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SOURCE PAX - Program of Academic Exchange
PORT CHESTER, N.Y., July 10, 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.
"Working with exchange students is the best way in the world to bring people together from different countries and cultures," says Cliff Fournier, a PAX community coordinator from Massachusetts.
"If you enjoy travel, learning about other countries, and working with young people, this is a great opportunity to pursue these interests while making a contribution to your community," says Smith. "And most find it a lot of fun!"
"Being a community coordinator for PAX is so rewarding, because I know I help foster an experience that makes an impact in the lives of exchange students and in my community," says Kelley Cartularo, PAX area manager from Vermont. "Witnessing how the families and students grow and how their relationships with one another evolve and mature is tremendously powerful."
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. 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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