JOIN US IN OUR MISSION IN SUPPORTING GLOBAL EXCHANGE
As the connecting point between exchange students, local schools, host families, and HSUSA, the LOCAL COORDINATORS (A.K.A. LCs) have the opportunity to impact lives and communities worldwide & help people develop the skills and character they need to achieve their goals in life.
As an HSUSA LC, you will help to create a more just and peaceful world by fostering meaningful connections with students, families, and schools. In today’s ever-changing global landscape, building bridges between cultures is more important than ever. Through cultivating increased understanding through cross-cultural connections, you can make a lasting impact and find fulfillment in your work by joining our nationwide network.
IS THIS ROLE FOR ME?
If you agree with the following statements, you’ve come to the right place:
I firmly believe in the value of cultural exchange.
I have a passion for making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
I like to create opportunities for young people.
I want to invest in my community.
I enjoy building new and fulfilling relationships.
I love to travel and explore new places.
IT DOES NOT TAKE EXPERIENCE TO BECOME A LOCAL COORDINATOR BUT THE DESIRE TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF THOSE NEAR YOU, AND THOSE FAR AWAY WAITING TO DISCOVER THE USA.
RECRUITING & SUPPORTING HOST FAMILIES
One of the LCs most important roles is matching students with host families. LCs interview prospective host families, learning about their interests and lifestyles, then guide them through the placement process. The LC remains in contact throughout the school year for support and questions.
Your most important role is matching students with host families.
You are the go-to resource on anything to do with the student’s daily life
Living in a new place in a different culture, new environment and different language can be unnerving for young participants. Through building bonds with students while they prepare for their journey, then greeting them on arrival, the LCs are the go-to resource on anything to do with the student’s daily life.
LCs play an important role in promoting the benefits of enrolling international students in local schools, showing school leaders how cultural exchange can enrich the classroom. From facilitating student placement by handling paperwork to monitoring. the LC is s the primary contact for the school.
and promoting the benefits of enrolling international students in local schools
A CULTURAL EXCHANGE AMBASSADOR
The more engaged in the community, the more rewarding the experience is for everyone
Cultural exchange is truly a shared activity. The more invested and engaged the community, the more rewarding the experience is for everyone. LCs raise awareness, promoting the benefits of cultural exchange program to community leaders and media. The LC also prompts exchange by encouraging students to volunteer.
WHO ARE HSUSA'S COORDINATORS?
HSUSA's coordinators have varied backgrounds, occupations, and ages. They’re professionals, parents, retired, or recent college grads. Some of our coordinators were even exchange students or host families.
The average profile of an HSUSA Coordinator:
Desire to learn more about the world
Enjoy helping teenagers and families
Value making friends with like-minded people
Demonstrate leadership in problem-solving situations
Appreciate the increased intercultural understanding
HSUSA Coordinators are essential to providing quality support to students, families, and other coordinators. Participate as a team, individually, or with a friend or family member. As an HSUSA Coordinator, you can choose from a number of opportunities to suit your interests, needs and schedule. The hours and locations are flexible and you can work on some tasks without ever leaving your home! Whether you are a returned exchange alumnus, a parent, a retired person, or a college student —we welcome people of all backgrounds to work with us. Whatever your skills and interests are, there is an opportunity to match them!
WHY BECOMING A HSUSA LOCAL COORDINATOR?
tRAINING & SUPPORT
We provide training in networking (recruit host families, build relationships with schools and communities) as well as how to handle many of the issues that may arise.
Tools & RESSOURCES
Anytime online access to training materials, program and regulatory rules and standards, manuals, forms & documents, referrals to help connect students with host families, tips, how-tos, and best practices
HSUSA is committed to promoting the value of cultural exchange and diversity. Our teams all have a long experience and passion for the international cultural exchange world.
FUN & SUPPORTING TEAM
At HSUSA, we also believe in personal and professional development. We encourage bonding through various incentives as well individual training