Changing lives
One family at a time

Our local International Exchange Coordinators (IECs) are at the core of our program, helping to find local host families and supporting them and their exchange students throughout the year. As an IEC, you'll bring the world into your community, make friends all over the world, and impact the lives of students and host families forever. Hear from our IECs who have helped bring the world into their communities. Watch the video!




Something you can be proud of

Our IECs have three main responsibilities: finding host families, supporting exchange participants during the year, and spreading the word in the community. The role is flexible; it can range from a few hours a month to a new lifestyle— you decide.

Make the match

You'll find caring host families in your community and help them choose an exchange student that perfectly fits their personality, interests and lifestyle.

support students

With the help of your Regional Coordinator and EF office staff, you'll be a friend, mentor and local support resource for exchange students and host families throughout the school year.

Enrich Your Community

You'll work with schools and other local organizations to spread awareness about student exchange and to bring the world into your community.


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When you join EF as an IEC, you gain more than a fulfilling job; you'll join a supportive, fun and inspiring group of nearly 1,000 IECs nationwide. You'll work with them at national and regional trainings, explore the world together on incentive trips, and support each other every day in our online community. For our exchange students, it's the little things that make their year: making s'mores, going to a high school football game, dancing the night away at prom. Hosting an exchange student doesn't take anything fancy — just a warm, welcoming spirit and the love you'd give to your own family.


How The Role Works

Below is an overview of the International Exchange Coordinator role, from your initial application, to matching your first student and family, all the way through the exchange year itself.

Exchange Coordinator

Application: Potential IECs are guided through the application process by EF staff in our Boston or Denver office. The process includes an online application, a background check, an interview and some initial training.

Training: Once accepted, IECs complete our industry-leading online training, which includes EF's own requirements and those of the U.S. Department of State. IECs also meet in-person with a local Regional Coordinator for additional training.

Networking: After their training is complete, IECs can begin to find caring host families in their communities, and then match the families with exchange students (who have already been accepted into the program). IECs also work to build strong working relationships with their local high schools.

Support: Throughout the exchange year, IECs support those host families and students— this part of the job makes being an IEC a truly unique and rewarding experience.

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The IEC role is a job you can be proud of. It’s an opportunity to build relationships with students from around the world, bring a global perspective to your own community, and change lives—including your own! Combine these benefits with EF’s industry-leading training, support and compensation, and you can see why our IECs truly love what they do.

There is no typical IEC! Our IECs live all across the country and come from many different backgrounds—stay-at-home parents, business owners, professors, newlyweds, empty nesters and more! Some have children, others don’t. Some work with their spouses or significant others, others do the
job on their own.

Whatever their background, all our IECs share a mission of opening the world through education, have a volunteer spirit, and are passionate about cultural exchange. To be an IEC, you must be at least 25 years old and undergo the same screening process as our host families.

IECs are encouraged to recruit EF host families throughout the year. In the late summer and early fall, the main focus shifts to supervisory responsibilities, like conducting orientations and getting to know exchange students and host families. Throughout the school year, monthly contact with EF exchange students ensures our program participants are well supported and making the most of their experience.

We ask our IECs to commit to placing exchange students throughout the year. Some of our IECs place one EF exchange student in their free time, while others place upwards of 20 EF exchange students. It all depends on your availability and personal goals!

IECs are compensated for each exchange student they match with a family and for supervising all their students during the year. In addition to the financial compensation, IECs earn travel rewards and other benefits.

IECs are not required to host a student full time, though many do and  find that it deepens their relationships with their EF exchange students and EF host families, as they are able to live the experience firsthand. 

EF is proud to offer industry-leading training to all our IECs. New IEC trainings are delivered online and in person, hosted by EF staff in Boston, Regional Coordinators in your area, and the U.S. Department of State. IECs get additional training at regional meetings with other local IECs, at our yearly national meeting for qualified IECs, and through our extensive library of training materials.

We are committed to making sure that our EF exchange students and EF host families have the best experience possible. If problems ever arise, you can rely on your fellow IECs, Regional Coordinator and EF Staff to support you. In the rare case that we can’t all resolve the issue together, EF High School Exchange Year will find the student a new home.

EF exchange students come to the U.S. for either one semester (beginning in September or January) or one school year (usually September to June, though it depends on your school district).

We are always looking for local exchange coordinator and EF host family recruiters. Additionally, we offer referral incentives for each family or coordinator you refer to our program. If you're interested in joining our program, give us a call at 1 (800) 447 4273 or let us know the best time to reach you!

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