Hungary Family Education Conference
February 23-28, 2020

 Registration will begin November 1st

This conference focuses on children’s education for English-speaking families who are living and serving cross-culturally 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.
  • Educational assessment in English will be available for children.
  • Quality programs for children and teens offer activities for building relational and academic skills.
  • Expand your libraries by exchanging resources with other families.

Conference Location

Hotel Azúr

8600 Siófok,

Vitorlás u.11


Telephone:  +36-84-605-400

When to Arrive and Depart

Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon (23 February 2020) after 2 pm. If your child will participate in the early achievement testing time slot on Sunday, you will want to arrive on Saturday (22 February 2020). That testing session will begin at 8:30 am on Sunday (see info below). 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 (28 February 2020). If you wish to depart on Saturday (29 February 2020), 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

·         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

Our Speakers:

Michael Pollock: Michael is an international educator, author, presenter, consultant and coach. He serves as Executive Director of Interaction International and founded Daraja, focused on young adult TCK care and advocacy. An Adult TCK himself, (US and Kenya) he worked in China for nine years as an international school principal and student development director. He holds a Masters in Education from Loyola University, Baltimore, and a coaching credential from Creative Results Management, ICF. He has presented globally on TCKs, cross-cultural education, parenting and transition at international schools, U.S. Universities and global conferences. Through co-authoring Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds (3rd edition), Michael promotes a thriving life for people moving cross-culturally.

Dr. Rebecca Pitkin: Becky is the Executive Director of the Education Standards and Practices Board for the state of North Dakota. She has a great heart for cross-cultural families and has been with us before as a speaker and consultant.

Dr. Jonathan and Julie Feicht: Recently named Gifted Program Teacher of the Year for the U.S. state of Georgia, Jonathan currently teaches at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming Georgia. Julie homeschools her boys and has a Master’s Degree in Education.  

James and Jennifer Peterson: James served as a pastor for 25 years and currently serves as Executive Director of Personnel for ReachGlobal. He will be our devotional speaker. Jennifer homeschooled their five children and will offer workshops for parents.


They will be joined in offering workshops by many of our SHARE staff who have lived and served in this part of the world for many years.

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.

Ages 5-12:

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 friends 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! 

Please note that we are limiting numbers in the teen program in order to better serve our wonderful teens! Please consider coming to the Greece conference if you do not get a place in the Hungary conference. At both conferences, the programs will be the same theme with similar activities.

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 January 15. 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 ERA.

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. Session One time slot may be chosen from either Sunday morning, February 23, from 8:30 to 12:00, OR Tuesday afternoon, February 25, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Session two will be Sunday afternoon, February 23, for all participants, from 1:30 to approximately 4:00 pm. Testing for grades 9-12 will be on Sunday afternoon, February 23, from 1:30 to approximately 5:30 pm.

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)

(U.S. Price usually $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

(US Price usually $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

(US Price usually $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 usually $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.

*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.


Registration Fee

Sponsoring Agency*

(additional 20% discount)


$250 single

$350 couple

$200 single

$280 couple

Teens (13+)



Children (0-12)



 *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 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. These funds are intended only for families who are serving cross-culturally with evangelical non-profit agencies.


Hotel Fees

Half Board Rates include breakfast, lunch and one coffee break per day. 

All prices are per person, not per room. A tourist tax of 400 HUF/day and a service charge of 1 Euro/day will be added to each person age 18 and older.

Rates per person/per night

Approximate costs in USD

(may change at time of conference)

ADULT (18 + years) in a shared room

51 Euro


ADULT in a single room

73 Euro


CHILD sharing parents room    0-3,99 years

00 Euro


CHILD sharing parents room    4-11,99 years

25.5 Euro


CHILD sharing parents room    12-13,99 years

36 Euro


CHILD sharing parents room    14-17,99 years

46 Euro


CHILD in a connecting room, minimum 2 children 0-11,99 years

25.5 Euro


**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 (8 minutes by bus or 15 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 6 pm ONLY. We will be able to provide service on the following dates: 22 and 23 February and 28 and 29 February. Arrivals and departures outside of those days need to be arranged privately. The trip is approximately 80-90 minutes from the airport to the hotel, depending on traffic. Shuttle fees may be paid as you register or via a secure online payment link if you decide on shuttle service later.

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 discountbefore you hit the “submit” button. You will receive a payment confirmation from PayPal but 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.

February 1 will be the last day to receive a full refund on your registration fee if you need to cancel. Refunds of 50% 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 may be paid as you register or via a secure online payment link if you add this service later.

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.