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:

    19 students available


    Italy Age 17 Academic Year 2022-23

    "My name is Alessandra, but everyone calls me Ale. I am 17 years old and live with my family in the north of Italy." Ale says although she doesn't know you, she likes you already - for agreeing to host her for this semester. She loves to talk, so much so, that she has learned to do it in four languages - German, Spanish, Italian, and English! Ale loves to read, paint, draw and cook! She describes herself as sociable and says that no matter how difficult it might be being away from her family, it will be worth it, because she will find a new one (in her new host family)! #151647



    Italy Age 16 Academic Year 2022-23

    Beatrice loves reading, it is one of her biggest passions. She also loves playing the piano. She would like to go to university and study medicine. She wants to become a doctor. Beatrice has shown strong English language skills. She is able to maintain a good conversation in a fluent way. She is talkative, communicative, and friendly. She considers herself an empathetic person who likes to understand others and help them whenever they need. She believes she can do her best in this exchange experience in order to adapt well and to become also an active member of the host family. #151352



    Italy Age 17 Academic Year 2022-23

    Carola, a friendly, curious, smart 17-year-old girl from Italy says that coming to the U.S. as an exchange student "has been one of my dreams since I was a child." Carola does Cross Fit four times each week and also enjoys running, cycling, snowboarding, and volleyball. She would love to play sports and possibly be a cheerleader in the U.S. Carola also enjoys acting, cooking, traveling, and studying history. She would love to have host siblings. #151652



    Italy Age 17 Academic Year 2022-23

    Edoardo is a motorhead. He likes to assemble and disassemble engines, especially motorbikes and mopeds, but it sounds like he is just plain mechanically gifted. He also loves the sea, swimming and playing tennis, which he has played for 11 years. He has twin siblings, a brother and a sister who are 11. He loves most sports and looks forward to having a family in the US. He even mentions helping his new family with the household chores as a part of what he plans to do while on his exchange year. Edwardo is 17 and in 11th grade. He is mature and pleasant, and his English is good. He also speaks French and Italian. #151842



    Italy Age 16 Academic Year 2022-23

    Emma is a fun loving, flexible "Pescetarian" she says "If being a pescetarian is a problem I'm willing to make a deal with my host family about food, even giving up that eating style while in the US if need be". Emma loves music (of all kinds at all times), books, and the cinema. She likes to cook and bake and says that working out is "fundamental" to her day. She has a great English score and also speaks some German. Emma has an older brother who is 18 and a younger brother who is 11 and she likes kids very much. In addition to cooking and baking she enjoys watching sports or going to the beach. #151857



    Germany Age 15 Academic Year 2022-23

    Franziska from Germany is a 15-year-old girl. She has one brother, one sister and another half-brother. Her favorite activities are dancing and biking. She has been to the USA twice (east and west coasts). She comes from a town of around 50,000 people so she is used to smaller town living. She also loves music and many animals but is afraid of dogs. #148782


  • 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 for the remainder of 2021 depending on travel restrictions.  We are hopeful that Group Programs can resume fully in 2022.

  • 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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