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ORGANIZATION: American Councils for International Education


Are you looking for meaningful, part-time volunteer work with impact? If you enjoy meeting new people, are curious about other cultures, and have excellent interpersonal skills, consider becoming an American Councils Local Coordinator.

Local Coordinators support international high school exchange students and their host families during academic year programs in American communities. They also work to identify volunteer host families in their local community and earn incentive-based honorariums along the way. As a Local Coordinator, you will join a national and global community of individuals who are committed to cultural ambassadorship and citizen diplomacy. You will also enjoy flexible hours, opportunities for personal development, and the satisfaction of fostering relationships between Americans and exceptional young people from around the world.

Overview of responsibilities

What's expected of American Councils Local Coordinators?

  • Identify and recruit volunteer host families for high school exchange students,
  • Represent American Councils to local schools and secure school enrollment,
  • Provide support to exchange students and host families throughout academic-year programs,
  • Maintain, at minimum, monthly contact with students and families,
  • Lead orientations and enrichment activities throughout the year,
  • Become familiar with US Department of State program regulations.

What makes a great Local Coordinator?

  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills,
  • Flexibility and openness to different cultures and ideas,
  • Ability to identify volunteer host families (ideally 3 or more) within 120 miles of place of residence,
  • Ability to coordinate events that highlight US/local community’s culture,
  • Ability to represent American Councils and U.S. Department of State programs to local community,
  • Ability to respond proactively to communication from students, host families, and American Councils team,
  • Ability to address issues related to student wellbeing, cultural difference, or other challenges, with support of American Councils team.
  • Other preferred qualifications: experience working with teens; international experience and/or interest in other cultures; social media marketing or recruitment experience; strong ties to local community; 25 years or older.

Why should YOU become a Local Coordinator?

  • Enjoy a flexible, part-time position with incentive-based honorariums
  • Bolster your resume in various fields: event planning, cultural competency, communications, marketing, and more.
  • Have opportunities to travel to annual training workshops and professional development events around the U.S.
  • Be part of essential U.S. diplomacy efforts in fostering understanding across cultures
  • Get connected to a global community of individuals interested in international education and cultural exchange

Questions? Visit our website (, email at, or fill out our Local Coordinator Application (

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About American Councils for International Education


1828 L STREET NW, Suite 1200, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, US

Mission Statement

A leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion, American Councils creates opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.


American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an interconnected and increasingly interdependent world.

Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding. After being immersed in other countries and cultures, our participants become culturally aware citizens of the world, contributing to mutual understanding and successful international collaboration.

From developing the first exchanges of Eurasian and American students and teachers in the 70s - to current initiatives supporting collaborative education between the U.S., Middle East, South America, Asia, and Africa - American Councils facilitates overseas experiences that create informed and empowered global citizens. Since 1974, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where we work with hundreds of robust, international education programs that include academic exchanges, language immersion, testing and assessment, professional training, community development, and scholarly research.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth, Community, International


We'll work with your schedule.


Huntsville, AL 35613



  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training

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