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SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Rating: 4.93 stars   46 reviews 1,987

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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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

7 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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I started my experience with SHARE! as a host family and then became a coordinator. My family has since hosted 11 students and I have been coordinating for 9 of those years. My family has gained so much from these wonderful students! My children are so much more open to culture and differences around the world which has made them better people. Consider opening your home to experience this opportunity of a lifetime....you will not regret it!

 
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We love this nonprofit group as a student exchange program they are the best we were with another group and had a bad experience but with them they gave us a lot of great advice And we have had a wonderful time and experience working with this group

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have had the privilege of both "working" as a local coordinator and hosting students for the SHARE! Exchange Student Program.

In both roles, I found the regional and national staff to be supportive and readily available for any questions of concerns. The company strives to keep student safety a high priority. Satisfaction and a successful exchange year for host families and students are other important parts of this program.

Because SHARE has such a great program, overseas organizations love to partner with us, and as a result, we have the best international students in the world. Our kids are awesome!

On the local level, coordinators stay in contact with host families from the beginning home interview, throughout the entire year, coaching families and students with any issues that may arise. Many of our families host more than once!

I have learned so much from my students about other cultures and their beliefs. I have personally experienced how understanding can bridge faraway countries together and improve world peace.

Recently, the teenage daughter of a former host family contacted me. She was graduating high school and wanted me to know what a significant role the exchange program was in her life. I felt privileged to have been able to bring that experience to her!

I love being involved with SHARE! and cannot imagine it not being a daily part of my life!

 
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Start with SHARE! I feel the organization has been helpful, yet not intruding, as a host mom. The level of respect I have been shown as a host home is second to none. The young people are welcomed into homes and expect nothing but friendship. Our family has opened our hearts to SHARE! exchange students since 2002 and each season is a new reason to live life together.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

My family chose to volunteer by welcoming a student in 2002. Since then, we are addicted to learning other's cultures and ideas, expanding our knowledge for the world and adding "siblings" to our ever-growing family! We have now welcomed 12 international students over the years. Sharing life with students who are eager to learn about the typical American family is as much a blessing to us as it is to the student.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

This is my first year as a coordinator for SHARE, and I have had a good experience! I've appreciated the support from my regional administrator; she has been awesome and always available to answer questions and provide support. The program seems to be well organized with good, consistent follow up set up through the program, with the students and host families. I'm impressed with how thorough they are and that they have the students best interest at heart. I look forward to being a coordinator again.

 
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My husband and I have been hosting exchange students since 1993. We have worked with many different companies throughout this time span and by far SHARE! High School Exchange Program has been the best. They are very supportive of both host families and students.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This is the most supportive and responsive group of people I've ever worked with! From placing students to hosting students and everything in between, the staff will go above and beyond to provide the tools, information, and support necessary for a successful host year. I highly recommend Share!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have been hosting foreign exchange students with Share! for the past 14 years. We have had some wonderful experiences with some great students from all over the world. The organization is very ethical and caring., If you have ever considered hosting a student (or two), you should contact Share! and learn more about this opportunity.

 
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5 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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9 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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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

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with this organization for over 10 years. First as a host family, second as a coordinator and a host family. This is one of the most rewarding organizations to volunteer for. You are getting to experience the world by sharing your home with an international student. I have hosted 10 students in my home from 5 different countries. My family and I have gained so much from this when actually we thought that it was us that was giving to the student. Take a chance on this. You and your family will be happy you did. Your coordinator will be with you all along the way to help you out.

 
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9 people found this review helpful

My family and I have hosted 8 students through Share! We started hosting because my son asked us to help out a friend. We continue hosting because of what we received out of the program. We thought we were going to help these students but somehow along the way, we fell in love with these kids (we had two boys our first year). I often questioned what the "Share" or "Exchange" part was since our children were not going to another country, but I have learned we exchanged our ideas and culture with another student and they share and exchange their culture with our family. These kids start as a picture on a profile but leave as my child. In fact one of my "children" have come home to visit this month. He is from Brazil and stayed with us year before last. He will be here for the month of July. This is a relationship that lasts a lifetime, not just the 9 months they are here. I strongly advise anyone that is curious about the program to call. The coordinators are here to answer any questions and help you through the process. This is a very rewarding program for the student as well as the families. It has made a difference in my family.

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

I cant think of anything!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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