Sanzhar has had a great start to his exchange year! As a straight A student, Sanzhar is already excelling in classes at his host school. He has also joined several clubs including dance club, the academic team, Model UN, and Interact. He is looking forward to joining his high school’s swim team once the season begins.
Sanzhar takes advantage of every exciting opportunity offered to him. He recently participated in a community bike ride where he rode a personal best of eleven miles and finished in fifth place! When a musically inclined family friend was visiting, Sanzhar learned how to play several chords on the ukulele. He recently accompanied a friend to a Toastmaster's club meeting for the first time, where he won an award for his speech in a table topics discussion competition! Sanzhar has also attended a play and traveled to Nashville.
As an active member of his host community, Sanzhar has already begun completing community service projects, including volunteering in a local elementary school, where he gave dictionaries to fourth graders, and volunteering at a concession stand to benefit his school marching band.
Sanzhar is already very close with his host family, the Miller family, and his host brother, an exchange student from Turkey. Sanzhar has enjoyed several hikes with his host family, as well as visiting the ocean for the first time. He has also enjoyed visiting the Virginia state capital building. In addition, Sanzhar has already met his extended host family members in other states.
Sanzhar is very outgoing and often approaches new people at school and community events to introduce himself. As a youth ambassador, he enjoys talking to new people about his home country of Kazakhstan.