Become a Local Coordinator for Groups
If you are interested in facilitating a short and sweet exchange experience for a number of students coming at the same time, consider becoming a Group Local Coordinator. Group Coordinators place and supervise international students in the United States, recruit and screen host families, and organize activities in their own community for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. Most groups take place in the summer, though programs are also offered during winter and spring breaks as well. CCI’s group students come from all over the world, including Spain, France, Italy, Japan, China, Korea and more!
"Working with the groups' exchange students has been highly rewarding and very gratifying. Not only are the students extremely fun and enthused to be here in the United States, they are also absolutely appreciative for all of their excursions, new surroundings and most importantly, their host families. Many students have expressed to me how this experience has changed their life, and I let them know that they have also changed my life and touched my heart. I have made many international friends through being a group coordinator and plan to keep these friendships forever!" --Rosanna, Group Coordinator in California
Qualifications and Responsibilities
Ideal candidates are highly organized, resourceful, connected to their community (have lived in the same community at least 3 years), able to manage a budget, and experienced in working with students from other countries. This can be a great experience for teachers with summers or other fixed periods of time off. Note that this is a contract position, not an opportunity for full time work.
The type of groups CCI offers varies, but the general responsibilities of a group coordinator include:
- Recruiting and interviewing between 10 and 20 volunteer host families from a community
- Providing orientations to families and students
- Leading recreational activities and excursions
- Arranging English classes and/or school visits
- Coordinating transportation
- Providing ongoing support to students and host families
The benefits of working as a Group LC include:
- Supplemental income: Group LCs earn approximately $2000 - $5000 per group (varies based on size, type, and location of the group)
- Incentive points to be able travel on CCI conferences. Learn more about Local Coordinator Special Opportunities.
- Becoming more acquainted with your community through working with schools, clubs, neighborhood associations, and social and religious organizations
- Contributing to increased cultural awareness and understanding in the world.
In order to recruit host families, Group Coordinators must be willing and able to spend a considerable amount of time promoting the program to the local community in the months before students arrive. Coordinators must feel comfortable approaching schools, churches, organizations, and individuals in order to identify suitable hosts.
If you are interested in applying to be a local coordinator please complete our inquiry form and be sure to write in the comments section that you are interested in becoming a Group LC!