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SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Rating: 4.94 stars   31 reviews 1,812

Address:

2601 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 322 Santa Monica CA 90405-5212 USA

Mission:

SHARE! is a global nonprofit educational foundation. Our mission is to create opportunities for greater tolerance and understanding between Americans and peoples of the world. Each year, the SHARE! High School Exchange Program selects and sponsors approximately 750 exchange students, between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, to experience life in the United States by living with Host Families and attending local public high schools for one semester or a full academic year.

Results:

530 students were placed this school year with wonderful volunteer host families.

Target demographics:

Host an Exchange Student!

Direct beneficiaries per year:

place more than 550 international high school exchange students have the American experience of a lifetime while living with their volunteer host family

Geographic areas served:

international education and travel

Programs:

SHARE! places over 550 international high school exchange student's a year between the ages of 15-18 with volunteer host families. SHARE! families are diverse! Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults, and retired couples all make wonderful host families. Any adult with a safe, clean, loving environment, is encouraged to host. Host families provide: A bed, 3 meals a day as well as a loving environment, friendship and a desire to share American culture. The host family may also choose their own student that best fits into their family from over 25 countries from around the world! SHARE! Students all speak English, come fully medically insured and with their own spending money for personal expenses. They attend the host family’s local high school for a school year or semester. Contact SHARE! today at 800-941-3738 or sharesouthwest.org to start your adventure of a lifetime! Also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharesouthwest

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800-941-3738
www.sharesouthwest.org

Reviews for SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

6 people found this review helpful

SHARE! High School Exchange Program- WE LOVE THIS NON-PROFIT! The staff is second to none and the sense of personalized attention to all family and student matters is wonderful. Best volunteer decision we could have made for our family!


 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We have had a great experience as a SHARE! host family. We have a 6th and 8th grader and they learned so much from being host siblings to our daughter from China that has better prepared them for high school. They do an amazing job overall and the host families we met come from a very diverse population. SHARE! really cares about your family and their students. This is a special organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

They're great! Very helpful in every step of the way with our exchange student experience. Our EPC is always checking in and helping anywhere she can! We love SHARE!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

We love Share! My husband and I have been hosting with Share for 14 years. We have hosted some wonderful students from many different countries. The people in this organization really care about the host families and the foreign exchange students. If you have ever thought about hosting a student, I would suggest that you host with Share!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been hosting for 12 years. We have hosted some wonderful students from many countries. We have had the opportunity of visiting many of them in their home countries. It has been a very rewarding experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to let more people know about this amazing opportunity! Since they are a non-profit, they have a very limited budget for advertising.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dear Cathy74, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your 12 years of experience with SHARE!. We are so happy you've found being a host family to be such a rewarding experience and very much appreciate your continued volunteerism with SHARE!. Best Regards, Yvette Coffman SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

my wife and I are so pleased to have the opportunity to host these most intristring students. we are so lucky to have an organisation as SHARE to personalize there support and services to fit or needs to make this a sucssessfull program. as a Cajun would say GO SHARE.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

We are a house parent of a wonderful boy from the Netherlands, a wonderful opportunity for him in the USA, and even better for my wife and I to learn about the Netherlands. We have fallen in love with our new son! Thanks Share!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Share- High school exchange program has made a huge impact on my family and friend's lives.
We are always honored to share our heritage with the students and the program is there for us if we need any assistance. I am very thakful for the effort the staff puts into making this program work so smoothly. It has changed my life and has been a great blessing working with the program.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Share Exchange Student Program- We have hosted for the last 4 years and love it. Share Staff is Amazing!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

SHARE is the best. We are in our second year with this organization and couldn't ask for friendlier or more knowledgable staff .. We will be hosting with SHARE again and again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I LOVE this organization! The staff is knowledgeable and responsive, they work hard to find the perfect fit for their carefully selected students and host families, and the safety and wellness of the students is their top priority. I've volunteered with Share for three years and have nothing but good things to say. This will certainly be a long-term relationship!

 
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