Name: Amal Nchachti

Age: 17

Where are you from? Morocco

Why did you want to be an exchange student? I was motivated by the desire to live an unusual experience. I decided to visit the US, not as a tourist, but a foreign exchange student so I can learn from different places and from my experiences inside the ccommunity.

What sponsoring organization is your exchange experience through? American Councils

Did you want to come to the U.S. or did you consider other countries? I’ve always wanted to visit different other countries, but the U.S. was always on my top three and since I couldn’t find any program that offers going to other countries, I decided to come to the U.S.

Did you want to come to Iowa or did you think about going to other states? I didn’t get to pick where I wanted to go, but if I had to, I would have chosen a state that is either on the West or the East Coast. But I like Iowa.

What do you think of Colo, Zearing and McCallsburg? These towns are small compared to my city where I live back home, but that doesn’t change anything. I live the same life as I always do.

What do you like best about Colo-Nesco High School? What I like about Colo-Nesco High School is that it is a small school. It was easy for me to make friends and the teachers are really helpful.

Are you involved in any activities here? basketball

What are the biggest differences here compared to where you are from? 1) educational system and the fact that Americans give a lot of importance to sports; 2) A lot of people don’t know a lot about other countries.

What things are similar here compared to where you are from? People are crazy about technology. Teenagers are always on their phones and so are we back in Morocco.

What is the best thing you’ve had to eat in America? chocolate chip cookies, Reese’s and waffles

Who are the members of your family back home? father, Driss; mother, Najar; sister, Hanane; brother, Amine and sister, Farah

Who are the members of your family here? host dad, Ray; host mom, Sarah; host sisters, Sadie, Ricki, Shyann; host brothers, Patrick, Alex, Andrew and Asher

What places in the U.S. do you hope to visit while you are here? San Francisco, The Grand Canyon

When do you return to your home country? June 20

Will you pursue more education or a career when you return? I’ll be a senior next year

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I am thinking of coming back to the U.S. for college.