Opening their homes

Posted Friday, Aug. 29, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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This August, three families in Fort Worth enjoyed a special experience by welcoming into their homes high school exchange students from Japan and Brazil.

These volunteer host families are participating in the SHARE! Student Exchange Program for the 2014-2015 school year. And these international exchange students are eager to learn about how Americans live.

I have helped local coordinators find the host families and helped them select a student who best fits their family. Local coordinators and our regional office staff will supervise and monitor our families and exchange students throughout their stay.

There will soon be outstanding candidates awaiting host families for the spring semester. If anyone has thought about hosting, now is an excellent time to start. This is a great opportunity to SHARE! your heart and home with the rest of the world.

My thanks to the host families, their teachers and high schools and the members of the community for extending such a warm welcome to these exchange students who have chosen to travel thousands of miles away from family and friends to learn about our unique American culture. The students will always remember the welcome that they received from the people in Fort Worth.

— Yvette Coffman, SHARE! Southwest Regional Director

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