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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.