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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

80 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.

Comments ( 1 )

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

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 ❤

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!!

1

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.