SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews 730

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Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 51-0153563
800-941-3738
www.sharesouthwest.org
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

SHARE! is a wonderful, supportive program with experienced, caring leaders. There is always someone there to answer questions and guide us through. This is our first year hosting, and after talking with and looking over other exchange organizations, SHARE! seemed to have the best mission, most effective and thorough process, and excellent staff. They've proved to be everything they seemed to be and more. I love that you cannot view a picture of a student while choosing - the emphasis on matching personalities is HUGELY important, protects the students, and makes the family look at the truly important details. In my opinion, this small feature is in large part what gives the program such success. Our student is studious, funny, and sweet, and fits into our family even better than expected. A++!

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Welcome to the SHARE! family JennyR. We are so happy you are enjoying your experience as a host family and give you a A++ for your incredible spirit of volunteerism! Yvette Coffman SHARE! High School Exchange Program

Welcome to the SHARE! family JennyR. We are so happy to hear how well your high school exchange is going and give you and your family an A++ for such spirit of volunteerism! Yvette Coffman SHARE! High School Exchange Program

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1 person found this review helpful

SHARE! is a well-organized nonprofit organization for exchange students. I could always call my programm-coordinator if I had any problems or needed advise and she could always help me. The work of SHARE! is efficient and everything goes very fast.
I am an exchange student from Germany and I was placed in New Mexico. I like the nature of New Mexico, for example the beautiful sunrises (just look for "New Mexico Sunrise" on Google and you will see what I am talking about). I also loved visiting places like Dallas with my host family, going to church every sunday or watching Football with my host Dad.
In High School I have played Football and went to see the home games every Friday night until we finally became state champs.
This was the biggest adventure of my 16-year-old life.

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2 people found this review helpful

This is our first year hosting. We have immensely enjoyed our year so far. The share program has been easy to work with and they are concerned about the happiness of both the student and the family. We are planning on hosting again next year.

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2 people found this review helpful

We have hosted 8 students and it has been the best thing we have ever done for our family. it has helped my daughters and my husband and I be more open minded, more welcoming and more internationally minded. We now have family in Europe and we love visiting them in their homes and we love when the students come back to visit us in their second home. SHARE! is so supportive of the host families and always has the student's best interests in mind. we are so thankful for this organization!

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2 people found this review helpful

As a coordinator I am overjoyed to meet all the wonderful families that make my job worthwhile. Families willing to open their home and heart to an international student brings another part of the world into their lives and that of their communities. I know that even the first time host families who were a little worried about what changes hosting could bring into their lives, were ALWAYS pleasantly surprised! I too find myself surprised of how much growth goes on during the stay. Both the families and the students grow in so many ways- especially in their bond with one another. Some students will keep in touch with their host families way after they are gone back to their country. I love my job, I love finding families that I myself would feel at ease leaving my child with if I were not there with them.
I too have hosted and must admit that each time, I learn many more things about myself. Every circumstance has made me wiser, more accepting and even more loving towards people who are different...., because in the end, by spending one or two semesters with them, I realize we actually more alike than different.
Hosting can close many gaps, opens your mind, your heart, and a Whole New World!

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3 people found this review helpful

We are hosting with Share! High School Exchange program. Our experience has changed our lives forever. Share! coordinators are available 24/7 should a problem arise. They are extremely quick to respond do any questions we have. We were told our students are carefully screened to make sure that our experience is everything that it should be, we were not let down! Our student is amazing and we have absolutely no complaints about Share!.

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4 people found this review helpful

Share is the most awesome supportive organization. We are Ambassadors to the world of International Exchange Students. We provide an incredible cultural exchange for our International students and their American host families. Life long relationships are forged between our host students, their host families, their communities, and our students' families. What a joy to contribute to our diverse global community!!!!!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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4 people found this review helpful

SHARE! is the absolute best program - ever! I have been involved in student exchange for over 30 years and the last 20 has been with SHARE! and will continue for many years to come. Everyone with SHARE! is compassionate about the program and take interest in every student, host family and local coordinators.

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5 people found this review helpful

What a wonderful organization to work with, very caring and always responds to any concern whether student , family, or to me! I highly recommend this organization to volunteers, whether hosting or working with students.

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4 people found this review helpful

As an exchange program coordinator I have had an en excellent experience placing over 30 students in wonderful SHARE families. I have great support from our Regional office and I cannot say enough good things about our host families. I love them! Every year I plan special activities. We have had pot lucks, gone to baseball games, gone hiking and to visit historical sights, to rodeos, the State Fair, to holiday light festivals and to the state capital. Our students have been screened and SHARE welcomes loving stable families who are also screened to host. They, like myself feel that it is one of the best experiences they have had as a family. As empty nesters my husband and I continue to host and we enjoy giving to a young person, guiding them through their experience here and developing a lifelong friendship. Four of our family's students have been back for visits and consider us their "American" family. We have been to visit them in their homes as well over the years. We raised two boys of our own and this was a great way to spend time with a " daughter" at last as well! Please consider hosting!

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

I cannot think of anything I would change.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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