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:

    4 students available


    Germany Age 15 Spring 2017

    Medha is a 15 year old girl from Germany who enjoys spending her free time reading. Her favorite genre is fantasy, and she is currently reading the Percy Jackson series. Aside from reading, she participates in a girl scouts program in her community and goes camping with her troop. Medha is excited for the opportunity to come study English in the United States and learn more about the culture. She is grateful to live with a host family and hopes to become close with her new American family.

    Unique ID: 114379



    Brazil Age 15 Fall 2016

    Camila likes to stay active in a variety of ways. The sport she’s played the longest is handball, and has had the opportunity to travel with her team to compete in different cities all over Brazil. To stay in shape for handball, she also works out in a gym and enjoys aerobic exercises, especially running. She has a lot of fun competing with her friends in races. More recently, she has also tried boxing and is really enjoying that as well. Camila is excited to compare and contrast Brazil and United States from the perspective of an exchange student.

    Unique ID: 87135



    China Age 17 Fall 2016

    Boxiang is proud to hold a leadership role in his class at school. As the classroom monitor he helps organize activities for the students. He is excited to represent China in the US and is eager to explore the United States and visit cultural sites and museums. He is also eager to experience ‘free-speech’ style classroom environments in the US. In his free time, Boxiang likes to play basketball, and says playing sports is a great way to make new friends.

    Unique ID: 85909



    Italy Age 17 Fall 2016

    Edoardo has a knack for computers, and likes to spend time figuring out how to assemble and disassemble his devices. He’s also starting to learn programming languages, and is enjoying that challenge. One of his other hobbies is making and editing videos to post on YouTube. He even made a video for his cousin’s wedding. Edoardo uses a long board to get around, and says he enjoys the exercise. Another way he stays active is through muay thai kickboxing, which helps him to relax both his mind and his body after a long day at school.

    Unique ID: 84839


  • 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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