You can make a difference
Our Local Coordinators are men and women who believe that student exchange is a life changing experience for young people and the host families within the local community. As a Local Coordinator, you will assist with recruiting and interview potential host families. You will provide ongoing support to these families and students to ensure that the exchange experience is a success for everyone as well as interviewing local students wishing to go on exchange overseas. If you are interested in becoming a Local Coordinator, please register below, and our team will be in contact with you to discuss further:
Do you have an interest in foreign cultures and the student exchange experience?
We are always on the lookout for new people to become part of our coordinator network across Australia and in New Zealand.
If you’ve got a few spare hours a week, why not help support inbound and outbound exchange students in your local area by volunteering to join us and become a Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Local Coordinator.
As a Local Coordinator, you will help us by:
- Conducting host family interviews
- Introducing students with families according to Student Exchange Australia New Zealand and Education Department guidelines
- Keeping us informed on students’ progress
- Conducting host family and student orientations, once a year (if required)
- Supervising students and providing support to them and their host families
- Interviewing local students who wish to go on exchange overseas
- Accessing our comprehensive online Info Centre along with other community coordinators
Generally, coordinating only takes an hour or two a fortnight. There will be times when you may need to devote more time, for example if you are evaluating and interviewing families.
Yes, exchange students can depart from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. Similarly, overseas exchange students can be placed with a host family anywhere in the country. Exchange students from overseas are interested in living in all sorts of different communities so no place is too big or too small, too rural or too urban. We want international teens to learn and experience as much as possible about their new host family.
Yes, depending on your other commitments, you can look after a number of students. They’ll need to be placed within close graphical range so that you can easily reach students or families if they need you.
“Hi, my name is Danni and I have been a LC in the Hervey Bay Area for around 10 years! I love that I get to interact with my local Host families and the exchange students that come to stay in my area. Being an LC has been a very awarding experience for myself and my children who also get to Interact with some of my exchange students and we love learning all about their countries and cultures!“
“I’ve been a local coordinator with Student Exchange Australia New Zealand since 2015, and have loved being involved in the program. It has been immensely rewarding to support the many students who have come to Australia, watching them grow in confidence and maturity from their arrival to their departure. Student Exchange Australia New Zealand provide a very professional and caring program for all the students, and I am proud to be a part of it.“
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