Become an exchange coordinator

Encourage local families to host foreign exchange students. Make an impact in your community.

Your role as a student exchange coordinator

As an International Exchange Coordinator (IEC), you play a key role in the world of cultural exchange. You bring cultures together in your community by connecting foreign exchange students, high schools and host families. The role is part-time, flexible and volunteer-spirited.

Find caring host families in your community

Match host families with EF exchange students

Support your host families and students throughout the year

Meet our exchange coordinators

Our IECs live all across the US and come from many different backgrounds—stay-at-home parents, business owners, teachers, empty nesters and more! They are passionate about cultural exchange and love to build international friendships.

Every journey is different

Read more about how coordinators incorporate exchange into their lives.

How does it work?

As an exchange coordinator, you wear many different hats. You build relationships in your community and support your host families and students. Explore different components of the role below.

Our rewards & incentives

Exchange coordinators 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 gain access to a nationwide network.

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Monetary rewards

Monetary rewards

Finding matches is rewarding both personally and financially. Each student placement earns you compensation and travel rewards that can take you all over the world.



Travel to national and international destinations to meet other IECs and learn more about our program. Our students travel from all over the world and we encourage you to do the same!



EF is a big company with staff all over the world – not just in the United States. Get to know international colleagues through the EF network and expand your horizons.



With EF’s online and print resources, as well as support from staff, you’ll learn people and communication skills as well as the opportunity to attend regional and national workshops.

Learn more about promoting exchange in your community

Join our online information meeting to learn about becoming a local exchange coordinator! Hear more about the qualifications and support from EF and get your questions answered.

EF – The world leader in high school programs

EF High School Exchange Year has been promoting global awareness through student exchange for over 40 years. We bring more students to the US each year than any other high school exchange program. Since 1979, our organization has connected more than 100,000 international students with caring host families across America. We proudly work alongside the US Department of State in promoting public diplomacy through our program.

Meet a school principal

Become an exchange coordinator

Are you interested in learning more about helping international students and host families? Would you like to connect with your community in exciting new ways and explore the world with EF?

Register your interest

Speak to our EF team

Start your onboarding process

I'd like to learn more about becoming an exchange coordinator


Become a host family

Host a foreign exchange student and make a second family in another part of the world.

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Let’s connect!

Talk to us directly: +1 800 447 4273

Send an email: [email protected]

© EF Education First 2011-2022. EF High School Exchange Year is operated by EF Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit corporation designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student exchange program. Note: Featured photo/videos do not include prospective students, and are representative of program participants.