Our Students


American Councils works exclusively with high school (ages 15-17) scholarship students. Alumni include heads of state, educators, entrepreneurs, and more. They are exemplary citizens of their countries and carry their positive experience of the U.S.—especially their host parent or family—throughout their lives. Learn more about some of our Featured Students below.

    Whether she’s playing the violin or teaching herself to play the ukelele, Damaris from Estonia loves music. In addition to playing instruments, Damaris loves to sing and even writes her own songs. She took part in her first singing competiion when she was just 2 years old and has been in countless since then. Damaris is involved in various choirs and orchestras, and would love to perform her music for her new host family!

    Damaris has many other creative talents, and uses these skill every day to help improve her school and the experiences of her fellow students as the Student Council President. She has won several art Olympiad contests but acknowledges “Olympiads aren’t all about winning. I see them more as a way to improve myself.” Damaris spends a lot of her time at school organizing events, finding solutions to problems, and generating new ideas. She states “This part of my life gives me the most joy because I love to see how what I do can change students’ time in school for the better.”

    Spending time with family and friends is very important to Damaris, and they love to do such activities as attending volleyball and soccer games, going for walks, running, going to the gym, or just watching movies together. She’s really curious to try out new hobbies in the U.S., like photography, acting, or learning how to create digital music. Damaris can’t wait to meet you and start her American exchange year!

    For Coordinators: Click here to access this student's application materials, entering your assigned SECOND username and password when prompted. (This is not the same username and password used to access the LC Corner.)
    Please keep in mind that student photos and application materials may only be shared with individuals and host families who have completed the 2018-19 host family application and have been approved by American Councils for the 2018-19 program year.
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