Support the Cause and Become a Coordinator!

At CHI, our Academic Coordinators (ACs) are the basis of our support network. Coordinators are responsible for finding that perfect match between a host family and a student, and they are available throughout the year to help ensure that our program participants are learning, growing, and having fun. It is local work with a global impact, and it is a chance to become a part of a community of people who truly love what they do.

Benefits and Compensation


Our Coordinators often have families and full-time jobs that they maintain alongside their duties at CHI, and they get to decide how many students and host families they work with during a given school year.

Impactful Work

At CHI, the goal is to change lives, and Coordinators are a fundamental part of this process. Throughout your time as a Coordinator, you will witness the way in which a homestay program can bridge gaps and promote goodwill.

The relationship you build with your students is irreplaceable! Every time you make a difference in a student’s life, it has a positive impact on the greater global community.

Commission-based compensation

Each Coordinator receives a monthly stipend per student placed as well as a placement fee for every successful host family/student match. There are also special placement bonuses!

Opportunity for Growth

Coordinators can become more involved over time as high-placement Coordinators and move on to work officially with CHI as Area Program Administrators or Developing Area Program Administrators. Many current members of our field staff have been working with our organization for years.


Area Program Administrators are your direct supervisors, and they will train you and work closely with you throughout your time as a Coordinator. They are there to help you with ongoing student issues and are available at all times!

A community of fellow coordinators, host families, and international students

Throughout this experience, you will meet a whole world of people you would have never met otherwise!

ACs with high placement numbers are invited to our annual Academic Year Program conference held in fun places like Los Angeles and New Orleans! It is a chance to see the bigger picture of the important work that we do and bond with ACs, Area Program Administrators, our California office staff, and Program Directors.


When you begin working as a coordinator with CHI, our Area Program Administrators will immediately train you and give you the resources and knowledge you need. They are always available to answer any questions and help you along the way.

Before the student’s arrival:

  • Locate public schools willing to accept international students
  • Recruit and interview prospective host families
  • Make host family/student matches

After the student’s arrival:

  • Conduct host family and student orientations
  • Communicate regularly with students, host families and schools. Monitor the progress of the student and host family relationship while providing support as needed
  • Plan and coordinate group outings for your students and host families
  • Bond with your families and students and help them to bond with each other

Contact us if you’d like to become part of a nationwide team dedicated to improving intercultural understanding, changing people’s lives in unique ways, and developing lasting global friendships.

Sign me up!


  • Enthusiasm
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently
  • Passion for and interest in working with young people
  • Excellent relationship-building skills
  • Previous Coordinator experience is preferred but not necessary