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Where: Hotel Azúr , Siófok (HU).

Hotel Azúr on beautiful Lake Balaton in Siófok Hungary

Date: 25 Feb, 2018 -  02 Mar, 2018
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SHARE Education Services
 2018 Hungary Family Education Conference
Siofok, Hungary
February 25 – March 2, 2018
Group Achievement Testing on February 25
Registration for this conference is now closed.

 This conference focuses on English-speaking families educating their children cross-culturally as they serve throughout Europe and Eurasia. 

  • Seminars for parents will assist you in making informed education decisions for your family.
  • Examine new resources for educating children and consult individually with educators and counselors who care about your family’s unique needs.
  • Achievement and diagnostic testing in English will be available for children.
  • Quality programs for children and teens offer activities for building relational and academic skills.




Conference Location


Hotel Azúr

8600 Siófok,

 Vitorlás u.11


 Tel: +36-84-605-400


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When to Arrive and Depart


Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon (25 February 2018) after 2 pm.


If your child will participate in the early achievement testing time slot on Sunday, you will want to arrive on Saturday (24 February 2018). Session One testing will begin at 8:30 am on Sunday, the 25th. Session Two will begin at 1:30. (Please see details below under Achievement Testing.)


The teens begin their program at 7 pm Sunday evening. Adult and children’s programs begin on Monday morning.


Departure is after lunch on Friday (2 March 2018). If you wish to depart on Saturday (3 March 2018), please indicate that on the registration form now, as rooms may not be available later for Friday evening.


Adult Program


This year’s adult program staff includes a wide array of international educators with experience in many kinds of schooling options. Conference staff members have hundreds of years of combined experience in education, many of those years served in cross-cultural settings. Because of their passion to see your family thrive, these volunteers have raised funds and offered their time to come and serve your family.

The adult program includes plenary sessions and practical workshops on making sound education decisions, teaching your children, and growing together as a family.

  • Education planning
  • Helps for special needs learners
  • Understanding Third Culture Kids
  • Success in using local schools
  • Learning in a second language
  • Online schooling
  • Curriculum choices for home education
  • Teaching strategies for parents
  • University preparation
  • Career exploration for teens
  • Help with specific academic subjects
  • Helping your Children Grow Emotionally and Spiritually
  • And many more


michelephoenixFeaturing Michele Phoenix

Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is a mentor, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own ministry advocating for TCKs. She now travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students and Marvel movies. For more info on Michele, go to http://michelephoenix.com/about-the-author/




raybakerDr Ray Baker is our Bible teacher for this week. He is married to SHARE’s own Kay Baker and has served in Europe for more than 30 years with Greater Europe Mission, having lived in Iceland, France and Sweden. He is a language nerd (and has read the entire New Testament in eight different languages) and has written five books in the area of theology and apologetics, mostly in Swedish. He has never watched a sporting event on TV from beginning to end.



Programs for Children and Teens


Babies to teens will have age-appropriate programs with activities led by experienced caregivers and educators and designed to reach all learning styles.



Infants/Toddlers will receive loving care from a team of childcare workers and Preschoolers will have their own program of crafts, stories and physical activities.

The program theme for children ages 5-12 this year is Medieval Times. Activities will promote group skills in addition to academic knowledge. Music, physical activities and crafts will round out a fun-filled week! This program is appropriate only for children who are fluent in English.




Program leaders for the teens have planned a full week of activities, including challenging topics to discuss, a field trip and lots of “hanging out” time. Teens will also be invited to participate in university preparation and career discovery seminars. Additionally, separately from the career discovery seminar, teens may take an online career assessment called Career Direct before the conference and meet with a consultant to discuss the results during the conference. Sign up on the registration form for this assessment.


Be sure to register early as the children and teen programs fill up fast! Once classes are full, we will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellations.



Academic Assessment Program


SHARE offers the following options if you desire an education assessment for your child. You may sign up as you register or email us if you decide later to add an assessment. You will be sent a link to a questionnaire to provide the testing team with the information they need to properly determine the most appropriate assessment tool.

ERDA - Early Reading Diagnostic Assessment (Grades K-2)
Sponsoring Agency: $25; Non-sponsoring agency: $35; Others $50
This test provides information on the development of the concepts and skills your child needs to become a successful reader.  Phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are all part of the ERDA.


Achievement Testing (Grades 3-12)  
Sponsoring Agency: $45; Non-sponsoring agency: $65; Others: $100
These tests offer assessment in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Group Achievement testing for grades 3-8 will be separated into two sessions. The Session One time slot may be chosen from either Sunday morning, February 25, from 8:30 to 12:00, OR Tuesday afternoon, February 27, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Session Two will be Sunday afternoon, February 25, for all participants, from 1:30 to approximately 4:00 pm.

Testing for grades 9-12 will be on Sunday afternoon, February 25, from 1:30 to approximately 5:30 pm.


Occupational Therapy Evaluation (Ages birth – adult)

Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

 This testing may be helpful in determining the causes underlying developmental delays, behavioral and sensory issues, difficulties with focusing and attending, illegible handwriting and dyspraxia, as well as other coping challenges.   Using a parent interview, clinical observations and formal testing the therapist will examine a variety of foundational skills needed for normal growth and development. 


Dyslexia Screening (ages 7 and up)
Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200
This screening is appropriate for a child experiencing significant struggles in learning and showing signs of dyslexia (http://dyslexiamylife.org/signs_dsy.html).  Space is limited for this testing.


RWD - Reading/Writing Delay Screening (ages 6-14)
Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200
This test is helpful in determining what might be the cause of a language delay, and is particularly useful for bilingual children.


Speech Evaluation
Sponsoring agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200
This assessment evaluates milestones of speech development in children, articulation of speech sounds, and voice impairments and stuttering.


Language Evaluation
Sponsoring agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200
This assessment evaluates milestones of language development in children, including receptive and expressive language skills, language processing skills (word association, listening and following directions), as well as pragmatic and social aspects of communication.


PEA - PsychoEducational Assessment (ages 5 and up)
Sponsoring agency: $200; Non-sponsoring agency: $300; Others: $500
If a child is experiencing significant struggles in areas that affect his/her education, extended testing will be available. The results of this assessment may show indications of learning disabilities. Space is limited for this testing.


Note:  SHARE recommends testing every other year, but these tests are appropriate for families requiring or desiring annual testing.

*Testing fees may be paid via a link sent to you once the specific assessments are confirmed.



Conference Registration Fees


Exchange rates may vary.

Early Registration

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017

Early Registration Fee (10% discount)

Sponsoring Agency*

(additional 20% discount)


$180 single  (~153 Euros)

$247.50 couple  (~211 Euros)

$144 single (~123 Euros)

$198 couple  (~169 Euros)

Teens (13+)

$70   (~60 Euros)

$56  (~48 Euros)

Children (0-12)

$45  (~39 Euros)

$36  (~31 Euros)


Regular Registration

Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 2018

Registration Fee

Sponsoring Agency*

(additional 20% discount)


$200 single (~170 Euros)

$275 couple (~234 Euros)

$160 single (~136 Euros)

$220 couple  (~187 Euros)

Teens (13+)

$80 (~68 Euros)

$64  (~55 Euros)

Children (0-12)

$50  (~43 Euros)

$40  (~34 Euros)


*If you are unsure whether your agency is a sponsor of SHARE Education Services, contact your agency representative or ask us at the “contact us” button on this website.


Scholarships toward registration fees: We realize that costs may be difficult for some families to afford. If conference costs will prevent your family from joining us, you may apply for a scholarship to reduce the conference registration fee. You will still need funds for housing, meals and travel. BEFORE you register, write to the “contact us” button on this site and request assistance. Please list your agency/company in your request. We will gladly send you a discount code to enter on the site as you register. The number of scholarships is limited so first come, first served.  These scholarships are provided by individuals in North America who believe in the mission of SHARE and the benefit of this conference to your family and we are happy to try to ensure your family’s participation.



Hotel Fees


Package price is half board (buffet breakfast, hot lunch buffet and one coffee break).

Rates include breakfast, lunch and one coffee break per day

All prices are per person, not per room. A local tax of 400 HUF/day will be added to each person age 18 and older.

Rates per person/per night

Approximate costs in USD

Exchange rates may vary

ADULT or child 18 + years in a shared room

46.- Euro

~55 USD

ADULT in a single room sharing with children*

46.- Euro

~55 USD

ADULT in a single room

70.- Euro

~83 USD

CHILD  sharing parents room  0 - 3,99 years  100 % discount

00.- Euro

    0 USD

CHILD sharing parents room   4 - 11,99 years   50 % discount

23.- Euro

~27 USD

CHILD sharing parents room   12 - 13,99 years  30% discount

32.- Euro

~38 USD

CHILD sharing parents room   14 - 17,99 years  10% discount

41.- Euro

~48 USD

CHILD in a connecting room min. 2 children   0-11,99 years**

23.-  Euro

~27 USD

*Adult rate plus child rate

**Must be at least two paying children in a connecting room. 

Breakfast and lunch are included in the per day prices. The evening meal will be on your own. There are restaurants in the area and grocery stores in town (10 minutes by bus or 20 minute walk). The hotel restaurant will be open each evening and the hotel grill will offer grilled specialties, pizza, salads, sandwiches and soups.


Hotel Notes:

  • Be sure to bring your bathing suit as the hotel has a lovely pool and other spa amenities. The pool will remain open until 21:00 (9 pm) each evening.
  • The hotel requests no wheelie shoes or skateboards inside the hotel.


Shuttle Service Times and Fees


The nearest airport is Budapest.  Let us know now if you need shuttle service from the Budapest airport to the hotel even if you don’t yet have your travel itinerary. There is also train service to Siófok and we can pick you up at the station.


Shuttle service will be available from Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport to Hotel Azúr between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm ONLY. We will be able to provide service on the following dates: 24 and 25 February and 2 and 3 March.  The trip is approximately 80-90 minutes from the airport to the hotel, depending on traffic. Shuttle fees will be paid via a secure online payment link after we receive your travel itinerary.

Adults                     $80 round trip

Teens                     $60 round trip

Children                 $40 round trip



How to Pay


Conference registration must be paid online at this site as you register. You will be directed automatically to a secure payment site where you may pay by credit card or PayPal account on the PayPal payment portals. If you have entered a code, the amount of the discount or scholarship will be deducted automatically but be sure to click on “apply discount” before you hit the “submit” button. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your payment has been successful.  Please contact us if you have any questions or if you have difficulty making the online payment.


Early registration discounts are available through December 31, 2017. February 1 will be the last day to receive a full refund on your registration fee if you need to cancel.  50% refunds will be available after that time unless there are other families waiting to take your place. 


If you belong to a SHARE sponsoring agency, please ask your agency’s SHARE representative for your code in order to receive the sponsoring agency discount.  If you are unsure whether your agency is a sponsor of SHARE Education Services or you do not know who your SHARE representative is, ask us at the “contact us” button on this website.


Housing costs will be paid to the hotel when you leave at the end of the conference. Visa/MasterCard and Hungarian Forint are acceptable forms of payment to the hotel. A credit card must be presented upon arrival to secure your payment. Actual costs will be deducted from your card, or you may pay in cash, when you check out. There are local banks for exchanging money and ATM machines nearby for getting Hungarian Forint.


Shuttle fees will be paid via a secure online payment link after we receive your travel itinerary.


We will send additional conference details in January to all who have registered but feel free to write any time you have questions.


NOTE: SHARE Education Services cannot provide letters of invitation for persons needing visas into Hungary.