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December 10, 2013 > Become an exchange student rep

Become an exchange student rep

Submitted By carol berger

Nacel Open Door (NOD) is a nonprofit high school student exchange organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN. Each year, the Academic Year Program places about 500 students with a volunteer American host family for an academic year or semester.

Local representatives act as the primary link between our exchange students, host families, and local high schools. Local representatives serve as the exchange student's advocate and support system while they are in the United States. Local representatives are required to maintain monthly contact with each of the students and families and to address problems they bring to your attention.

Duties of a Local representative include recruiting new host families and helping them through the completion of their host family application, obtain school acceptance for students, conduct home interviews with potential host families, and conduct orientations and monthly contacts with their students and host families.

A qualified candidate should be interested in cross-culture education, be outgoing, and have a flexible and positive attitude. Local representatives must feel comfortable approaching schools, churches, organizations, and individuals in order to identify hosts. The ideal candidate is highly organized, resourceful, a good judge of character, connected to the community, and has experience with students. Local representatives do receive a stipend.

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