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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 500 exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18 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.

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 500 international high school exchange students between the ages of 15-18 with volunteer host families each year. 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.

Community Stories

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family of four and have shared our home to many DIFFERENT kids. The experience can be challenging at time, but so rewarding more. My kids gain siblings from all around the world and learn new things we as parents learn thing and grow our family. I have attaché four photos of four different years! Love my family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

9th August 2021 is the day my biggest dream became real. I started probably the biggest adventure of my life- my exchange year in Texas. Since that day I made so many new experiences I would've never made in Germany. One of my favorites is the school daily life here. I'm a part of a choir, theatre, student council, and powerlifting team. These were the places where I found the most friends and made some of my most beautiful memories. Other than school also church had a big impact on my life here. I found many friends and a closer connection to god again. The daily life here is great but some of my biggest highlights were for example the by Share organized a trip to Los Angles, where I met many other exchange students which I hopefully see in Europe again. Another highlight was my dream to go skiing in the US, which come real when I went skiing in New Mexico with my host family. My host family is also one of the best things that could've happened to me. They're not a host family anymore. They're my second family and have a big part of my heart. But an exchange year is not just great the whole time I also had some struggles while I was here one of them was when I changed my host family after 2months, but even then I felt supported and strengthened through Share because I also had a supporting counselor. I'm glad I chose to do an exchange because I met so many fantastic people it will improve and change my life and Texas is gonna have a spot in my heart forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m an exchange student from Germany living in Lancaster, PA. And if I could I would give 5 more stars :). Not only because my biggest dream of travelling to the US came true (thanks to this organisation), but also because my time here has already exceeded any expectations I had before. I knew that being an exchange student would show me a whole new world of wonderful things but it actually gave me a second life as well. With so many amazing and interesting people that I am so happy I had the chance to meet them. It would be an understatement to say that I’m only comfortable here - I feel like home. And at that point I‘d like to give a big shout out to my Host Mother Brenda Hornberger and my Coordination Shannon Portales (who are both working with SHARE!) for making this experience not only possible but exceptionally special, thoughtful and breathtaking. I know how much effort it can be to be a host parent, to place all the exchange students and all the things that goes with that. The more I appreciate their work and am grateful for what I got to experience and for being an exchange student placed by SHARE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My coordinator is wonderful! I’m having the best experience thanks to SHARE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend has hosted students for several years. I’ve said that I will someday; when I have more space, when the kids are older, etc. Someday happened this year when a student needed to be placed in another home. I’m a single mom, and when I heard his story I immediately talked to my kids and we opened our home up. This student has become part of our family and I don’t know what we did before he arrived. He has especially connected with my 11yr old son and I know when the school year is over the goodbyes will be hard. My Share! coordinator had continuously been by my side through the process; checking in, answering questions, even taking my student to her home for a much needed weekend away. Share! even helped us navigate through some high school course selection changes and extracurriculars. At no time have I felt alone being a host parent. I think what I appreciate most is how Share! sets up a monthly adventure for students and their families; it allows us to explore our area and connect with others on this same journey. This has been an amazing experience and I will be doing it again in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHARE! is a great non profit organization that helps foreign exchange students from all over the world to find the right host family. Wherever you get placed you get a very nice local coordinator that is always there for you if you have any problems or concerns that are happy to help you.
Additionally they offer almost every month a very exciting trip with them and other exchange students to visit cities like New York, Washington D.C, etc. I love those trip very much and am excited for every single kne of them

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hosting foreign exchange students through SHARE! has been a very rewarding experience that has provided us with more memories and special moments than I can count! The kids are amazing and we gain far more than we give. I think one reason it has been such a positive experience is because SHARE! has given more support than we could have expected; making every phase and transition seamless. Questions, concerns, any potential issues have all been promptly addressed by our coordinator, Brenda; she has always been willing to help however needed and was full of helpful information and tips to keep the experience positive. The monthly contact helps to keep communication open between all involved and the fun activities and trips that the regional office planned gave our whole family opportunities we may not have had otherwise. I would recommend hosting to every family and am grateful for the irreplaceable experiences my family has had and the life long relationships we have built by hosting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Marine, I’m a 21yo girl from France. I stayed with Leigh and James Morgan for 10 months as an exchange student in 2017-2018 and it was the best year of my life ! They made me discover the Texan life to the fullest and they treated me like their own daughter. Today I’m back in Texas for an internship and I stay with them again. I couldn’t be more grateful.

1 Rhonda G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to host Giorgia, a foreign exchange student from Italy for the spring semester. I was thankful for Marlo who answered all of my questions when I was deciding if this was something I wanted to do and for her help while having Giorgia here. It’s been fun learning about the Italian culture and eating the pasta Giorgia makes. As someone who is single with no kids, I was concerned that I would be in over my head with this, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I’m so glad I choose to be a host so Giorgia could experience Texas culture and the Houston Rodeo.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Luna, our German Exchange student, arrived In August and it has been a wonderful experience, so far. Originally, she was to only stay for the semester but decided to extend her stay for the entire school year. We were thrilled! Luna’s English is amazing and she has had all A’s. She has attended every family event, tried every food, even though she is a VERY picky eater, participated in Volleyball, One Act Play, and Tennis. She has embraced small town life, in Central Nebraska, way better than we expected. We have had great communication with STRIVE and her family.The only difficult thing is knowing we have to say goodbye. We will definitely host another student!

1 Chynna W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Marlo Hunt for 3 years and she has always helped me with any problem I had. I love having children through the program with Marlo Hunt
Share southwest Marlo Hunt

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently an exchange student in the
US. Share! did an amazing job finding a
host family for me. We have a lot of
shared interests and I feel like I always
belonged to this family. Share! tries to
make my time here as good as possible by
always checking up on me and making sure I'm doing alright. I'm really happy I
chose Share! for my exchange year!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my 29th year serving as a Coordinator for foreign exchange. It makes my heart so happy to see these shy students arrive, become a part of the host family, be part of music, drama, arts and sports and excel and make many many memories . My wish is that every one could experience hosting a exchange student

1 Chris H.25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is our second time hosting an exchange student through share and it has been a great experience. Both times we had excellent communication with Lyn the person in charge of the program here in our district and she made it very easy for us and for the student that lived with us for the school year. The whole process has been pretty simple in it and easy to understand and having someone that comes from another country live with us has really and truly enriched our lives. We highly recommend the program to all of our friends and we look forward to traveling to visit our students in their home countries

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been so happy with SHARE! Southeast Texas ! Our coordinator Marlo Hunt has been Amazing and very accommodating. We hosted a student last year short term for 3 months and had our first full time student this year. Absolutely love this program. My whole family enjoyed the experience so much. Our family highly recommends SHARE! as an easy way to become a host family & share the world with others!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marlo is the best coordinator ever, she is always there when I need her, always answers my text and calls and is a great role model for the teens who are coming to the USA. She provides a fun and loving environment for not just out students but also us as parents.

Client Served

Rating: 1

A nightmare!

My story with this sponsor program, ERDT, and the regional director from Tx, it is a nightmare.
The local coordinateur and the RD Texas, forced my daughter, who was an exchange student from France to leave her host family in 3 hours, without announcing someone (CEI France, french organisation, mine or the host family) and they did that by using the police force (they called the police and threated my daughter that if she refesud she will be put her in jail).
After all thesse, they refussed to discuss with me because it is forbitte, after them, to contact them!
Also, is you go on the CSFES.org you can see that they already have a justice problem with one of their exchange students for sexual agression (the trial just started in 2021).
My daughter never received an ID Cart from this organisation (obligatory); the LC told us that my daughter was sent home because she was speacking to much with me on the phone (it is against the legislation to ban/prohibit that).
In her hostfamily was ussed like an aupair, no mather that she was an exchange student and they were ok with that.

3 Toi B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful exchange program. My family has welcomed in students from France, Germany, Denmark, and Italy. The students have been great ambassadors of their countries. We have been able to share our customs and traditions with each other. It means so much that we still continue to contact each other and visit each other. It is great that we now have family in so many different countries!

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

Thank you, Toi, for your lovely review. We are blessed to have great host families like yours!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been so happy with SHARE! Southwest! We hosted a student several years ago, & all of us enjoyed the experience so much! We recently found out that we have a new coordinator in our area, & because we have hosted before, we were confirmed very quickly to host again! We are looking forward to meeting Sarah in a couple months! Our family highly recommends SHARE! as an easy way to become a host family & share the world with others!

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

Thank you for your review, Julie. Host families like yours are our treasure!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We only had our German exchange student Amelie for 5 months, but with the help of our coordinator Cindy, we were well prepared for this new phase in all of our lives! Covid tried its best to make life difficult but the experience turned out to be the best of our lives! Amelie may be back in Germany now, but she will ALWAYS be part of our family!

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

Thank YOU for being a part of our SHARE! family!

Christine B.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This will be our family’s 6th year hosting foreign exchange students from Europe. Each one has been a unique and rewarding experience. We learn a lot about our students as well as ourselves. They absolutely love the experience here. We are grateful to have found SHARE and the friendships made through the organization.

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

And we absolutely love our host families like yours! Thanks for being part of our SHARE! family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have hosted 14 girls over the past 11 years with Share and love this organization. My coordinator is wonderful to work with and always has what is best for the student in mind. This is by far the most favorite part of my life, and I wouldn't work with any other organization!

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

Thank you for your lovely comments, Angela. You and your family are amazing hosts to our students!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are sooo excited to host our student from Germany this upcoming school year. Thanks to SHARE! Southwest, my family can learn about another culture, & our rural high school will be able to experience a student with stories from across the world. Our exchange coordinator helped us through the process of applying, & soon we will communicate with our student! Thanks, SHARE!

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erdtshare 01/21/2022

Thank YOU, Maegun, for being a part of our SHARE! family!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently begun working for SHARE! Southwest, & it is such an exciting experience to share the world with others! We need to see that the planet is full of differences, & these enrich our lives! Open hearts, open minds!

Erin Kay T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are excited to welcome a student to our home in August! The whole process of choosing a student & completing an application was so simple & fast! SHARE! Southwest is a great way to connect with cultures around the world & learn about the different ways of other countries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where to begin with SHARE! High School Exchange program?!
My Mother-in-law, aka second Mama, aka mother of dozens of kids across the world, aka God’s gift to earth!; has been with SHARE! long before I married into her family. This organization allows students from across the globe to experience an authentic loving experience in the U.S. of A.
And there is no better host/coordinator than Mama Hunt. She welcomes you into her family like you were her own and they truly become family. Mrs. Hunt is just one of the many loving mama’s with the SHARE! family, but she is by far the best. (that’s an unbiased option).
The relationships built because of SHARE!, and families like Mama Hunts, cannot be replicated. 12 stars.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I started hosting high school foreign exchange students since 2006. At the time, we had two children in school in the 7th & 10th grades. Fifteen years and 19 exchange students later, Marlo and I still look forward to when “our kids” arrive. We have great memories with the students over the years. Some have returned home to visit and we have had the opportunity to visit our exchange students in their home countries. Marlo and I learned that our families now extend well beyond the United States.
“Share” support has been with us throughout this journey. I can not imagine “Share” not being around anytime and for any question we have. We would not consider hosting exchange students sponsored by another organization. Five stars for Share.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share is an organization that benefits the student and the sponsor. Kids from all over the world are connected with a host family for several months that exposes both student and sponsor to other cultures. These unions create families for life. It’s a great project to be part of.

1 Cathy74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been hosting foreign exchange students for the past 19 years. We have had some wonderful experiences and have enjoyed making new friends with the students and other local host families. I recommend SHARE! highly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have hosted with SHARE for the past 18 years. We like to host two students at a time. Our children are grown and so we have room in our hearts and homes for two students, and they can keep each other company while we are at work. SHARE is a great company who strives to facilitate a wonderful experience for host families and students. We highly recommend hosting foreign exchange students with SHARE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have hosted two times through SHARE and hope to a third time! Our contacts through them have been wonderful and always knew if we needed them they were a phone call away. I can not stress enough to people the goodness hosting can do! It has changed our family in ways, we didn't even know needed changing ! It has also been fun to see our extended family embrace these exchange students that forever have a piece of our heart . I can not thank SHARE staff enough for all they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago I was an exchange student and know, first hand, how important it is to have the support from the organization that you were part of. SHARE! high school exchange program is one of those programs you can trust to be there for the student.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization sends youth from Japan to homestay with ERDT / SHARE families in spring and summer. The warm-hearted host families, some of whom are bilingual, often host youth from other countries at the same time creating a fantastic multilingual, multicultural environment for our youth. The leadership of this organization is outstanding in terms of professionalism, communication, flexibility, empathy, and kindness. We have been working together since 2011 and love their collaborative style.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello everybody!
It was a great honor and pleasure for me to be one of the two coordinators of ERDT/SHARE! in Louisiana – back in 2001. I had served for about two years and my experience had been quite wonderful.
I stayed in touch with the Regional Director of the organization and 18 years later, guess what…? Today, ERDT/SHARE! is one of the international partners of The Georges Foundation For Development (FOGED) – a leading organization in Haiti which I have been managing for about 6 years!
www.foged-haiti.org
What a fantastic adventure and a delightful attachment!
Below please find a Reward Plaque that we sent to our beloved associate and a short video on FOGED.
Enjoy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside greatly benefited from the SHARE! High School Exchange Program! Each year we would host international students who volunteered their time to help out our staff and members. It was a pleasure to be apart of their program!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Long ago I was an exchange student before overseeing agencies like Great Nonprofits were around and I was a victim of a disorganized, unprofessional sending organization that I later learned had a questionable track record. Luckily I got through the experience and back home safely. More recently in my dealings with SHARE!, I know them to have a solid reputation and everyone I've talked to are responsive, knowledgeable and caring people. If I could do exchange again, it would definitely be with SHARE

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this program during their 2019 orientation, where coordinators took incoming exchange students from Germany on a 2-day tour through New York. Not only was the orientation organized and fun, every employee from SHARE! was kind, competent, and extremely knowledgeable about their organization's mission and impact on foreign high schoolers. I had such a great time, and I know the students did too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had 16 students over the last 11 years and really enjoy the program. We have always had an amazing Local Coordinator - Danielle Norden and Mari Karlsson out in Missouri is equally fantastic! We stay in contact with so many of our previous students and have been to Europe to visit them a few times. Every year, we have students visiting us. The truly are family. Sure, some of our kids have had some issues, but the program handled it professionally and promptly. I would highly recommend anyone to host a kid for the year because that 1 year will turn into a lifelong relationship.

2 Vanessa K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The organisation ERDT SHARE, including my local and regional coordinator, didn’t have any interest in helping and supporting me in very stressful times. I am beyond disappointed. Being an exchange student is hard enough but feeling helpless and alone is even worse. They literally told me that they didn’t want me to call them asking for help. That’s their job. They were supposed to help me out.

3 Adriana10

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been working with SHARE as an admin assistant and coordinator for 13 years, and I am having an amazing time. I 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 100 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. This is for sure the a great organization and the coordinators are great as well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy working for SHARE! I love meeting the students from all over the world and the coordinators are the best. Each one really enjoys what they do and build great relationships with the families and students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

AVOID THIS PROGRAM!! Please note that most of the five star reviews are written by employees. I will tell you my story. We were very excited for an exchange student and thought we chose carefully. When we started to get to know her we realized that she had lied on her application in many different ways. We thought we were getting a good student who liked to ski and be involved in extracurricular activities. In fact she didn't ski and had flunked out of her last semester and wasn't interested in after school activities. We also realized that she didn't want to integrate into our family - she wanted an Air BnB experience. So we let her do her thing. However, we then realized that she was engaging in risky behaviors that went against the rules of the program. She was 15 and in our care and we needed to keep her safe. She was self-piercing (she arrived with ten piercings (which weren't on her photo)), she was ordered an inappropriate vibrator, she bought a very inappropriate book, she was lying to us about her whereabouts, she was communicating with strangers on her instagram account where she was saying she was 18 and in some instances discussing inappropriate topics, she was receiving inappropriate images (somewhat disturbing images) from her boyfriend on her computer. Our direct and regional liaison were helpful but there was only so much they could do. The wanted to put her on probation which I wasn't interested in . I thought I could deal with it myself. I discussed with my pediatrician and a high school counselor what I should do and they both suggested I have a frank conversation with her. I had the conversation with her. We talked about all of the above. I was very positive and supportive with no shaming or blaming. In the end all I requested was that she stop using 25 GB of data each month, I asked for her computer password (as suggested by the program). and I asked to be allowed to know what was in the packages she was ordering into the house (she was getting several packages a day). I thought the discussion went well and was looking forward to the rest of the year. She went to her friends house and texted to me that she wanted a new family unless I compromised on my rules. Over several days we tried to work things out with the help of our liaison but the end result was that she wanted to move to another home. We supported her decision. She also got put on probation. The CRAZY thing is that the program wouldn't move her to another school. So she told the school counselor that she needed a new family - luckily the school counselor knows us well enough to not think the worst of the situation, She bad-mouthed my daughter at school and she told people that we kicked her out. She found another family at our high school of only 400 kids - 100 in each grade. The program didn't tell that family anything about her behaviors in our home. They have at least one if not two younger kids and don't know anything. They also don't know what she is up to on instagram so they can try to help keep her safe. She is in my daughters school and grade and it is very uncomfortable for my daughter to go to school. She has stopped bad mouthing my daughter as far as we know, thankfully but it is still awkward as you can imagine. She currently has two F’s and is still at the school even though she is on probation. I would think they could put her in a different school but in talking with the director they try not to do that even though people complain about this all the time. I also feel like they should let the new family know what behaviors she was engaging in that got her put on probation so they can be aware and so they can help keep her safe. We are so disappointed that our experience ended in this way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

My experience working with the Georgia chapter was horrible. The organization did not provide any support in the beginning of the process for enrolling the student in school. During the program, I was yelled at by the Share person for having contact with the child's parents. I wanted to ask the parents if they were OK with the child taking Uber by herself because she wanted to. End of the program was worse. The student and our family were not a good fit, and the organization moved the student to a different home. Which is perfectly fine, as I whole heartedly wanted what was best for the student; but the way Share handled this was HORRIBLE and unprofessional. I was not told of any plans to move the student. All I got was a phone call at work from the Share worker sitting in my driveway with the student and her luggage informing me that the child was moving. Instead of being thankful for my help, I was made to feel like a criminal. It was very sad and upsetting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are hosting a student from Spain. Luisa has been a wonderful addition to our family. Although she is only here a short time, she will remain in our hearts forever! I definitely recommend hosting a student through SHARE. Our coordinator, Nicole, has been awesome through the whole process. Always there for anything/questions we have!

2 Sarah S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helene is our second exchange student which has expanded our family to six. These responsible young adults teach us so much about being better people, parents, and Americans. My children have learned so much about other cultures and how to be a responsible teen themselves. Plus it’s just fun! Anytime we take our students to a new place we experience it again through their eyes. Who knew the the grocery store could be so much fun. I can’t say enough great things about the Share program and how it has changed our lives.

4 Kristina S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been a host family for 3 years now with SHARE. We have enjoyed our experience . We also love our coordinator As well. Because of share, strangers have become family- we now have family all over the world ! We would change our experiences At all!

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erdtshare 04/09/2019

SHARE! appreciates you more than we can express. Thank you for sharing your lives with international teens!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our second year to work with share! We absolutely love everything about this program! Our coordinator Marlo works so hard to find a great match for my family. We have had 2 wonderful exchange years and looking forward to working with her in the years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We hosted an exchange student from South Korea. Jiwon enriched our family from the minute we met her it was like she belonged with us. It was an amazing experience and we are so thankful to share and our culture and learn about hers. We truly enjoyed the year and couldn't of asked for better experience Jiwon will always be part of our family. We are truly grateful for the experience. Whenever we had any questions our coordinator was always there for us. We looked into a few different organizations and went with Share and the were the best.

3 Lori  W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a coordinator and host parent. I appreciate how much support is offered by the organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Share has been absolutely amazing to work with! Our coordinator Cindy was very helpful and caring! This program has been life changing for myself and my entire family! We are truly grateful and blessed to be part of the SHARE family.

3 Alicia S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a host family (who has hosted 5 students) and a coordinator, I know that SHARE is the best high school exchange program, by far. They not only partner up with only the top rated programs overseas , but they do the BEST job at preparing the students for their year here. Every coordinator we have had for our students has been attentive, knowledgeable, and a great support system for the student and the host family. We are so happy to have hosted through SHARE and for the relationships we have forged with our students and their families.

5 Leigh Smith M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had the privilege to host 12 different students over the years from 4 agencies. 9 of the students were from Share! We love Share! They have the most supportive staff and caring representatives. From Yvette down to our local coordinator Arleen Morley, we have been so blessed. They are such a strong supportive advocate for students. If we have had any issues, they have supported both sides very well. The students have been an absolute joy to have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHARE is the best exchange student organization! Both hosting and working as a local rep has opened my world and my heart. We remember our years by which student we were hosting. Lifetime friendships have been built. I love SHARE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an exchange program coordinator I have had an en excellent experience placing over 30 students in wonderful SHARE families. I have great support from our Regional office and I cannot say enough good things about our host families. I love them! Every year I plan special activities. We have had pot lucks, gone to baseball games, gone hiking and to visit historical sights, to rodeos, the State Fair, to holiday light festivals and to the state capital. Our students have been screened and SHARE welcomes loving stable families who are also screened to host. They, like myself feel that it is one of the best experiences they have had as a family. As empty nesters my husband and I continue to host and we enjoy giving to a young person, guiding them through their experience here and developing a lifelong friendship. Four of our family's students have been back for visits and consider us their "American" family. We have been to visit them in their homes as well over the years. We raised two boys of our own and this was a great way to spend time with a " daughter" at last as well! Please consider hosting!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share is a wonderful organization to work with! The students that come are amazing and the people I have gotten to know through the organization are incredible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year working with Share and they have been wonderful to work with! They are quick to respond to any questions or needs I have and were so great to help me as I got started as a coordinator in the program. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to host or coordinate!

4 Jennienbr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love SHARE!!! I have served as a host family for THREE YEARS and as an Exchange Program Coordinator for Louisiana. SHARE! is an excellent organization that is reputable and truly cares about the students it places in the US. The experiences shared by these students and families is for a lifetime. Thinking of hosting an exchange student? Contact SHARE! today!

Jennie Bourgeois
Exchange Program Coordinator & Host Mom
jen@jenniebourgeois.com

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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.

3 Darlene44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a host family volunteer and a coordinator. I have hosted three German students. The last student did not work out, but her coordinator worked diligently to move her quickly and listened to both the student and us. She tried to smooth hurt feelings so that we could maintain a friendship. We have already picked a student for next year , and are confident that we will have another lifelong friend/family member.

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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.

5 Amysk8s

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have hosted several exchange students with SHARE! High School Exchange Program and am also an Exchange Program Coordinator in Minnesota. SHARE! truly cares about their students, host families and coordinators. We work together to give everyone the best experience possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am hosting a High School Exchange Student from Thailand. This is my third time hosting with SHARE! They have been a joy to work with! SHARE! cares about their students and families and want the best experience for everyone. They assist you with the paperwork and background checks and take the time to help you chose a student that will fit well into your family. This is a photo of my exchange student daughter Leelaha. She had put on her application that she wanted to learn to ice skate and I love skating! If you are looking for a great organization to host go with SHARE!

4 Ashley135

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this organization! The people are the best. So helpful and organized!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE this organization! The staff is knowledgeable and responsive, they work hard to find the perfect fit for their carefully selected students and host families, and the safety and wellness of the students is their top priority. I've volunteered with Share for three years and have nothing but good things to say. This will certainly be a long-term relationship!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing opportunity for your family!!! I have hosted 15 kids and have learned so much. We also now have family all over the world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second time hosting with Share! First time with a boy in second time a girl. My family and I absolutely love it! I strongly recommend experiencing hosting!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I cannot recommend ERDT/ Share to anyone interested in hosting an exchange student. This is especially true for the fathers and brothers of the host families, as they are not safe. This has nothing to do with the quality of students, but rather the incompetence of and poor management of issues when they arise with students - and issues will occur. Recently, a random store clerk called the police saying she feared our exchange student was in danger from the host father. No evidence, no actions, just a feeling from a high school student. The police dismissed it, and felt the complaint was unwarranted. Demonstrating due diligence, they passed on the complaint to the student's high school. The high school, knowing the host family who has hosted students 3 times, also dismissed the complaint as unwarranted, but showing due diligence passed on the complaint to ERDT/ Share. ERDT/ Share yanked the student out of the home, and placed the student in another state. They removed the child without speaking to the student, who was devastated by their actions - ruining a very good exchange experience. They did this without notifying the host family or even discussing the complaint which was based on a high school students "feelings." They removed the child against the child's parent's wishes, and against the wishes of the host country exchange program's wishes. They declared the student a victim and a liar without speaking to her, and they essentially declared the host father an abuser to the school by removing the student. Many lives were disrupted and injured by their unwillingness to speak to the student concerning actions that damaged her whole one semester exchange experience. They placed her with a 70 year old couple who treat her as a job responsibility and will not allow her to participate in school activities she would like to experience. Fortunately she will return home soon. My advice is if you want to protect the integrity of your the men in your family, do not risk hosting anyone through ERDT/ Share, but especially a female student. This could happen to any family if a jealous, or a vindictive student decides to call the police and say they "feel the student may be in danger." The sad, and pathetic truth in all of this - they declared the student a victim who needs to be removed, but never even attempted to LISTEN to the student they're calling a victim. Rather, they elevated the "FEELINGS" of a random store clerk who did not know the student, did not attend her school, and did not know the host family because she FELT uncomfortable. If you have a husband or sons, DO NOT RISK their name and integrity by participating in this organizations exchange program. ERDT Share will not protect the student, or the student's host family. They are only concerned about their insurance liabilty which tells me they have a lot of pending lawsuits for their inability to manage their organization.

2 baylisfarm

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are hosting a girl from South Korea and despite a different written and spoken language she is doing great in school. SHARE really does a great job of screening students and preparing host families. My coordinator is always there when we have questions! We love this program!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work with SHARE! and the students and host families are outstanding. It is so satisfying to see shy, quiet students arrive at the beginning of the year and then at the end see very self-assured, mature teens board the planes for home with tears in their eyes. One of the most interesting things I hear over and over is that families are amazed at how much they are changed by hosting an exchange student. This is definitely a powerful experience for everyone!!

2 Leisl B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SHARE! is a wonderful foreign exchange student placement program! We have loved hosting Clara from Spain this past year! She has shared with us some of her rich culture along with gaining a love of the American culture. We have truly shared our heart and home with her and hope to with future students in the years to come! I also love being a coordinator for this program! It's so fun getting to know so many different people from vast cultures and backgrounds! If you're interested in either hosting a student or working as a coordinator let me know!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This year has been a blast as an Exchange Program Coordinator. I have hosted 4 exchange students so far and I love the experience my family receives. I have gained new friends through the regional meeting recently and got to know this amazing organization better. SHARE! High School Exchange Program cares so much about all the students they help place every year. They are passionate about the work they do to get even one student here in America. I have loved working with my Regional Administrator. She is enthusiastic about her work and helps me along the way as I am placing and finding wonderful families to host. The experience the student receives from spending a year in America is by far the number one thing they will always remember as the year go by. They become family!!! Sharing your heart and home is truly what this program is all about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family hosted an exchange student in 2013-2014. We loved the experience so much, and really felt as our student was part of our family. I wanted to do more with the program, so I became a coordinator, and now I am able to meet several students, from many countries each year while placing them in host families in my home state. I love to be able to connect with them and form a friendship. I keep in touch with all of the students I place, and the student who we hosted comes "home" to visit every few years.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our host daughter is 16 and came from Germany and she has turned into a big part of our family can't imagine when she has to leave we have the best coordinator that is there if we ever need anything and we will be hosting again this next school yr