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Local Coordinators

With you all the way

Local Coordinators

Volunteer Local Coordinators are the heart of our organisation.  They connect and support our international students and their host families as they live and learn throughout their exchange experience.  Local Coordinators are compensated for sourcing suitable host families who are matched with exchange students, and for supporting them throughout the program.  They are also compensated for other aspects of our exchange programs as well.

When exchange students come to Australia they embark on a journey that will enrich their lives through the bonds they will make with their Australian host family.  They will learn through participation in an Australian high school.  They will have the opportunity to take in some of our famous landmarks and customs, to feel not just part of a family but also a community and to feel like a real Aussie and return home with a head full of memories.


The role of a Local Coordinator – Committed to Safety

The safety and wellbeing of all our exchange students is a top priority at Southern Cross Cultural Exchange.  Our video, ‘The Role of Local Coordinators,’ introduces the basic principles of child protection and the associated legal and regulatory framework.  We require all Local Coordinators to view the video and understand their role in ensuring international exchange students have safe, happy and rewarding exchange experiences.



As a local coordinator you can make all this happen

You will be the facilitator for finding those perfect host families that will open their doors and minds to exchange students from another country.

You will be the catalyst for local families in your community who may not have realised the emotional rewards of this vocation.

You will help foreign students to grow in knowledge, spirit and character and to showcase Australia as a great place to live.

As a local Coordinator you are the most vital link in the exchange experience

By providing support and guidance to host families and exchange students you are the one that can fulfil the promise of the journey by understanding the expectations of the student, the school and the local community.  SCCE will train and support you through an annual training day and ongoing contact.  Although the position is voluntary, SCCE does not want you to be out of pocket for expenses. You will receive a set amount to reimburse your expenses for each exchange student according to program lengths.


Join Our Team

Please join us and the thousands of proud Local Coordinators around the world and enquire today.  One of our team members will be in touch to discuss the position in more length.


“I really enjoy being a Local Coordinator.  It’s so good to deal with the kids and learn about their cultures.  I’ve made lots of friends in the community, and it’s actually great learning why they’re involved and getting to know them.  I also really enjoy the challenges that sometimes come with the language barriers and not understanding one another’s cultures.  Why am I an LC?  Well, I just do what I do because I really enjoy it!”.

Stephen, 2018 SCCE LC

Stephen is pictured below taking a group of host families and their exchange students on a day trip to Mungo National Park.  Stephen sometimes organises these trips for host families who aren’t in a position to take their students on day trips.

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