My name is Pablo and I live in a city in the south of Spain.
First of all, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I really appreciate the effort you make to open your home to a stranger, who I hope will become part of your family.
My family is small, and I live in a flat with my parents and my brother in a neighborhood at the north-east of the city. My father is physicist and he works in a hospital in radiotherapy department. He loves animals, in our country house we have hens and birds and I have always liked helping taking care of them and also helping at the vegetable patch. My mother is also physicist and she works for a renewable energy company designing wind farms. She works a lot and she is always up-to-date with the things at home. The most special member of my family is my brother, who is older, and although he is autistic, he enjoys a lot watching people of his environment. He goes to a special school. He loves going for walks and watching the videos with photos of the family and his favorite music that I make to him. I am the smallest and I love my family. We go together almost everywhere. Talking about the rest of my family, the closest ones and the ones that spend a lot of time with us are my aunts. If my father, my mother and I go for a trip and my brother does not come, my aunts take care of him.
Studying abroad next year is a great challenge; my parents have been telling me about that since many years and since I started studying Compulsory Secondary Education I was sure that going abroad to study a year was a great idea. I personally wanted to go to United States and it was very exciting for me, and more now that I can see that it is becoming real. I am very excited to know from inside how living in US is, to live with an American family and in their life style, share my day to day with them, go to high school, make new friends, know how the classes are there like, play basketball and becoming part in a team. Meeting new landscapes and new cities.
Sometimes I think that it would be difficult for me to fit in a family that I do not know from before, but I later realize that a family that offer itself to take in a teenager has to be an open family and I trust that they will help me in what I need. The high school does not scare me that much, I know that at the beginning it will be difficult because of the language but I will try my best, I will do it the best way possible. Now that it is getting closer I also get nervous, a whole year far from my family is going to be hard and although Skype exists I am going to miss them a lot; I assume that but this adventure, this opportunity, I cannot let it go.
In a normal day I spend my time in the classes at the high school in the mornings, it takes me ten minutes by car to get to the high school and my father takes me there, when classes finish I sometimes return walking. My high school is a secular secondary education, it has 1000 students approximately. My favorite class this year is geography and history although I also like mathematics, physics, biology and English. We are 31 students in class, I get on well with all of them but in my group of friends we are 11, we spend all the breaks together and we like playing soccer or talking about our things.
I dedicate the afternoons to do the high school homework, the English academy and four days a week I train basketball with my actual team. Basketball is my great passion and I would very much like to be able to play it in the States.
As you can see I am very busy all the week but at home I help doing what I can, making the bed, tidying my bedroom, laying the table.
At weekends I usually go to the bakery to buy bread, help my mother in the kitchen not cooking… but helping her placing the clean plates from the dishwasher. I do not know what is going to be like there but I will be ready to help with whatever my US family needs.
At the weekends I have basketball matches, we play a provincial league; my brother likes watching my basketball matches. My father and I are supporters of the local team and we go to the stadium to see the matches, I meet and go with my friends there. We also go to our country house at weekends and sometimes my uncles, aunts, cousins or friends come to have a day.
I am a normal guy, responsible, organized, sincere, funny, prudent, worker but sometimes I relax and I like the things that any person of my age would like. I like playing PlayStation4 (sports games NBA2K and FIFA), and as you have already observed I really like sport.
In particular I love basketball, I spend most of my free time playing basketball; I started playing with 7 years and since there I have not stopped. I entered to low age categories and when I reached “infantil” age category (11-13 years) I entered in the youth academy of the team of my city. It was fantastic because I competed at a national level; we went to other cities of Spain to compete against the best teams, it has been an unique experience. Last year at “infantil” category I played as Shooting Guard. This year there is not a “cadete” category (14 years) team so I had to change of club; and now I play as Point Guard. The next course there I would like to continue playing basketball, be part of a team and play in a league. This is one of my priorities because I would like to play the whole course, if it cannot be possible to play in the high school, in a different club of the city. I love this environment, basketball really makes friends. Also, there in US, basketball is played with a different style than the one we have here, I have a lot to learn and we could share our differences.
Since I was a child, I have been spending 15 days of summer in English immersion and sports camps. One of the most important experiences for me was when I went to a camp in Ireland without my parents and with three other friends when I was only 9 years old. I have learnt a lot but this experience is going to be different to the ones before, I am not only going to improve my English, I am going to learn a lot more, to be more independent, I am going to meet another way of life, different from mine here in Spain full of new things to learn about: family, high school, culture and a lot of English…
To say goodbye I would like to say big thanks to the family that is going to take me into its house, I really appreciate their effort and interest they show to share their everyday life with me.
I hope this letter will help you to have an idea of how I am and what I like. Best regards and see you soon!