Information for the 2020 Greece FEC
Registration opens on November 15, 2019 at 07:00 CET
- This conference focuses on children’s education for English-speaking families who are living and serving cross-culturally.
- 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.
- Educational assessment will be available for native English-speaking children.
- Quality programs for children and teens offer activities for building relational and academic skills.
- Expand your libraries by exchanging resources with other families.
NegroPonte Resort Eretria
19th Km Nat. Rd. Chalkis-Kymi, Eretria, EVIA – GREECE
+30 2229 061935
+30 2229 063134
+30 2229 061913
When to Arrive and Depart
Plan to arrive on Monday afternoon (6 April 2020) after 3 pm. If your child will participate in the early achievement testing time slot on Monday, you will want to arrive on Sunday (5 April 2020). That testing session will begin at 8:30 am on Monday (see info below). The teens begin their program at 7 pm Monday evening. Adult and children’s programs begin on Tuesday morning. Departure is after lunch on Saturday (11 April 2020). If you wish to depart on Sunday (12 April 2020), please indicate that on the registration form now, as rooms may not be available later for Saturday evening.
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 (TCKs)
- Success in using local schools
- Learning in a second language
- Online schooling
- 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 topics
Our Plenary Speaker:
Michelle Phoenix: Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is a mentor, writer and speaker with a heart for MKs. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own ministry advocating for Third Culture Kids. 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.
Our Devotional and Ladies Chai ‘n’ Chat Speaker:
Don and Linda Filcek: Don and Linda Filcek met as summer camp counselors in Northern Michigan. Don earned a master’s degree in Islamic studies from Columbia International University, and they moved to Northern England. They returned earlier than expected and worked with an international student ministry back at Western Michigan University. For the past 15 years, Don has been a pastor at ReCAST Church.
Our Worship Leader:
David Schrock: Hey Folks! I have been playing on worship teams since high school and am a 2018 grad of Grace Bible College with a degree in Worship Arts. Currently, I am serving as a Youth and Worship Intern at ReCAST Church of Mattawan. I have been playing guitar for over 9 years, love photography, videography, and food. I am excited to meet and serve you in Greece!
Programs for Children and Teens
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.
Infants and 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 Space. 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.
We love teens at SHARE! Our staff is eager to spend the week with you. Come join us for awesome fellowship, inspirational worship, and creative, hilarious activities. In addition, our speakers have prepared topics just for you. From the first evening, you will meet new friends and reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while. We want you to have a great week where you can connect spiritually and hang out with other TCK’s who “get” you. We can’t wait to see you!
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. The last date to sign up for testing is 1 March 2020. 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.
ERA – Early Reading 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 assessment.
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 will be Monday, April 6.
Note: SHARE recommends testing every other year, but these tests are appropriate for families requiring or desiring annual testing.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation (Ages birth – adult)
(US Price $250) 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.
Speech Evaluation (possibly)
(US Price $250) 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 (possibly)
(US Price $250) 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)
(US Price $2250) 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.
Career Direct – (ages 16 and up)
(US Price $160) Sponsoring agency: $44; Non-sponsoring agency: $55
Career Direct is one of the few assessment tools to approach career guidance from a biblical perspective. Career Direct co-founder Larry Burkett became concerned that so many people were in careers that didn’t match their talents and abilities. Unlike other career guidance assessments that explore one or two facets of a person’s identity, Career Direct examines four essential components of career selection: personality, interests, skills, and values. As a result, Career Direct is one of the most comprehensive guidance systems on the market today.
*Testing fees may be paid via a link sent to you once the specific assessments are confirmed.
Conference Registration Fees – Exchange rates may vary at time of registration
*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. You will need a code to get the discount when you register.
Scholarships toward registration fees: 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 in your request. Once approved, we will send you a discount code to enter on the site as you register. The number of scholarships is limited to 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. We are happy to try to ensure your family’s participation. These funds are intended only for families who are serving cross-culturally with evangelical non-profit agencies.
Hotel FeesThese prices are to provide information for planning purposes only. Those requesting hotel rooms will be invoiced separately.
- Be sure to bring your bathing suit as the hotel has lovely indoor and outdoor pools. The pools will remain open until 21:00 (9 pm) each evening.
- The hotel also offers exercise equipment.
- The hotel requests no wheelie shoes or skateboards inside the hotel.
Shuttle Service Times and Fees
The nearest airport is Athens. Let us know NOW if you need shuttle service to/from the Athens International Airport to the hotel even if you don’t have your travel itinerary yet. Shuttle Service will be on a limited time basis only to/from the Athens International Airport to the NegroPonte Resort. Prices for this shuttle service will be available by 1 February 2020. The latest to request shuttle service is 15 March 2020. You will be invoiced at that time for the shuttle service. Should you order shuttle service, then chose a different form of transportation, refunds will not be available after April 1.
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 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. When you have entered your agency code, the amount of the discount or scholarship will be deducted automatically but you must click on “apply discount” before you hit the “submit” button.
You will receive a payment confirmation from PayPal. However, your place at the conference is not secured until you receive a confirmation email from SHARE at the address you entered on your registration form.
Should you need to cancel, in order to receive a full refund of your conference registration fee, we must receive written notification via email by March 15, 2020. After March 15, 2020, refunds of 50% will be available until April 6, 2020, unless there are other families waiting to take your place.
Housing and shuttle fees will be invoiced separately and payable through the secure payment site where you may pay by credit card or PayPal account on the PayPal payment portals.
In March we will send additional conference details to all who have registered. Should you have any questions or concerns feel free to write at any time.
NOTE: SHARE Education Services cannot provide letters of invitation for persons needing visas into Greece.