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:

    9 students available

    Albert

    Czech Republic Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Albert, a 16-year-old from the Czech Republic, is passionate about engineering and technical issues. He is interested in everything about computers. In his free time, he enjoys taekwondo, floorball (similar to ground hockey), computer games, chess, movies, and playing games with friends. He wants to have perfect English and looks forward to sharing the Czech culture with you.

    INTERESTS

    Aleksandra

    Poland Age 17 Academic Year 2020-21

    Aleksandra, who goes by Ola, is an active person, she likes walking, going to the gym, and roller skating. She is also interested in fashion and psychology. She is spontaneous­ and likes trying new things. Ola is a friendly young person who loves adventures, people and wants to experience as much as possible in life. She has her own opinion and listens to the opinions of others to gain a broader view. She is a good student, has good grades and her English is very good. Ola is looking forward to meeting her new family.

    INTERESTS

    Angela

    Hong Kong Age 15 Academic Year 2020-21

    While 15-year-old Angela now lives in Hong Kong, as a youngster she lived in the States and is a US citizen. Her days are filled with the Arts and she loves many of them. Modern dance is her favorite, followed by Latin dance; but she also plays the piano and very much enjoys drawing. Angela has strong English skills, likes children, is willing to attend church with her host family on occasion and wants us to know that she is fine with cats and dogs, but she is fearful of reptiles as pets.

    INTERESTS

    Elzbieta

    Poland Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Meet Ela, a sixteen-year-old girl from Poland. Ela loves Math and is fascinated with Physics like her dad. When the weather is good, the sky is clear they watch stars and planets through a telescope. She is a hard-working student, that always tries to reach her goals and make her dreams come true. Ela loves skiing in the water and doing gymnastics. She says that she and her dad are big fans of Star Wars and have watched all the movies many times. She is really looking forward to getting to know your family, her school, and your home.

    INTERESTS

    Luca

    Germany Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Luca's big passion is music. He has been playing the guitar for much of his life, and recently took up the violin. He plays in multiple bands at his school, and enjoys listening to the classics like Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, and Ray Charles, preferably on vinyl. Luca also enjoys reading and skiing with his family and friends in the German Alps. While he will miss his dog at home, he cannot wait to meet his new family, pets included!

    INTERESTS

    Magnus

    Denmark Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Magnus is a smiling, polite, open-minded, sociable 16-year-old from Denmark. He is very active and especially loves ice skating, which he has practiced for eight years, skiing, hiking, fishing, and playing video games. He also enjoys looking at and talking about cars. He is responsible and accustomed to children because he sometimes cares for his 9-year-old nephew and 8-year-old niece. He likes to work with his hands and is thinking about a career in carpentry or nature photography. He would love to experience the American lifestyle, make American friends, and improve his English.

    INTERESTS

  • 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

    Benefits

    • 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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