Become a Local Coordinator

Local Coordinators place foreign exchange students with volunteer American host families and assist them throughout the year.
  • Overview

    Extroverted. Passionate. Self-starter. These are just some of the qualities that our best Local Coordinators possess. These curious and motivated individuals have the rewarding job of finding families in their community who are interested in hosting a foreign exchange student. Local Coordinators also monitor and supervise exchange students and help them adjust to their new life in America.

    Local Coordinator Basics
    • Independent contractor role (eligible to earn a payment)
    • Part-time, work from home
    • Must be at least 26 years old
    • Ability to attend professional development and training workshops
    • Opportunity for domestic and international travel to annual conferences
  • Our Students

    Meet some of the students we have available to host! Let us help match you with a foreign exchange student who shares your family's lifestyle and common interests:

    26 students available


    France Age 17 Fall Semester 2020

    Alessia, 17 years old, from France, has been playing volleyball since she was 9 years old. She plays center because she is tall. Alessia also enjoys skiing and cooking. Her specialty is cheesecake. Her desserts make people happy! Alessia's dream is to find a job that can help people, so she is focused on human sciences and philosophy. Alessia is sociable, sunny, generous, and outgoing. She has always been interested in getting to know the American culture.



    Brazil Age 16 Fall Semester 2020

    Meet Ana Luiza, 16 years old from Brazil. Her favorites subjects are Biology, History, Geography and English. Her family loves to travel to learn about new places and enjoy new cultures. Ana loves to listen to music (and also sing them), to watch romantic or criminal movies, reading books, traveling, surfing the internet, and playing with her dogs. She charismatic, loving, hopeful, and determined, Ana likes to help other people, make new friends and learn new things. In her exchange, she would like to share her culture and hope you share your culture with her too.



    Italy Age 17 Fall Semester 2020

    Seventeen-year-old Aurora from Italy says, "My biggest dream is finally coming true!" Family is very important to Aurora. She has many cousins, both older and younger, and thinks of them like siblings. Her uncles ask her to babysit because she is good with children. Aurora enjoys music, attending concerts, and watching movies. She also loves to read and write. She goes to a linguistic high school where she is learning English, French, and German. She hopes to be a cheerleader in her American school. Aurora enjoys cooking pasta, pizza, and cakes. She says, "I can't wait to cook Italian dishes for you, so that I'll be able to take a piece of my home, of my Italy, in your house. My grandmother taught me all the recipes!"



    Italy Age 16 Fall Semester 2020

    Say Hello to Camilla, she is 16 years old and lives in Italy. Camilla love singing, because when she sings she feels free and powerful. Camilla also loves languages and at school she studies English. Her favorite pastime is baking, she does that mainly when she has some free time. Camilla wants to live in America to learn about a new culture, she says “I ‘ve always had the big American dream that everybody has, and I honestly can't wait to leave my country to be there with you”.



    Italy Age 16 Fall Semester 2020

    If you have ever watched a circus or Cirque du Soleil show, you may have seen aerial silk acrobatics. Cecilia, a 16-year-old girl from Italy, loves the freedom she feels climbing up some fabrics, hanging from the ceiling, and performing acrobatics high above the floor. She also loves helping a little girl with her homework in math, history, and English. Cecilia is a vegetarian for ethical reasons. She does not eat meat or fist, but she can prepare her own food and would be "super happy about cooking Italian dishes for you." Her big passion is makeup, and she has been dancing since she was a little girl. She promises to be collaborative and positive, and she thanks you from her heart for hosting her.



    Brazil Age 16 Fall Semester 2020

    16 year old Clara is leaving her twin behind in Brazil when she comes to America as an exchange student. She says that she is used to taking a lot of photograhs when she travels, so fair warning to her host family. One thing that Clara likes to do is stay healthy by exercising at the gym. Clara loves young children and has no concerns with pets that her host family may have. She promises to help out around the house in her new American family.


  • Responsibilities

    Local Coordinator Responsibilities
    • Actively seek volunteer host families in their community
    • Provide guidance and support to foreign exchange students
    • Build relationships with local high schools
    • Represent Greenheart Exchange and other Greenheart programs in a professional manner
    • Provide information to American students wishing to study and travel abroad through Greenheart Travel
  • Group Coordinating

    If you are interested in facilitating a short and sweet exchange experience for a number of students coming at the same time, consider becoming a Group Local Coordinator. Group Coordinators place and supervise international students in the United States, recruit and screen host families, and organize activities in their own community for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. Most groups take place in the summer, though programs are also offered during winter and spring breaks as well. Group students come from all over the world, including Spain, France, Italy, Japan, China, Korea and more.

    Qualifications and Responsibilities

    Ideal candidates are highly organized, resourceful, connected to their community (have lived in the same community at least 3 years), able to manage a budget, and experienced in working with students from other countries. This can be a great experience for teachers with summers or other fixed periods of time off. Note that this is a contract position, not an opportunity for full time work.

    • Recruiting and interviewing between 10 and 20 volunteer host families from a community
    • Providing orientations to families and students
    • Leading recreational activities and excursions
    • Arranging English classes and/or school visits
    • Coordinating transportation
    • Providing ongoing support to students and host families

    “Working with the groups has been highly rewarding and very gratifying. The students are also absolutely appreciative for all of their excursions, new surroundings and most importantly, their host families.” — Rosanna, Group Coordinator in California


    • Supplemental income: Group Coordinators earn approximately $2,000 – $5,000 per group (varies based on size, type, and location of the group)
    • Incentive points to be able travel on Greenheart Exchange annual incentive conferences
    • Becoming more acquainted with your community through working with schools, clubs, neighborhood associations, and social and religious organizations
    • Contributing to increased cultural awareness and understanding in the world
    • Must be willing and able to spend a considerable amount of time promoting the program to the local community in the months before students arrive; coordinators must feel comfortable approaching schools, churches, organizations, and individuals in order to identify suitable hosts.
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