Get to know 4 exchange students from Malaysia

Looking to discover a new culture? Here's one way that you can bring new cultural experiences into your family's life.

In January, 45 Malaysian high school students will eagerly begin a semester-long exchange program in the U.S. in January. They're all recipients of a full academic scholarship from the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.

From January to June, these students will attend U.S. high schools and live with American host families, sharing cultures and creating international connections. Out of the 45 students, 14 of them will be hosted through AFS-USA's host family program, which matches over 2,000 American families with exchange students from around the world each year.

Get to know four of these young scholars now by hearing them introduce themselves in the videos below, or scroll down to read about their hobbies and interests.

Jun Hao (M) is looking forward to experiencing new cultures, traditions, and ways of life. He has demonstrated his motivation and diligence in academics and is an active member of his school community. Jun Hao hopes to one day pursue a career as a surgeon. In addition to medicine and anatomy, he is interested in learning about psychology and people's personalities. Jun Hao enjoys helping his friends solve difficult problems in a variety of subjects at school. He likes to take weekend trips with his parents and sister from their small town to the larger city nearby.

Muhammad Hilmi's (M) teachers say he possesses an unwavering self-esteem and strives to do his best at everything he does. As the youngest of nine siblings, Hilmi enjoys telling stories and watching movies with his family. His interests include playing soccer, reading, and listening to music. With his best friends, he enjoys writing poems and playing soccer on the weekends. Hilmi sees this exchange program as a step toward his dream of becoming an English teacher. He hopes to learn as much as possible as he gets to know his American host family and looks forward to his time in the U.S.

Raveenadevi (F) is a diligent and creative student who comes from a close-knit family. She is a cheerful girl who believes that being happy is the best gift. In her spare time, Raveenadevi can often be found helping her parents around the house or spending time with her older brother. She maintains a healthy lifestyle and exercises regularly with her friends. During her time in the U.S., Raveenadevi looks forward to doing community service and learning more about American culture. Her long-term goals are to study medicine and become a neurosurgeon so that she can help others.

Umi Nabila's (F) teachers describe her as self-motivated, friendly and dependable. As the youngest of 5 kids, she enjoys supporting and spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, Nabila participates in many different interests. Her favorite is Taekwondo because it keeps her physically and mentally healthy and also teaches her skills for the future. Hoping to one day become a lecturer in French, she plans to study language and linguistics. She is excited to share Malaysian traditions and culture with her host family and community while also learning more about the U.S.

If your family is curious about exchange students and how to become a host family with AFS-USA, fill out the interest form on the right and we’ll get in touch with you.

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