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:

    14 students available


    Denmark Age 15 Fall 2019

    Max is a 15 year old boy from Denmark who enjoys staying active by playing basketball and weight lifting. While relaxing, he likes to watch movies or television and listen to music. Max's favorite subject in school is math, and he considers pursuing a career in a mathematical field when he is older. While he lived in the U.S. at a very young age, Max is excited to return to a new region of the country and to immerse himself in American culture.

    Unique ID: 122019



    Germany Age 17 Fall 2019

    Cassandra is a 17 year old girl from Germany who is passionate about dancing. She likes to dance ballet and modern jazz genres. Additionally, she likes to play soccer with her brother who teaches her new skills and techniques. Cassandra also enjoys reading fantasy novels and her favorite author is Derek Landy. She is excited to explore her new host community and high school, and she cannot wait to learn about American culture from her host family.

    Unique ID: 117610



    Thailand Age 15 Fall 2019

    Nemo is a 15 year old boy from Thailand who enjoys working with computers to play video games or chat with his friends. He likes staying active through sports like soccer, skiing, and badminton. Nemo does volunteering at his school and even was trained in CPR. He is excited to share his culture with his future host family and to continue seeking volunteer opportunities in his host community.

    Unique ID: 116131



    Thailand Age 16 Fall 2019

    Home is a 16 year old boy from Thailand who has been playing soccer since he was nine years old. He also enjoys playing video games and listening to music when he wants to relax. Home wants to become a teacher one day and teach subjects like English or social studies. He is excited to attend an American school and can't wait to meet his future host family.

    Unique ID: 116119



    Thailand Age 15 Fall 2019

    Ploy is a 15 year old girl from Thailand who loves to spend her free time outdoors exercising in the park near her home. She also likes reading particularly comic books and novels. Ploy loves learning languages and dreams of being an envoy some day. She is excited to come on program to improve her English, connect with the members of her community, and make unforgettable experiences.

    Unique ID: 116117



    Thailand Age 15 Fall 2019

    Ice is a 15 year old girl from Thailand who loves to spend her free time reading. She particularly enjoys reading comics and spends time at the library when she can. Ice likes listening to music, getting exercise, and is interested in photography as well. She can't wait to learn about American culture from her host family and make lifelong friends.

    Unique ID: 118447


  • 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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