Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) is looking for energetic community leaders who are passionate about learning about new cultures and working with people from different backgrounds, to serve the role of local coordinator in various communities in Iowa. Local coordinators are often teachers, nurses, retirees, or stay at home moms and others are bankers, full time professionals, doctors etc. What they often have in common is a love for working with people of different cultures and backgrounds and a desire to be a part time independent contractor working from home.
Local Coordinator responsibilities include:
- Identifying, screening, interviewing and selecting safe and appropriate volunteer host families for exchange students
- Identifying schools open to international exchange students and building relationships with school personnel
- Matching host families with international students
- Providing orientations and group outings for international students and host families
- Acting as a support person and counselor for families and international students throughout the student’s stay in the U.S.
- Ensuring that students are safe and thriving through a minimum of two phone calls per month
- Providing support for students, host families and high schools throughout the program year or semester
- Re-placing students with new host families within the same community and high school when necessary
- Networking and generating international student host family referrals and school placement through attending community events, using social media and especially communicating face-to-face with families and high school administrators
- Administering host family and student orientations
- Submitting required paperwork on time, including online monthly reports
- Planning and overseeing a minimum of four enrichment activities for students in the course of the year
- Attending Local Coordinator trainings as necessary
As an independent contractor working part-time, local coordinators (LC) earn stipends (taxes not withheld). Local coordinators can earn up to $1,500 for each exchange student that are place with a host family and monitored throughout the year. Stipends are split into three payments: 1) after the LC has secured a school opening and found a host family, 2) after the first semester 3) after the student has left the program. Mileage reimbursement is available for approved student related travel; Expenses related to pre-approved enhancement activities will be reimbursed.
- Must be at least 26 years of age
- Must have access to a computer and the internet
- Must have access to a car or public transportation
- Must have valid driver’s license
- Must be able to pass a background check
- Must be able to pass the Local Coordinator State Department Training