FULFILL AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT'S AMERICAN DREAM
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.
IS THIS ROLE RIGHT 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 doesn’t take experience to be a Local Coordinator. What you need is a desire to enrich the lives of those near you, and those far away waiting to discover America.
THE LOCAL COORDINATORS ROLE INCLUDES:
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.
Living in a new place with a different culture and 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.
PARTNERING WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS
Local Coordinators 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.
A CULTURAL EXCHANGE AMBASSADOR
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 to community leaders and media. The LC also prompts exchange by encouraging students to volunteer.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS is known for the level of support it provides to students, families, schools – and also to our associates. Local Coordinators are vital to our mission, so we work to thoroughly prepare them for their role.
LOCAL COORDINATORS need a variety of skills. We provide instruction in networking to help LCs reach out, recruit host families, and build relationships with schools and the community. They are also trained in how to handle many of the issues that may arise throughout the year, from cultural adjustment to conflict resolution. We encourage every LOCAL COORDINATOR to engage in professional development. We offer grants that help pay for individual training.
Here is some of the information you can access anytime as a Local Coordinator:
Information on incentives
Recruitment and support resources, including promotional materials
Tips, how-tos, and best practices
Help with marketing via web, print, TV, and radio
Referrals to help connect students with host families
Program and regulatory rules and standards
Manuals, forms, and documents