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After reading through the Frequently Asked Questions below, please fill out the online Local Coordinator Application.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is this a part-time or a full-time job? How much does it pay?
Local Coordinators are independent contractors with TLI. The position is part-time and the compensation is distributed in installments throughout the academic year, from early September through late June. Compensation is approximately $1,000 per student, with the possibility for a bonus based on meeting early placement deadlines.
2. What is the length of the contract period?
Local Coordinators begin finding and vetting host families once they are hired and trained and continue supporting students and host families through June 2014.
3. How many students should I expect to place my first year?
Most first-year Local Coordinators place 1 to 3 students, although there is no limit on the number of students you can place. Experienced Local Coordinators may place 10 or more students per year. The number of students you place will depend primarily on how much time you are able to invest in finding host families. Please keep in mind that school districts have different policies for how many students they can accept per sponsor organization. Due to Department of State regulations, TLI cannot place more than 5 students in the same high school without written permission from a school official.
4. How much time should I expect to commit to this job?
On average, you will need to spend 5-10 hours on training, and then 5-10 hours per week finding and vetting potential host families and gaining acceptance for enrollment from local high schools. During the academic year, you should expect to spend an average of 5 hours per month supporting each student. Some situations can require the Local Coordinator to commit more time in a given month. These situations include, but are not limited to, medical emergencies, conflicts between student and host family, and other special situations that require the Local Coordinator to find and vet a new host family for the student. Local Coordinators must be available and willing to commit as much time as necessary to address and resolve these types of challenging situations. In general, serving as a Local Coordinator can be done while working full-time as long as you have evening and weekend hours available to support your exchange students and host families.
5. How many students do we place per year?
TLI places about 90 exchange students on the J-1 visitor visa program each year.
6. Where are your students from?
Most TLI exchange students come from East Asia or Southeast Asia. While most of our students come from China and Japan, we also have students from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. We occasionally have a small number of students from Europe as well. We often place our students in high schools that offer the student’s native language in the school curriculum. This gives the exchange students the opportunity to serve as volunteers and cultural ambassadors in the language classroom for at most one period per day.
7. Do families receive compensation for hosting an exchange student?
No, host families must be volunteers. The Department of State oversees the J-1 exchange visitor program for secondary school students. The mission of the program is to promote public diplomacy and cultural exchange; therefore families cannot receive any monetary stipend or other compensation for hosting.
8. What kind of training do you provide?
TLI will provide a series of training phone calls as well as web-based materials that cover Department of State regulations, host family recruiting, and mediation and conflict resolution. Each Local Coordinator will be matched with a TLI Regional Director and receive individual training by phone or Skype as needed. All Local Coordinators must complete the Department of State online certification exam.
9. What are the required qualifications to be a Local Coordinator?
Local Coordinators should have strong connections to their communities as well as the ability to work well in an independent environment. Local Coordinators should enjoy working with high school students and addressing common teenage issues. Past experience with counseling or conflict mediation is a strong plus. Above all, Local Coordinators should have a passion for cultural exchange and a desire to serve their community and provide the opportunity of a lifetime to young people from around the world.
Ready to Apply?
Please fill out the online Local Coordinator Application.