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SOURCE PAX - Program of Academic Exchange
PORT CHESTER, N.Y., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PAX - Program of Academic Exchange seeks local coordinators throughout the U.S. to work with international high school students visiting for the school year.
A community coordinator is an independent contractor who represents the PAX program in the local community. "It is a great opportunity to provide families in your community a positive, life-changing experience through exposure to a new culture," says Bradley Smith, PAX president and chief executive officer.
Community coordinators are responsible for recruiting and screening volunteer host families; arranging placement with local high schools; and supporting students, host families, and schools throughout the academic year.
"Coordinating exchange students is marvelous. It has brought the world into my home," says Liz Carver, community coordinator from Missouri. She adds, "I love arrival day when I go to the airport with my host families to welcome this year's nervous but very excited new students."
The position boasts part-time, flexible scheduling, modest compensation on a commission basis, annual domestic and international educational travel perks, and is managed from home.
"I look forward to the national meeting and the chance to see PAX coordinators from across the country who I now know as friends. Not only is it a lot of fun, but I also learn a great deal, which I can then implement in the field to better serve my students, families, and schools," says Ryan Dunfee, community coordinator from Ohio.
Many, but not all, community coordinators bring international, education, or youth program experience to the role. And the most successful have excellent networking, public relations, communications, and sales skills.
Founded in 1990, PAX is a non-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Programs chosen to participate in the prestigious U.S. government sponsored Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs. Each year, more than 1,100 teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students.
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