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:

    105 students available


    China Age 16 Fall 2019

    Haoqing is a 16 year old boy from China who is excited to spend the school year in the U.S. In his free time, he loves to sing and is part of a singing club at his school. Additionally, he loves watching movies or playing with his pet cat. He hopes his host family will have a cat that he can help take care of and give attention to this year. He can't wait to become a member of your family and learn about American culture from you!

    Unique ID: 122796



    Brazil Age 17 Fall 2019

    Introducing Edrey from Brazil! He is a talkative, intelligent and friendly young man who is 17 and is coming on program to expand his horizons. He is described as very mature for his age and very responsible. He loves to read, listen to music, and dreams of one day getting involved in the tech industry. Edrey is looking forward to meeting his American family and immersing himself in American culture during the upcoming school year!

    Unique ID: 125736



    Italy Age 17 Fall 2019

    Andrea is an outgoing and friendly 17 year old boy from Italy who likes to play sports, especially soccer. He is described as flexible and intelligent, and he looks forward to trying new activities and having new experiences while on program because he knows it will be a great way to make friends. He is also a musical guy! He has played the cello since he was six years old and has a passion for classical music. Andrea is fascinated by American culture and is very curious to learn about it and experience it himself.

    Unique ID: 125882


    Xin Yu

    Taiwan Age 17 Fall 2019

    Outgoing 17 year old Xin is a Taiwanese girl who loves to sing and is interested in outdoor activities, like riding her bike, swimming, and volleyball. She is dedicated to her studies and hopes to one day be a doctor working with the less fortunate around the world. She looks forward to experiencing the U.S. education system and would like to participate in the school's science fair! Xin is excited to meet her host family and to learn about American culture.

    Unique ID: 125468



    Taiwan Age 15 Fall 2019

    Meet 15 year old Peng from Taiwan! She is a friendly and warm-hearted girl who loves children, is passionate about dancing, likes to swim, and enjoys watching movies, other than horror films. She looks forward to sharing this new cultural experience with her host family and is excited to join after school clubs and make friends. She would love to bake for her host family, and says "I'd like to have afternoon tea with a piece of delicious cake. That is perfect life to me!"

    Unique ID: 125467



    Taiwan Age 15 Fall 2019

    Yu or "Julia" is a warm, friendly Taiwanese girl who is excited to experience a new culture in the US. Never having visited the US, she is eager to make new friends and learn about the culture and experience school life there. Though she is a little shy at first, she says that she quickly opens up to her friends. She loves swimming and dancing and also likes to play the flute and piano when she has time. She taught herself to dance through YouTube and is excited to have the opportunity to try out for cheerleading in the US. Julia would make a great host sister and looks forward to sharing her culture with her host family.

    Unique ID: 122790


  • 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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