Become a Local Coordinator

Local Coordinators place foreign exchange students with volunteer American host families and assist them throughout the year.
  • Overview

    Are you extroverted? Passionate? A self-starter? These are just some of the qualities that Greenheart’s 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 provide support and guidance to host families and exchange students, and help these young people from all over the world adjust to their new life in America.

    Local Coordinators:
    • Network in their communities to find host families
    • Play matchmaker…putting exchange students into host homes where there are shared interests
    • Help hosts share American traditions and perspectives
    • Serve as mentor, problem-solver, and friend
    • Work with local high schools in support of cultural exchange
    Local Coordinator Basics:
    • This is an independent contractor role (eligible to earn a payment)
    • Part-time, work from home
    • Must be at least 26 years old
    • Must maintain regular contact with exchange students during their stay
    • Must have the ability to attend professional development and training workshops
    • LCs have the opportunity for domestic and international travel to annual conferences

    All applicants must live and be authorized to work in the United States and:

    • Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
    • Have an internet connection
    • Pass a Criminal Background Check
    • Become Department of State Certified
    • Have reliable transportation

    Greenheart hires year-round!  Apply Today!


  • 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:

    39 students available


    Italy Age 16 Academic Year 2023-2024

    I'm Alice, an Italian teenager and I attend a technical school based on scientific subjects. In my free time I like staying with my friends and my family too: I have a special bond with all of them. I have a passion for travelling, in fact when my family can, we try to visit some new places. I really like sports, I do dance and ski. I also like watching series TV and shopping. I like to entertain children and make them happy.. as you can understand, I am really patient! In general, I love to be active: I practice dance three times a week and a ski in wintertime. I'm outgoing and a very positive girl, I'm obedient and respectful. I am a very determined, and I can't wait to adapt to this new reality. #155180



    Italy Age 16 Academic Year 2023-2024

    I'm Angela Aurora, a 16-year-girl from Italy. In my free time I like to play with my brothers, spending time with my family, trying new recipes to cook and I like to go to the gym to stay healthy/fit. I chose a humanities high school because I want to become a psychologist in the future and my favorite subjects are psychology and English. I would like to become an exchange student in the USA because I'm fascinated by American culture, I would like to try the school system and I want to become more independent, also this experience can help me understand better what I want to do in the future.#152667



    Italy Age 16 Academic Year 2023-2024

    I’m Bianca, a 16­-year-­old girl from Italy. I have been practicing classical dance for nine years, I don't do it anymore, but I still love it. I watch many videos about ballet. I usually listen to English pop/indie music, but I also like Italian and French music. On the weekends, I enjoy going shopping with my friends or my mum, and every Friday my family and I we watch a movie together. My favorite subjects at school are foreign languages: I study English, French and Spanish. I love travelling and I hope to work with the possibility to travel in the future. I love all animals, but I can't have one in my house, so I wish my host family has one! #155818



    France Age 15 Academic Year 2023-2024

    Camille, a 15-year-old girl from France who loves fashion and shopping. She also enjoys food, both eating and cooking, and appreciates the cuisines of many countries. Her favorite sport is tennis; she also has four years of gymnastics experience and five years of horseback riding experience. She loves dogs and cats. She hopes for a career in orthodontics because she likes to be useful and take care of people. She hopes "to introduce you to the richness of French culture . . . and the desire to take a trip to France." #152835



    Spain Age 16 Academic Year 2023-2024

    Carlota, 16-year-old, from Spain, loves playing Padel Ball (similar to Tennis or Pickleball). She also likes to go to the gym and work out, she used to run competitively but an injury stopped her. She still runs at the gym; she likes to work out as it takes her mind off schoolwork for a little while. Carlota also practiced Flamenco dancing. She really enjoys it but had to stop within the last year due to conflicts with her studies. Carlota loves time with her family. She loves eating dinner with them and discussing her day and then going and watching her younger siblings play soccer. She loves cooking with her Dad and playing Padel Ball with her Mom. She and her family are big Real Madrid fans, and she enjoys it when she can watch a match with her family. Carlota’s favorite subjects are Math and Economics, she hopes to study Business when she goes to university. Carlota also enjoys going to the beach and paddle boarding, jet skiing and swimming. Carlota is excited to live in the United States for a year. She was a little afraid of the thought at first, but her parents supported her in the idea that it would be a unique experience. #152953



    Italy Age 15 Academic Year 2023-2024

    Hi, I'm Carlotta and I’m a fifteen-years-old teenager and I'm from Italy. I'm attending high school where I study languages. I'm friendly and outgoing, I'm good at being part of a team and I quickly adapt to new situations. My qualities are my determination, my honesty and my ability in integrating with others. I'm into drawing, play badminton, photography, travelling and visit museums and art galleries. I started playing badminton a short time ago, but I enjoy it a lot as a sport as it helped me to bond with other people. Drawing is an activity that I have been doing since I was little. I have always liked creating original characters and their stories with my skills. Cooking is an art that distinguishes Italians, in fact even today our grandmothers and mothers teach us how to make the typical dishes of our tradition and I love that! #152769


  • Responsibilities

    Local Coordinator Responsibilities
    • Actively network and seek volunteer host families in their communities
    • Play matchmaker…place exchange students into host homes where there are shared interests
    • Provide guidance and support to foreign exchange students
    • Help host families and schools share American traditions and perspectives
    • Serve as mentor, problem-solver, and friend for students and host families
    • Build relationships with local high schools in support of cultural exchange
    • 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

    Group Programs are TBD.  We are hopeful that Group Programs can resume fully in 2023/24.

  • FAQ

    What is a Local Coordinator? What do they do?

    A Local Coordinator (LC) helps to connect volunteer host families with international students who will be attending public high school in the U.S. for a school semester or full school year. 

    Greenheart has a database of students from all over the world that we match with volunteer host families in local communities.  

    Duties also include:  

    • Facilitating host family (pre-arrival) and student (post-arrival) orientations  
    • Monthly contacts with host families and students (in-person, by email, or by phone) 
    • In-person meetings with host families and students (twice per year for full-year students) 
    What are the requirements to become an LC?

    Must pass a criminal background check 

    Must have reliable transportation 

    Must have access to internet/computer  

    Must be 26 years of age or older  

    Must pass the Department of State required exam  

    What do I have to do to become an LC?

    Complete LC application process.  (Our Recruiting Team will assist you with this.) 

    Pass criminal background check. 

    Take the required Department of State exam.  

    How much training is involved?

    Once you become fully approved as an LC, you will receive training from your Regional Manager or Regional Director.  

    Training typically takes a few weeks to get up to speed, but individuals learn at their own pace.  

    Training is available online. 

    How do I find volunteer host families?

    There are many ways to find host families. Some of the most successful LCs find families by:  

    • Advertising on social media (NextDoor, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) 
    • Reaching out to friends and family networks 
    • Joining networking groups (BNI, for example) 
    • Asking friends and family at places of worship 
    • Advertising in local or community newspapers 
    How can I advance at Greenheart?

    LCs have many opportunities for advancement! Greenheart encourages everyone to set goals and attain them.  

    • Area Coordinators oversee LCs in their areas. 
    • Regional Managers oversee Area Coordinators and LCs in their regions. 
    • Regional Directors oversee Regional Managers, Area Coordinators, and LCs in their regions. 
    Do I have to place a certain number of students each year?

    Greenheart, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, always encourages our LCs in the field to place students by varying deadlines, but Greenheart understands that schools in some areas may have enrollment limitations.  

    Greenheart does not require you to place a quota, but we do encourage you to set reasonable goals.  

    Regional Managers and Regional Directors will do all they can to help you attain your goals. 

    What is the most difficult part of the job?

    Being rejected. Sometimes families may seem perfect to host, but for whatever reason, they just don’t want to commit. Sometimes they just need more time, and sometimes it’s for the best. Hearing people say “No” is not easy, but there is always a “Yes” around the corner and maybe wheyou least expect it! 

    Can I do this from home?

    Yes, LCs work from home in locations across the United States.  

    You must have a computer and an internet connection in order to be a successful LC.  

    What are the perks?

    It’s Rewarding! 

    • It’s a great feeling to connect people and planet. It’s truly rewarding to learn about other cultures and bring the world to your community. 
    • Many LCs learn so much more about their home communities while hosting, too! 

    Stipends and Bonuses 

    • $1100 per placement for a 10-month student, $900 for a 5-month student (paid in 4 payments for full-year student placements, 3 payments for semester student placements) 
    • Greenheart gives cash bonuses and travel vouchers for placing students at different times of the year. 


    • LCs can help coordinate volunteer activities so that exchange students can give back to the community that has welcomed them. 


    • Of course, this should be a given. Traveling is at the core of our being! Greenheart hosts international conferences almost every year. Past conferences have been held in Buenos Aires, Madrid, and Athens! LCs who place SIX students, are invited to attend our all-expenses-paid conferences! 
    I live in a rural community. Can I still be an LC?

    Yes! There are many LCs in rural areas, and we’re always looking for more, so we can support each other.  

    LCs must live within a 120-mile radius of their students/host families. 

    Regional Directors and Regional Managers help provide LCs in rural areas all the tools and resources at their disposal to ensure success.  

    I’ve never hosted an exchange student before. How will I be able to convince other people to host students?

    Hosting a student of your own is a great way to encourage others to host. 

    • Hosting is encouraged, but NOT required. 

    Greenheart also provides an online library of tools and resources to help you find host families (online tutorials, printable materials, etc.). 

    Greenheart has a very experienced staff to help you with whatever you need.  

    • Other LCs in your vicinity, Area Coordinators, Regional Managers, Regional Directors, and office staff are all here to support you while you learn the ropes. 
    How many hours per week do LCs usually work?

    LCs work a variety of hours. It really depends on how many host families you’re able to find. The more time you put in, the more host families you will recruit. 

    On average LCs work approximately 5-15 hours per week.  

    As an LC, you are an independent contractor working a part-time position, where you can set your own schedule.  

    Many LCs work at other jobs, full-time or part-time, and do this on the side for fun and a little extra money and travel incentives.  

    This job is also a great fit for a stay-at-home parent looking for some additional work experience or for retirees looking for a way to spend time on something that is important to them. 

    Do I have to host a student to be an LC?

    No, you do NOT have to host a student to be an LC 

    LCs are encouraged to host, of course, because LCs who do host students have a better understanding of the hosting experience, but it is NOT required.  

    We do ask that you complete a host family application, however. This is for two reasons:  

    • To understand the application process a host family goes through 
    • To be an emergency backup family in the event of a student emergency (If you’re unable to be a backup family, that is OK too. We can approve another family in the area to be the backup family, if necessary.) 
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