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Causes: Education

Mission: SHARE! is a global nonprofit educational foundation. Our mission is to create opportunities for greater tolerance and understanding between Americans and peoples of the world. Each year, the SHARE! High School Exchange Program selects and sponsors approximately 750 exchange students, between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, to experience life in the United States by living with Host Families and attending local public high schools for one semester or a full academic year.

Results: 530 students were placed this school year with wonderful volunteer host families.

Target demographics: Host an Exchange Student!

Direct beneficiaries per year: place more than 550 international high school exchange students have the American experience of a lifetime while living with their volunteer host family

Geographic areas served: international education and travel

Programs: SHARE! places over 550 international high school exchange student's a year between the ages of 15-18 with volunteer host families. SHARE! families are diverse! Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults, and retired couples all make wonderful host families. Any adult with a safe, clean, loving environment, is encouraged to host. Host families provide: A bed, 3 meals a day as well as a loving environment, friendship and a desire to share American culture. The host family may also choose their own student that best fits into their family from over 25 countries from around the world! SHARE! Students all speak English, come fully medically insured and with their own spending money for personal expenses. They attend the host family’s local high school for a school year or semester. Contact SHARE! today at 800-941-3738 or sharesouthwest.org to start your adventure of a lifetime! Also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharesouthwest

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Melanie60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are currently hosting a German foreign exchange student. It has been so much fun to learn about another culture. Our student fits in perfectly with our family; it is like having another daughter! Having her here has led us to visit many of the tourist locations that we never seem to have time to visit. It has been a wonderful experience! We love our coordinator who checks in regularly to make sure everything is going well.

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ycoffman Thank you melanie60 for your great feedback. We are so happy your family is enjoying the experiences of SHARE!ing your heart & home.

Jennifer304

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adding a plate to our table has proven to be THE best way for our family to grow. As host mom, I appreciate this opportunity to live with cultural compassion in my own home. My children have the daily practice of sharing their American culture with a teen who wants to learn. And my student is excited to teach us about her home traditions. We gain a new family member each time we host! I'm grateful for this organization and their faithfulness to me and our exchange student.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Start with SHARE! I feel the organization has been helpful, yet not intruding, as a host mom. The level of respect I have been shown as a host home is second to none. The young people are welcomed into homes and expect nothing but friendship. Our family has opened our hearts to SHARE! exchange students since 2002 and each season is a new reason to live life together.

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1 Kimberly162

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our exchange student, Leon, came to us on January 4th. We have been having a wonderful time experiencing the mixture of both of cultures in our home. It sure is nice to have this time in our lives to share American life with such a deserving, respectful young man ❤

1 Darlene44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share! is a great organization! It helps foreign exchange students to experience life in America & provides support for them to make sure it is a good experience. I have hosted a student and I am a coordinator for this program.

1 Lorie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this group! Coordinators, students, and host families communicate the entire program. Students are a ton of fun!

1 Arleen M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In addition to hosting 2 wonderful exchange students, I have been a SHARE coordinator for 8 years, and I am having an amazing time. I started as a coordinator, and quickly learned how much SHARE cares about their host families, students, and staff. Our training places an emphasis on the safety of our students, and a successful year for student and family. I have met more than 50 teens from all over the world and enjoyed learning about their cultures. Your family will experience one of the most memorable years of their life by teaming up with SHARE and hosting an international exchange student.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of both "working" as a local coordinator and hosting students for the SHARE! Exchange Student Program.

In both roles, I found the regional and national staff to be supportive and readily available for any questions of concerns. The company strives to keep student safety a high priority. Satisfaction and a successful exchange year for host families and students are other important parts of this program.

Because SHARE has such a great program, overseas organizations love to partner with us, and as a result, we have the best international students in the world. Our kids are awesome!

On the local level, coordinators stay in contact with host families from the beginning home interview, throughout the entire year, coaching families and students with any issues that may arise. Many of our families host more than once!

I have learned so much from my students about other cultures and their beliefs. I have personally experienced how understanding can bridge faraway countries together and improve world peace.

Recently, the teenage daughter of a former host family contacted me. She was graduating high school and wanted me to know what a significant role the exchange program was in her life. I felt privileged to have been able to bring that experience to her!

I love being involved with SHARE! and cannot imagine it not being a daily part of my life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hosted a high school exchange student from Germany through the SHARE! High School Exchange Program. It was an amazing experience for my family. SHARE! walked me through the process every step of the way.

I highly recommend Share! to anyone thinking about hosting an exchange student.

1 Stephen70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having an exchange student the past 3 semesters has been a great experience!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a first time host parent in 2013. Our family hosted a girl from Germany, and the year we shared with her was the best year our family has had! It was the best experience ever and we grew to love our student as our own daughter. She has since visited us for a few weeks over the summer and we are planning her next visit this summer. This will be a lifelong relationshipt that I, my husband and kids will have. Share! was great through the entire process, answered all of my questions, helped me choose a student and was with us along the 10 month journey.
I loved our experience so much that I decided to become a coordinator and help other families enjoy exchange students like my family did. Through the short time I have been a coordinator I have gotten to meet some great students, and form bonds with them as well. Share! has always been there to help train me, guide me and encourage me to be the best coordinator I could be.

2 Jerry57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have hosted the last two years. Our first year was a girl from Germany, and this year we have boys from Japan and China. These students have changed our lives! They have broadened our views and opened our eyes to the world beyond our borders. Plus, we have been able to see our own country through fresh eyes and shared in their joy of discovery...seeing things we may have gotten used to, and maybe not appreciated like we should.

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ycoffman 02/03/2017

We are so happy your family has gained so much from being a SHARE! host family. Thank you for generously volunteering as a SHARE! host family Jerry57!

1 Amber107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have hosted with Share! twice. The first time, we hosted for a part of a semester when a family decided they would no longer host their student. We fell in love with him and still talk to him daily! He's our son! We are also currently hosting. It is such a great experience learning different cultures and traditions. We love both of our boys and have loved the experience hosting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've hosted many times for Share! and they never disappoint. The coordinator is there for my every need and their student selection is top-notch. We love Share!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most supportive and responsive group of people I've ever worked with! From placing students to hosting students and everything in between, the staff will go above and beyond to provide the tools, information, and support necessary for a successful host year. I highly recommend Share!

1 Meagan K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have hosted with share for 3 years and it has always been an amazing memorable experience!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Allison Smith B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.