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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

110 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!

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!

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.

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!

1 Adriana10

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

I love working for SHARE! I get to work with all the coordinators daily and they are wonderful and the families are great as well. I believe the coordinators do a great job in finding our students a great home. And making sure they have a great year in the United States. I also really enjoy working with Yvette the Southwest Regional administrator. She's super helpful and I've learned a lot working with her for almost 10 years now. It's been a great place to work. :)

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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.

1 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.

1 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.

3 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!

2 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.

1 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.

2 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!

1 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!

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.

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!!