SHARE! High School Exchange Program- WE LOVE THIS NON-PROFIT! The staff is second to none and the sense of personalized attention to all family and student matters is wonderful. Best volunteer decision we could have made for our family!
I don't usually answer the phone when caller ID shows an 800 number but for some reason I did. The recorded message invited me to consider taking in an exchange student for the upcoming school year. I thought "That sounds like it could be interesting." And that's when the great adventure began. I was contacted by Joan about the program and after deciding it was something we wanted to do, we found the new member of our family, Martina. We had a great time. Martina was a ball of energy, funny, sweet and very positive. We taught her about America and Utah and she taught us about Spain. All along the way, our Share representative was there if we had questions or needed anything. We still Skype with our student and I must admit, I miss the nights on the couch reading with her to help her understand the colloquialisms and subtleties of English. We got to meet her family over Skype and make friends with her friends as she went through her sophomore year of High School. I would highly recommend looking into the Share student exchange program. You never know when a great adventure awaits you. Thanks, Kelly Grover
We had such a wonderful experience having an exchange student in our home. She was so positive and excited about everything here. The Share program was such a great way to do this because they were such a great support to her and to us. The long term benefits of having an exchange student are still coming because we are great friends with her and her family too. It's a priceless experience!
We have hosted three exchange students through the SHARE program over the years. Each one has been a great experience. The local SHARE coordinators have been supportive and helpful in helping us orient the different students. Each student has come excited about their new adventure and willing to try new things. We have made lifetime friends with each student.
When we received a phone call asking if we wanted to host an exchange student from Japan, we excited for the new adventure but also a little nervous. It was fun to correspond and get to know her a little bit before she actually came to stay. She was such a sweet addition to our family. We appreciated all the phone calls and visits from the organization as we all adjusted to this new lifestyle. Joan and Tanya were always there to help answer questions and give support. We loved learning about life in another country and sharing new experiences with her. It was so fun to see her interact with our girls and for her to have some sisters. It was a wonderful experience for our family!
I had a great experience with this organization several years ago when I hosted a boy from Turkey for several months. I felt that the coordinator and organization were supportive of us as a host family. I would recommend this to others.
It was a great experience having an exchange student. We loved learning about her German culture and sharing ours with her. We were glad that we said yes to Joan and had 10 months of adventure with another "daughter." It was like watching a child on Christmas morning as she experienced life in the United States and Utah and helped us appreciate anew all the things we have here.
We have hosted foreign exchange students for 3 years, one of those years, hosting 2 students! It was a great learning experience for us as parents, as well as for our children.. We still feel a special connection with those students who became part of our family and our culture during the time they spent with us. As with any family, issues can arise, but we always felt supported by our coordinators, Joan (Morford) and Tonya (Duncan), and we knew we could turn to them if we needed help. They were well organized, involved, and caring in their approach, not only to the students, but to us as well.
My 2015 female student from Germany was delightful! She came to me polite, honest, considerate, with excellent English and good study skills. Her schooling in Germany was more advanced, but she enjoyed the interaction she was able to have with teachers here. She joined the lacrosse team to help her make friends as other sports of interest to her were already filled. She enjoyed heathy meals, was helpful especially decorating for Christmas, and blended well with my grown children and extended family! Sweetly shy, I assisted in getting her a date for prom which she wanted so much to attend, but she planned activities with other foreign exchange students and friends. She had excellent snowboarding skills learning on the Swiss Alps, so we introduced her to the love of her life, Snowbird, at minimal expense with hand-me-downs from my kids and a reduced deal on a student pass. I treated her as one of my own, not requiring her to pay for meals or family activities while her father covered school expenses. We are in constant contact still today and I have a standing invitation to her German home. I call her my German daughter! JoAn, who organized beautifully with regular follow-through, assured me I would have a good experience and she was almost right ....I had a great experience! I did request one adjustment with the principal of our large high school enrollment, asking if they would consider introducing the foreign exchange students next year in opening assemblies so local students would recognize them and hopefully say "hi," helping them feel welcome.
We fell in love with our exchange student! She came to us because she needed a new placement in the area. Joan handled things in a marvelous way and made it very smooth for all involved. Our student had a wonderful experience as well, and has since come back to visit our family, and we periodically have FaceTime calls with her. She is hoping we will come visit her too. I think a lifelong friendship has developed. I would recommend hosting a student, and I am especially thankful for Joan's help.
We had a fantastic experience with our exchange. We stepped in at the last, when the original family had a family emergency, and Joan came to our home and helped orient us. Joan and Tonya helped answer questions and make a smooth transition. We were very pleased with the whole process, and our student wants to return.