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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.

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92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

Amysk8s

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!

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!!

Cathy74

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been hosting for 16 years with Share! We have so many wonderful experiences with high school students from around the world. I am also an exchange student coordinator, and work with volunteer host families in my area. I have met so many wonderful and loving families. I highly recommend Share!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been hosting foreign exchange students with Share! for the past 14 years. We have had some wonderful experiences with some great students from all over the world. The organization is very ethical and caring., If you have ever considered hosting a student (or two), you should contact Share! and learn more about this opportunity.

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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!

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

3 Amber107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In January 2016, we agreed to host a young man from Czech Republic after his previous host home decided not to host him anymore. It was the best decision we ever made! Filip quickly became more than just an exchange student, he became a son. A year and a half later, we still talk all the time and he has come to visit us again. Our coordinator was the best and made sure we always were able to get in touch with her if we needed! I would recommend SHARE to anyone interested in hosting an exchange student!

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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.

2 Sarah S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nils is our first exchange student and I feel like he has always been a part of our family. Our SHARE Coordinator helped us find the prefect match. My favorite part about having Nils in our home is seeing him experience new things for the first time. I feel like having him with us helps us get outside and see new things we may not have. We are a stronger family because of this experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Dicy Brown. I am currently hosting a student from Germany. My husband and I have had great success with Share! Our coordinator Cindy Parker has been amazing to work with. My family and I will definitely host again!!!

2 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 ❤

2 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 02/03/2017

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

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.

2 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!!

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!