Become a SHARE! Exchange Program Coordinator
A desire to learn about what separates us culturally, as well as to celebrate all that we share in common as people, lies at the heart of our mission. As an Exchange Program Coordinator (EPC), you will have the important task of locating enthusiastic and nurturing families ready to welcome a visiting student into their home. As we take great pride in achieving a degree of compatibility between host family and student, YOUR role in this process is what can make the difference in the experience for both.
Just 5 Easy Steps!
- Fill out an Exchange Program Coordinator Application, including a reference check and criminal background check.
- The Team Leader for your area will contact you to discuss the position, conduct an informal interview, and sign an Independent Contractor Agreement.
- You will receive training from your Team Leader on all aspects of being an EPC, such as finding families, providing orientations and monitoring students.
- Get started finding wonderful families for teens that will be arriving for the next school semester.
- Prepare for the arrival of the fantastic group of students that have YOU to thank for matching them with their host families!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why be an EPC? SHARE! Exchange Program Coordinators are committed to facilitating a greater understanding among world cultures and proving that communication is the key to tolerance and peaceful coexistence. As an EPC, you are our all important link into local communities and a spokesperson for student exchange in your town as you liaison with schools, host families and community groups.
What is involved? Coordinators help match host families with students, communicate with local schools to make preparations for the student’s arrival, conduct pre- and post-arrival orientations for host families and students, and meet regularly with both students and families, providing guidance and support to help insure that the experience is going as smoothly as possible.
What kind of support will I receive from SHARE!? Your SHARE! Team Leader and the SHARE! National Office will provide you with resources, materials and training for every step of the process, throughout the year. You're never left out on your own!
What are the qualities of a successful EPC? The job requires a unique blend of dedication, awareness, energy, problem solving skills and a commitment to achieving the goals SHARE! has so successfully pursued over the course of its history. If you’ve never worked with teenagers, then you will come to understand the importance of patience and listening in counseling these young adults. Humor and good organizational skills will likewise serve you well.
How will I be compensated? SHARE! EPCs are independent contractors and will be issued a 1099 at the end of each calendar year. EPCs receive a Placement Documentation Fee of $200 for each student that they place after all required paperwork is submitted. After the students arrive EPCs are further compensated monthly on a per-student basis.
Are there incentives, rewards or bonuses? Rewards are an ongoing and exciting component of teamwork at SHARE! We conduct games and contests and reward EPCs for personal goal achievements and other objectives via cash awards, points, gifts, gift certificates and other fun and innovative incentives. Learn more about team incentives via the weekly newsletter and e-memo sent to all SHARE! EPCs.
What's this I heard about a free trip?! Our SHARE! Incentive Trips, are 5-day, 4-night overseas adventures that EPCs earn by placing students with host families! Recent trips have included Germany, France, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Belgium, Turkey, Ecuador, Thailand, Czech Republic and Austria.