Becoming a Local Rep

What is a local representative?

Local representatives act as the primary link between our exchange students, host families and local high schools. They serve as the exchange students’ advocate and support system while they are in the U.S.

What are the responsibilities of a local rep?

Responsibilities include recruiting host families, conducting in-home interviews, obtaining school acceptance, and supporting students, families and schools during the program. Local reps also conduct orientations and monthly contact reports with students and host families.

Is there any training for local reps?

Yes, all local reps are required by the U.S. Department of State to pass an annual certification test. Nacel Open Door local reps are also required to complete an online training module. Local reps are assigned a coordinator to work with. Coordinators act as mentors and coaches, helping their local reps secure placements, work with host families, and obtain school acceptances for the students.

Do local reps receive compensation?

Yes. Local reps are compensated based on the number of students and host families they oversee.

Is this a full-time position?

All of our local reps are independent contractors. Becoming a local rep is a great opportunity for those looking for a flexible job either on a full or part time basis, or for those seeking supplemental income.

Can I host a student and be a local rep?

Yes! Some of our best local reps are also host families. By hosting a student, local reps learn first-hand about hosting a student.

Is there a limit on how many students I can be the local rep for?

No. The number of students you are the local rep for will be determined between you and your coordinator. This number will also depend on how much time you are willing to dedicate to your students.

Where do the students come from?

NOD students come from all around the world. Many students come from Europe, Central America, Asia, and South America.

Can I place students with my relatives?

No. It is a conflict of interest for a local rep to place students with their relatives. Remember, you are the student’s advocate. If a student is having problems with their host family, it may be difficult for them to come to you knowing that you are related to their host family.

What do I do if there is an issue with a student or host family?

The national office is available to support you 24/7. We have a team of student advisors to help with student issues and a 24 hour emergency line. You are never alone and always supported by your coordinator and the national office.

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