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Eight AFS Exchange Students Still in Need of Placement for 2019-20 School Year


Highlands still seeks host families for AFS foreign exchange students this upcoming school year. The Western PA Area Team still has 8 students to place with families. Learn more below about the boys and girls in need of placement. For more information about hosting, please contact Kathy Harenski as soon as possible at or 412-848-3952.

Berkay from Turkey, 17, loves languages, team sports, chess, puzzles, spending time with friends, and dinner with his family.  He has a part-time job and earned a full scholarship to come to the U.S.
Ziad from Saudi Arabia, 16, is an active athlete and outgoing leader who loves to live life to its fullest.  He aspires to be an astronaut and start a space company. He earned a full scholarship to spend the year in the U.S. There isn’t a sport he doesn’t play: volleyball, soccer, archery, free diving, swimming, squash, etc.
Thamonwan or “Numking” from Thailand, 16, enjoys nature, astronomy, after school clubs, playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and trying new foods. She is eager to get involved in family, school, and community life.
Rizu from Japan, 15, is a competitive table tennis (ping pong) player who understands teamwork and hard work.  She enjoys watching baseball and weekend meals with her family as well as reading books in her free time.
Wimonnat or “Bee” from Thailand, 16, is a kind soul who enjoys singing and playing the piano as well as swimming, cooking, baking desserts, taking photos, and watching thriller movies.  She looks forward to experiencing U.S. holidays and winter!
Kenshin from Japan, 15, is a basketball player who easily makes friends with teammates and classmates. He enjoys getting ice cream after basketball practices, trips to the amusement park, and just sitting around chatting with people.
Thanatchaya or “New” from Thailand, 16, has many hobbies including playing piano and violin, singing, dancing, and photography.  She enjoys large-group activities and would be interested in trying cheerleading if given the opportunity.
Guangxian of “James” from China, 15, is an easy-going guy who enjoys singing and playing the drums as well as playing basketball and badminton.  He also likes reading mysteries or history books and watching movies with his family. 


For over 70 years, AFS has given families in the U.S. the opportunity to enrich their lives by connecting them with international exchange students. Thousands of families have seen the benefits of welcoming future world leaders into their homes with AFS, inspiring a new generation of global citizens with a deeper understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, AFS is accepting applications for families to welcome exchange students on scholarships from over 90 countries to live and study in America for a year, a semester or 6 to 12 weeks.

Before you know it, you'll be a proud AFS Host Family.

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