Empowering the youth of today for life tomorrow.
To empower today's youth by equipping them with linguistic and cultural immersive experiences that will positively impact their future.
ultimateXchange is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide unique opportunities that aid students in learning and improving their English.
We believe learning language in an active and safe environment will stimulate and inspire students in their English learning journey.
The schools do well in teaching students English grammar, reading, writing, and spelling while ultimateXchange exists to take the student’s language learning experience to the next level.
As we provide opportunities for students to fully immerse themselves in the English language, their linguistic abilities will be challenged and ultimately grow.
As unique of a program as ultimateXchange is, its no wonder that the idea behind it was born in such a unique way. ultimateXchange’s founder Nick Copland grew up in a family that hosted exchange students from all around the world throughout his entire childhood. Once he and his wife, Shannan, moved to Milan, Italy, while learning a new culture and language, he was reminded of what it must have been like for all those students he grew up with. He remembered how the students had grown in their
English abilities from the day they first arrived to having been with them for a year. The transition that took place in their lives after being immersed in the English language was unbelievable.
After having been immersed themselves in the Italian language and culture for over a year, Nick and Shannan fell completely in love with the people of Italy, and an idea was born. They dreamed of developing a program where they could help provide a special opportunity for Italian students to have a full-immersion language and cultural experience in the USA and also in Italy.
Later Nick and Shannan learned of a unique type of exchange program, which had a slightly different twist to it. Instead of the students spending an entire year in the USA, they would just spend the month of July in the USA with host families. The students’ month of full immersion English would be jam packed with fun activities and unforgettable memories as they simultaneously expand their linguistic abilities.
And in addition to the month abroad, students would have the opportunity to practice their English on a regular basis through English clubs, outings, and other activities that put their English into action.
Thus, ultimateXchange was born.
Nick and Shannan Copland are the founders of ultimateXchange. Nick grew up in a family that hosted over 30 exchange students from around the world while Shannan was raised in the multi-cultural San Francisco Bay Area. They met in an organization teaching character education to students all across the United States. Since being married in 2008 they have lived cross-culturally in two European countries.
Nick and Shannan have each received their bachelor degrees with Nick’s focus on Cross-Cultural Studies and Shannan’s specialization in Counseling. Together they have been working with students since 2004 in a myriad of different ways.
One of Nick’s favorite experiences in life was working as a host for Carnival Cruise Lines. He feels most energized when he is able to immerse himself in the outdoors. Shannan is a singer-songwriter who enjoys inspiring and collaborating with other musicians.
They have lived in Italy since 2012 and affectionately call Verona, Italy their home.