WHO WE ARE
International Cultural Exchange Services is a leading non-profit organization that works with international students coming to study in the United States for a semester or school year, while living with a volunteer host family. They attend local high schools, are involved in clubs, sports and other community activities. The students participate and learn about our American culture, while sharing and enriching the communities in which they live.
LOCAL COORDINATOR POSITION
This position provides the ability to perform services from home or in addition to a full time job. Many candidates are those who are retired, school teachers or employees, stay at home parents, or anyone who loves talking to people and being challenged. The ideal Local Coordinator is one who is self-motivated and eager to make a difference in a teenager’s life. ICES is looking for individuals with the skills and mind set to help promote ICES’ mission and help accomplish the company’s goals.
Local Coordinators work remotely (from home) and are able to work with students and families up to 120 mile radius of their home address.
Local Coordinators are responsible for the placement and supervision of a set amount of students each school year. The amount of students that each Local Coordinator works with, is a mutual agreement between the Local Coordinator and the Field Manager or Regional Director at ICES. Local Coordinators work closely with Field Managers and Directors to find and implement methods that are successful in finding qualified host families. Local Coordinators are responsible for provide an in-home interview and orientation to all qualified host families. During the school year Local Coordinators are responsible for the direct supervision of all students they have placed in their local area. Supervision of students requires monthly check-ins with all host families, students, and the school where the students are placed.
• Recruit and screen volunteer host families
• Raise awareness and act as a cultural ambassador within your community
• Promote the benefits of cultural exchange to community leaders and the media
• Build strong working relationships with local high schools
• Work with youth from all over the world
• Help people make new connections and add value to your community
• Complete on-line training and be present on weekly conference calls
• Provide an orientation to the host family before the student arrives
• Provide an orientation to the student shortly after arrival
• Plan activities for the students in your supervision
• Counsel and provide students and host families with guidance if issues arise
• Abide by all Department of State rules and regulations
• Complete paperwork timely
• The minimum age requirement for all Local Coordinators is 25 or older
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check
• Have a strong belief in cultural exchange
• Have a passion for making a difference in people’s lives
• Have access to transportation for interviews, visits and events
• Desire to create opportunities for youth
• Enjoy building new relationships and be comfortable with public speaking
• Demonstrate strong problem solving and mediation skills
• Proficiency with computers and use of print/scan/databases
• Time management skills and the ability to work independently in your home office setting
Local Coordinators are provided with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills, including networking, recruiting host families, and how to build relationships with families and schools. Local Coordinators are also trained on how to handle counseling and mediation with students and host families. The trainings at ICES help Local Coordinators to grow personally and gain valuable professional skills. Local Coordinators will also work together with the support of a team, and have access to an online data base of valuable resources. Local Coordinators have a 24/7 support base as necessary.
Each student placement and supervision earns monetary compensation and great travel incentives. ICES appreciates the time and dedication that Local Coordinators bring to cultural exchange, and that is why ICES wants Local Coordinators to grow professional and discover new cultures as well.
For well over two decades ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world. ICES has become a leader in the field of youth exchange due to years of hard work, quality service, and caring hearts of our president and key ICES staff who have all been with ICES since its inception.
International Cultural Exchange ServicesInternational Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) was founded in 1991 by John J. Crist in Atlanta, Georgia. John had previously worked in Youth Exchange Executive Roles for over 10 years in the United States, based in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California and internationally in Brighton, England, Madrid, Spain and Stockholm, Sweden. For well over two decades ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world. ICES has become a leader in the field of youth exchange due to years of hard work, quality service, and caring hearts of our president and key ICES staff who have all been with ICES since its inception.