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COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY COORDINATORS

Why be an EPC?
The SHARE! Exchange Program Coordinator (EPC) is dedicated to the promotion of world peace and cultural tolerance. 

As an EPC, you proudly promote the SHARE! in your community, the local schools and among prospective host families.

What is involved?
Through a cross-cultural homestay experience, international teens come to communities throughout the United States and attend local public high schools. 

The EPC chooses families for these teens and communicates with the local schools so that they are ready for the student's arrival. 

During the student's stay, the EPC meets regularly with the teens and families, helping with adjustments and assisting them in ways to make their cultural exchange the experience of a lifetime for everyone involved!

What are the qualities of a successful EPC?
Commitment, persistence, flexibility, ability to work toward and accomplish established goals.  Empathy, humor, understanding of human relationships, particularly those involving teens, counseling/mediation skills and being organized are also important.

What is the compensation?
SHARE! EPCs are independent contractors and will be issued a 1099 at the end of each calendar year.  EPCs receive a Placement Documentation Fee of $200 for each student that they place after all required paperwork is submitted.  After the students arrive EPCs are further compensated based on a "per student basis:"


Are there extra incentives or bonuses?
Games, contests, goal acquisition, etc. are all rewarded throughout each cycle of the academic year via cash awards, annual incentive trip points, gift certificates, gifts and other fun and innovative
incentives.  Learn more about team incentives via the weekly newsletter and e-memo sent to all SHARE! EPCs and Team Leaders.

What's this I heard about a free trip?!
INCENTIVE POINTS are earned by EPCs per student that they place with a host family.  Once 300 points are earned, they can be used to take the Annual SHARE! Incentive Trip OR they can be exchanged for a bonus of $1000, instead.  Each year EPCs and other SHARE! team members travel on a 5 day, 4 night overseas adventure. 

Past trips have included: 
Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Warsaw and Krakow, Poland; Merida, Mexico; Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Oahu, Hawaii; Hong Kong, Brussels, Belgium and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Join your colleagues of EPCs on the October 2007 trip to Ecuador, and see the world with your own eyes!