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:

    33 students available


    Czech Republic Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Adam is a 16 year old boy from the Czech Republic who loves to play beach volleyball when he is not in school. He is also interested in electronics and likes listening to electronic dance music while he's doing his chores at home. Adam loves tinkering with electronics so much that he even has a 3D printer that he uses to make small parts for his projects. He is thrilled be coming to the U.S. for a school year and getting to know his host family!



    Germany Age 16 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Alicia is an adventurous 16 year old girl from Germany. She enjoys working out at the gym during the week and loves signing up for different classes. In addition, she is an avid deep sea diver! She already has her diver's certification and loves seeing the ocean animals with her dad. During the winter, she can be found on the mountain, snowboarding. Alicia is coming in late March on the high school visit program and is excited to meet new friends and discover the USA as a local!



    Germany Age 15 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Amanda is a creative 15 year old girl from Germany. She loves drawing, making handmade cards, and calligraphy. However when it's a nice day, she enjoys going for a bike ride or spending time outside. Amanda is coming on the high school visit program in March and is looking forward to meeting new friends along with learning more about the American culture.


    Antonia Lilian

    Germany Age 15 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Antonia Lilian is an active 15 year old girl from Germany. She plays handball 3 times a week and rock climbs once a week, in addition to swimming, cycling, and ice skating! At school, she helps mentor other students and mediate problems between students. If she has a free afternoon, she likes shopping with her friends. Antonia Lilian is coming in late March on the high school visit program and is very much looking forward to experience the USA as a local.



    France Age 18 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Capucine is a 19 year old girl from France. She enjoys shopping with her friends and family and loves trying new food! She also is an avid movie goer and is a big fan of the series, Lucifer and Dynasty. When the weather is nice, she likes going to the lake to swim and spend time with her family. Capucine is headed to New England on the Language Buddy program in March and is looking forward to improving her English in addition to teaching her family some French.



    Germany Age 15 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Charlotte is a 15 year old girl from Germany who loves learning English! Her favorite part is being able to understand the lyrics of her favorite songs. She also likes playing soccer and dancing with her friends. In her free time, she likes cooking and is particularly fond of making a traditional potato pie. Charlotte is coming on the high school visit program in late March is is very curious to experience daily like as an American teenager, particularly if school spirit is as important as the movies portray.


  • 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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