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:

    56 students available


    Japan Age 16 Fall 2019

    Meet Otone from Japan. She loves tennis and has been playing since she was four!  She comes from a big tennis family. When Otone is not on the court, she enjoys watching television or a good movie, playing card games and the occasional karaoke outing. Otone is really looking forward to being part of an American family and learning more about life as an American teenager.

    Unique ID: 118061



    Japan Age 16 Fall 2019

    Wakana is coming to America from Japan!  She plays tennis and volleyball. During the winter she likes to ski. Wakana participates in a dance club at school. In her future Wakana is hoping to be an official interpreter. She sees the importance of not only knowing another language, but the culture behind it to help communicate and translate thoughts. Studying in America and living with an American family will certainly give her a good foundation for her future profession.

    Unique ID: 118058



    Japan Age 15 Fall 2019

    Nino will be arriving from Japan this fall! She is looking forward to meeting her new Host Family and living in America.  Nino enjoys both playing and watching tennis. She also enjoys playing the flute, piano and singing. She is looking forward to singing along with American songs.  Bike riding, stopping to take scenic pictures and eating sweets are a few activities Nino hopes to do in America. And in her downtime, she loves a good game of Fortnight!

    Unique ID: 118057



    Japan Age 15 Fall 2019

    Haruna is a 15 year old girl from Japan whose favorite sport to play is tennis. Additionally, she likes cooking, swimming, and traveling around Japan. Haruna would like to be an English teacher one day, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to practice her English through this immersive exchange year. She can't wait to meet her host family and experience her host community.

    Unique ID: 122952



    Japan Age 16 Fall 2019

    Kome is a 16 year old girl from Japan who enjoys being involved in her community while she is not in school. This includes being a member of culture club, volunteering, dancing, and playing volley ball. Kome is especially looking forward to trying American food when she comes to the U.S. because she loves trying new cuisines. She is so excited to start her exchange year and looks forward to bonding with her host family!

    Unique ID: 121302



    Japan Age 17 Fall 2019

    Mari is a 17 year old girl from Japan who enjoys a variety of activities including cooking, reading, running, and playing with Lily, her pet poodle. Luckily, she gets to do most of her favorite activities through her school. Mari wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up because she loves being around animals. She is thrilled for this opportunity to come to the U.S. and learn about American values, traditions, and cultures. She is so thankful to her future host family for taking her in for the school year!

    Unique ID: 120993


  • 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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