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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

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Cathy74

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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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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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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

4 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!

3 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

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.

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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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2 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 ❤

3 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.

3 Lorie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

3 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!

2 Stephen70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 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!

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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!

2 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

3 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!

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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!

2

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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an incredible, life changing experience with our exchange student. She has become more like a permanent member of our family. We are anxiously awaiting her return visit in a few weeks. It was much more than we expected going into it. The share organization and our coordinator was so helpful with training and suggestions before hand and continued support till the end.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped part time in the office of the Regional Director for SHARE and my experience is that it is an organization that cares about the students, their host families and the volunteer workers.

2 Steve166

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We happened onto the SHARE exchange program at my school. We have had two students and the program has literally changed our lives. The first student came back and lived with us until he graduated from the university. We just came back from visiting our second exchange student in Slovakia. He is coming here to work this summer. SHARE and Joan Morford made the experience wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The opportunity you gain through hosting a foreign exchange student will bring culture and knowledge to everyone involved. The Share representatives we worked with were very helpful, knowledgeable, and there whenever we had questions or needed help. It was a amazing experience. Thanks Share for a wonderful year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WELL I THINK THAT SHARE IS AN AWESOME ORGANIZATION. MY STORY IS THIS. I HAVE HAD 2 EXCHANGE STUDENTS, ONE STAYED ONLY 8 MONTHS SHE HAD A FEW ISSUES, BUT WE LOVED HER AND WORKS WITH JOAN MORFORD AND TONYA DUNCAN TO GET THINGS WORKED OUT. I WAS VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THEIR HELP IN THAT SITUATION. BOTH FOR ME AND OUR EXCHANGE STUDENT. THE SECOND EXCHANGE STUDENT WE DIDNT REALLY NEED MUCH HELP, JUST ON A COUPLE OF TIMES AND WE ALWAYS RECEIVED HELP. THIS IS A VERY GREAT PROGRAM AND IT DOES HELP TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO YOU CAN CALL IF THERE IS A PROBLEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

3 Jennifer554

Client Served

Rating: 4

We had so much fun the first time we hosted a student that we are doing it again. We've been very happy with the support we received from SHARE! High School Exchange Program. They worry about all the details so I don't have to. Great support, great experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have hosted and been a coordinator for SHARE for many years. I was previously with another organization which I was not satisfied with and changed. I have been extremely happy hosting for them and working for them because they care about their coordinators and students on a personal basis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We hosted our first exchange student and had a great experience. The SHARE program is caring and offers an opportunity to share cultures and family experiences. Try it, you'll like it!