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:

    5 students available


    Spain Age 15 Fall 2019

    Roberto is a 15 year old boy from Spain who loves playing soccer. He spends about three hours a week playing soccer with his classmates through a community league. Roberto's favorite subject to study is French, and he loves language learning in general. He is excited to continue improving his English skills when he studies in the US, and he can't wait to meet his new host family and make new American friends.

    Unique ID: 116056



    Poland Age 17 Fall 2019

    Olga is a 17 year old girl from Poland who enjoys spending her free time reading. She likes reading different types of novels and reads poetry sometimes too. Additionally, Olga is a member of a scouts organization that does volunteer work and travels over the summer. She is looking forward to spending the fall semester of this year living with a host family, and she is eager to bond with her host family and make new American friends.

    Unique ID: 118647



    Denmark Age 16 Fall 2019

    Naja is a 16 year old girl from Denmark who spends her free time learning Taekwondo. Additionally, she likes listening to music, dancing, and hanging out with her friends. Naja has many dreams of what she might like to do when she is older, but for now, she is eager to learn about American customs and is excited for the chance to live with a host family during the upcoming school year.

    Unique ID: 116885



    Poland Age 15 Fall 2019

    Maciej is a 15 year old boy from Poland who likes to spend time outdoors skiing, swimming, and sailing. He also enjoys playing soccer and is a certified scuba diver. Maciej's favorite subjects in school are math, geography, and physics. He is thrilled to be coming to the US to learn about the culture first-hand and to practice his English speaking skills.

    Unique ID: 115748



    France Age 18 Fall 2019

    Chloe is an 18 year old girl from France who enjoys horseback riding and drawing. She also likes to bake and enjoys eating sweet treats! Chloe describes herself as creative and artistic, and she dreams of becoming a vet or possibly a graphic designer one day. She is eager to start her exchange year in the U.S. and excited to see what real American life is like.

    Unique ID: 118640


  • 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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