Become a Local Coordinator

We are looking for creative, caring, and enterprising people to join our team. A Local Coordinator should be responsible, an active member of their community, and an effective communicator to oversee a cultural and academic high school exchange program.

Responsibilities

Host Family Selection and Orientation

  • Share the STS Foundation program and the opportunity to host an exchange student with your friends, family, and community!
  • Interview and screen families to participate. Review Host Family applications, verify references and conduct an in-home evaluation to determine the Host Family applicant’s suitability to participate.
  • Provide pre-arrival orientation to vetted Host Families detailing program objectives and expectations. Provide coaching and awareness of possible cross-cultural communication obstacles and strategies for dealing with them between your Host Family and your exchange student.

 School Relationships

  • Build relationships with local high schools to establish a foundation for student success.
  • Provide ongoing support to school administrators and staff.
  • Obtain updated information on each high school to assist in the accurate information flow about school practices, courses, sports activities, and application requirements.

Communication and Counseling

  • Reach out to your exchange students by video call or email after you have confirmed placement with a Host Family in your community. Begin to build your relationship from the very start!
  • Contact new students within 48 hours of arrival.
  • Conduct an in-person student arrival orientation within 14 days of arrival.
  • Counsel students as needed to assist in adapting to American culture and life.
  • Maintain monthly contact with Host Families and students, complete and submit online, monthly progress reports.
  • Maintain bi-monthly contact with the participating high schools.
  • Mediate and resolve conflicts between program participants, if required.

Administrative

  • Report on the progress of participants via the internet filing system.
  • Materials/information requests: Oversee and assist in response to requests from the students, schools and/or Host Family questions regarding the program.
  • Operate in strict accordance with the Department of State Regulations of the J1 Visa high school exchange program.

Skills and Abilities

  • Should be a positive communicator with initiative, imagination, stamina, and a sense of humor.
  • A love of international cultures and languages is a plus, and if you don’t already have it, you will after you join us!
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Computer skills required; familiarity and access to internet and e-mail programs.

Time Commitment

  • Time commitment will depend on the number of students that you choose to place and supervise.
  • Hours are flexible, occasional evening and weekend appointments required as the host family’s schedule demands.

Special Environmental Factors

  • Must be able to work off-site without supervision in a highly ethical manner.

Hours

  • Flexible, occasional evening and weekend appointments are required as Host Family’s schedule demands.

If you would like to discuss becoming a Local Coordinator, please contact us by completing the contact form.