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:

    57 students available


    Tunisia Age 16 Academic Year 2020-21

    Ahmed is a 16 year old boy from Tunisia who is very passionate about volunteering and giving back to his community. He loves that while volunteering he can learn new skills, meet new people, and be a leader in various roles. He also works on projects through his community's Interact Club. Ahmed is a truly selfless young man who will make a wonderful exchange student for a lucky host family this school year.



    Germany Age 16 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Alicia is an adventurous 16 year old girl from Germany. She enjoys working out at the gym during the week and loves signing up for different classes. In addition, she is an avid deep sea diver! She already has her diver's certification and loves seeing the ocean animals with her dad. During the winter, she can be found on the mountain, snowboarding. Alicia is coming in late March on the high school visit program and is excited to meet new friends and discover the USA as a local!



    Germany Age 15 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Amanda is a creative 15 year old girl from Germany. She loves drawing, making handmade cards, and calligraphy. However when it's a nice day, she enjoys going for a bike ride or spending time outside. Amanda is coming on the high school visit program in March and is looking forward to meeting new friends along with learning more about the American culture.



    Moldova Age 18 Academic Year 2020-21

    Angela is an 18 year old from Moldova whose favorite activity is organizing for her student government group. She loves communicating with her peers and finding out what they need and helping them solve their problems. Angela feels most like herself when she is doing this. When she's not working on student council, she likes reading, learning Chinese, and watching movies.


    Anna Sophia

    Germany Age 16 Short Term: Summer 2020

    Anne Sophia is a talented 16 year old musician from Germany who plays the violin. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, playing board games with family and friends, and baking. She would love to bake with you! Anna Sophia is headed to Long Beach, CA to volunteer and can't wait to meet you!


    Antonia Lilian

    Germany Age 15 Short Term: Spring 2020

    Antonia Lilian is an active 15 year old girl from Germany. She plays handball 3 times a week and rock climbs once a week, in addition to swimming, cycling, and ice skating! At school, she helps mentor other students and mediate problems between students. If she has a free afternoon, she likes shopping with her friends. Antonia Lilian is coming in late March on the high school visit program and is very much looking forward to experience the USA as a local.


  • 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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