EMBARK ON AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME… "exciting," "rewarding," "memorable" — words AFS students often use to describe their time abroad MAKE LIFELONG CONNECTIONS… join a global network of 325,000 AFS alumni AFS Intercultural Programs J A N N O W A K

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