Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE) is an award winning not-for-profit organisation specialising in international educational exchange programs for secondary school students. As the first student exchange organisation to be based in Australia, SCCE was founded with the belief that the international family-living experience makes a vital contribution to human understanding, tolerance of cultural differences and self-awareness – an irreplaceable opportunity to learn about others and yourself.
SCCE facilitates exchange programs to countries all over the world for both Australian and New Zealand high school students, and also organises host families and educational experiences for International students to visit here.
Our programs give our worldwide members – students, their parents, host families and volunteers – a chance to gain an education without national boundaries. The result is friendship, empathy and personal growth.
Living Like a Local
There is truly a world of difference between a tourist and someone living as a family member for an extended period of time. An exchange program will allow you to live in a country and experience it as a local on a day-to-day basis. You will live with a carefully-selected host family as a member of the family, attending the local school, participating in school life with fellow students. You will make friends for life!
One important element of your cultural exchange program will be your role as an ambassador for Australia or New Zealand. People will be curious to know more about you and your way of life back at home.
Engage your sense of adventure and quest to understand a new culture – its language and customs – and accept the challenge of living with a host family. There is no better way to begin to understand yourself, your opinions, beliefs and ideals. Make the commitment today to learn more about the world through personal experience. We hope that you will come back home more confident and ready to become part of a changing global community.
The Host Family
The family is the oldest classroom for cultural understanding and is the centre of the exchange experience.
The rare opportunity to live as a family member in another country comes only to young participants on exchange programs. It is a unique change to gain lifelong friendships in another part of the world.
You will gradually become an accepted member of the family unit through observation and participation in the daily life of the family and its surrounding community. You will require perseverance and patience.
You will be treated as a member of the family. Volunteer host families may be the families of doctors, teachers, farmers, mechanics or park rangers. Their home may be a cottage or a castle, in a rural area, small town or big city suburb. The one thing all host families have in common is a willingness to share their home without compensation and accept you as a son or daughter.
Becoming part of an overseas school community will give you another opportunity to make international friends, discover customs and feel part of another community.
You will be given the chance to take advantage of the many new and different courses, timetables, social and sporting activities.
State and private schools must accept SCCE exchange students without educational fees. Any costs such as subject levies or supplies must be borne by the student if not waived by the school.
Subject choices vary considerably all over the world. Participants are advised to not expect continuity among educational systems, but to take advantage of the opportunity to study something different.
To further tolerance
To challenge youth towards international understanding
To encourage youth
towards further learning
To provide self-knowledge and awareness
SCCE lauded for community contribution in business excellence award
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange was pleased to be conferred the honour of the prestigious Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Award in 2014 for Community Contribution, in recognition of its role in advancing international understanding between Australian communities and the rest of the world. To read a newspaper report in the Mornington News, please click on this link http://issuu.com/morningtonnews/docs/mn_4th_november_2014 and turn to page 11 of the paper.