High School Students to Japan: Student application

Tia Van  (Girl)

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Contact information
Family information:

Parent / guardian: Lai Hoang
Parent / guardian: Lily Van

Street Address:


Personal information

High school: Denver Center For International Studies
Graduates in: 2017
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 1999/01/31


 A message to my host family: 

Hello, nice to meet you! Just wanted to say some other things about me.

I enjoy cooking a lot, specifically cooking pastries.

Also, I can't wait to meet you.

I'm very excited to be able to create memories with you in Japan!

See you soon!


Allergies or medical concerns:

I do not have any allergies.

Hobbies and special interests:

My hobbies include swimming, dancing, singing, acting, and fil making. I also will be creating a documentary this year as a project with my school to show my film making skills. Also being able to dance and sing is everything to me.

School and community activities:

I am a part of the DCIS Mongolian club, the West Swim Team, and I am about to enter National Honors Society, and will be a part of Ambassadors for DCIS. ('DCIS' stands for Denver Center for Interantional Studies: the name of my school.) I do community service for the temple and church for 40 hours a year, and I help with school service for 20 hours a year.

Special achievements:

I have gotten accepted into the Denver University Summer College program, and have been chosen for a walk-in audition for my vocal abilities. I have performed in over 15 plays and productions. I have also been awarded the yearly Gifted and Talented award since kindergarten.

Trip-related background
  • Japanese language ability:
    • Conversation: Intermediate
    • Reading: Intermediate
    • Writing: Intermediate



  • Previous travel experience:
    • I have only traveled out of country to Canada, so I have very little travel experience out of country, but I travel a lot in country.



What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:

What I like about Japanese culture is their traditional folk tales, folk music, legends, and ceremonies. I'm a very traditional person so I enjoy learning about other cultures traditions. I find the Japanese school system very interesting, it is very different than the school system I am in and used to.

What I hope to get from this adventure:

What I hope to get from this adventure in Japan is learn more about the Japanese culture and put the six years of Japanese I have learned to good use. I also would like to advance my Japanese speaking skills by being surrounded by Japanese speakers, which forces me to speak efficiently and f