We are seeking to hire individuals interested in promoting cultural awareness in their community.
As a Local Coordinator you will help bring high school exchange students from around the world to the U.S. to live with host families for one or two semesters. iE is proud to offer personalized and hands-on care to each student and family participating in our program. With your help, we can ensure that they come away from their experiences with a better understanding of different cultures and memories that last a lifetime!
What does a Local Coordinator do?
- Find caring host families in their community to host iE exchange students.
- Complete placements and vet potential host families to ensure they meet the requirements to host.
- Help host families select the right exchange student for their family.
- Provide students and host families the support and guidance necessary during their exchange experience through regular contact, ultimately ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the exchange student(s).
- Set your own hours and work from home.
- Determine your own level of commitment by choosing how many students you would like to place and supervise.
Basic Requirements to Apply:
- Age 25 or older.
- Submit and pass a criminal background check.
- Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
- Own a computer/tablet and have basic computer skills.
- Authorized to work in the USA.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Being a part of iE is extremely rewarding, it’s an organization where everyone has a job to do and everyone does their part! iE is excellent at recognizing good work and always sharing positive results and feedback with appreciation and gratitude.
I also love the closeness of iE, we are like a big family, we are co-workers yes, but we are also friends! Most importantly, I enjoy working with the kids and being a part of their exchange experience, they keep me active and youthful!
Tom, LC since 2009
I love connecting and having conversations with potential host families. Being an important resource for families and students is very rewarding and a memorable experience.
Stephanie, LC since 2019
This program has enriched my life, giving me the opportunity of meeting people I would not otherwise have met. Just as the students come here to experience the American culture, I too have learned a lot about the cultures the students came from –a win-win experience for everyone!
iE has been a wonderful organization to work with, and the encouragement and friendliness of the staff is very commendable. I would recommend the organization any day to anyone who wants use the services of a high school exchange program.
Emmenette, LC since 2008
Being an LC has been a huge blessing to my family! I am able to be at home with my children, yet still impact people all over the world. I love exchange students, other cultures, and travel. The students and iE team are all amazing to work with. My time with iE has definitely been more fun than work!
Melodie, LC since 2018
I love being a coordinator and learning from the kids about their country. I love making an impact on kids and even the challenges they sometimes give me. It’s a great connection!
Lisa, LC since 2015
How much does a local coordinator get paid?
This is an independent contractor position. Local coordinators are compensated for each student placement and monthly supervision report. They can also earn generous incentives, including cash bonuses and international all-inclusive trips to places like Greece, Portugal, Costa Rica, etc.! Compensation ranges from $1,000 to $1,600 per academic year student.
What do I need to do to become a local coordinator?
The first step to becoming a local coordinator is to complete iE’s Local Coordinator Application (see link above). A phone, Skype or Zoom interview will follow, providing both of us the opportunity to ask questions and learn more. Next, you must submit an online criminal background check as part of iE’s required vetting process. The process concludes with a little paperwork, getting you setup in our online system, and training! In total, the process is typically completed within a week or two.
How many hours a week does a local coordinator work?
You decide how much you want to work based on the number of students you want to place and supervise. Each coordinator sets their own goals, schedule, and time investment into the program. Some coordinators spend just a few hours per week working, while others have turned the position into a full-time role.
How do most local coordinators find host families?
Local coordinators find host families in many different ways, including, but not limited to: Facebook, having a table/booth at a school or local event, and by talking with friends, family and co-workers. We provide you with many marketing supplies at no cost to you.
Does iE provide training and support?
Personalized and ongoing training, support and guidance is provided by your regional director. Training materials, including a digital handbook and a vast supply of digital and print resources are also available (brochures, flyers, training videos, sample letters and social media posts, etc.). A large network of LCs is always ready to share ideas and support you – You are never alone at iE!
What areas can a local coordinator work in? How far are they required to travel?
Local coordinators may supervise students within 120 miles of their home. Each local coordinator can independently define the area they want to work. Some choose to only work in their local community, while others take advantage of the full 120 mile radius. Local coordinators can refer host families anywhere in the USA. A referral outside a local coordinator’s area will result in a $200 referral bonus if the family hosts.
What happens if a local coordinator does not place any students?
iE does not have individual LC quotas for placing students. That said, we are looking to add local coordinators who will actively recruit and make an effort to find new host families and make placements. Sometimes it can take time to build up an area, and that’s ok!
What happens if there is a problem with a student that a local coordinator is supervising?
The local coordinator is the main point of contact for the student and host family, and the first line of communication to resolve issues. If needed, local coordinators lead a conflict resolution process to resolve issues (your regional director will support and guide every step of the way)! If an emergency situation occurs, iE has a 24/7 emergency phone line answered by a full-time iE staff member.
How many local coordinators are in my area?
The number of local coordinators in an area depends on the size and population of the area. By creating teams of local coordinators, we build a support system. iE manages the number of local coordinators in an area to ensure sufficient coverage is provided without jeopardizing one’s opportunity for growth.
What costs does a local coordinator incur?
Local coordinators are provided training and marketing materials at no cost. We highly value the time a local coordinator spends with their students, and therefore provide a $75 activity bonus per student supervised. Local coordinators can use this money to pay for activities they do together with the student(s) they supervise (e.g. taking them out for ice cream, coffee or pizza, etc.)