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
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.