Happy Valentine's Day from Our Family to Yours! 

By Kelli Jones - President

I've always loved Maya Angelou.  Her insightful thinking and the easy manner she has of putting those thoughts into lyrics and poetry for everyone to understand and embrace.   Always so spot on!   She wrote about love, tolerance, race, and she taught us that in order to achieve peace and human understanding, we all need only to look to our neighbors for the similarities we all share.   Because, like she said, we have way more similarities than differences.  

Our SHARE! program “shares” Maya Angelou's view on world peace and understanding.  She asks us to look at all we have in common, while learning and embracing the ways we differ.    Our host families, students, coordinators and national staff do this every day!

Would you consider getting involved with the SHARE! Program?    Volunteering as a host family will open your eyes to the different customs and traditions of others while giving you the opportunity to share your American way of life with a teen from abroad and opening your eyes to the many, many ways in which we are similar.    Not ready to host?  SHARE!  has opportunities for program representatives in communities throughout the U.S.  Would you like to get to know an exchange student while helping them adjust to school and American family life?   We have a place for you in our SHARE! family.  Consider this a great way to give back to your community and to our world.

 

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Human Family
I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.