United Studies area representatives:

  • mentor young people who are experiencing an academic year exchange in the United States
  • learn about foreign countries; the people, the cultures and the lives of others
  • foster goodwill and mutual understanding between the United States and other countries
  • connect with families and others in their communities

If this sounds like fun to you, apply to become a United Studies area representative!​

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Learn more about becoming an area representative

What will I do as an Area Representative?

As a United Studies Area Representative, you will be the first point of contact and support for international students, American host families, and American high schools participating in the United Studies Academic Year Program.

Everything you do as an Area Representative contributes to the quality and safety of the exchange, ultimately enabling the sharing of experiences and ideas across cultures and fostering goodwill between the United States and other countries.

With ongoing training and support from United Studies, you will:

  • obtain permission to enroll the student at a school (within 50 miles of your home)
  • promote the program to potential families living within that school’s attendance zone (and within 50 miles of the Area Representative’s home)
  • evaluate host family applications, conduct interviews and home visits, and check references so as to select a family capable of providing a safe and welcoming home for the student
  • provide orientations to the host family and student at various points prior to and during the program
  • maintain consistent contact with the student, host family, and school throughout the program, submitting contact reports at designated intervals regarding the satisfaction and welfare of the student, host family, and school
  • help students, host families, and schools to resolve problems that arise and call upon United Studies staff for assistance when needed

Through intercultural exchanges, differing perspectives can be shared, harmful stereotypes dispelled, and lifelong friendships formed. By ensuring that exchanges are a positive experience, you promote intercultural understanding and peace among nations.

Will I make a good Area Representative?

United Studies values diversity and therefore welcomes Area Representatives from all walks of life, including retirees, stay-at-home parents, and already-employed individuals wishing to take on an additional endeavor.

A good Area Representative is typically:

  • eager to work with individuals in the community and youth from other countries
  • curious and open-minded about other countries, their people, and their cultures
  • enthusiastic about promoting mutual respect and understanding among nations
  • caring and compassionate
  • able to communicate effectively

To learn about other cultures, forge rewarding relationships, and promote intercultural understanding, apply to be a United Studies Area Representative.

How will I be trained?

United Studies will provide you with the training you need for every step of the process. United Studies trains its Area Representatives using a variety of formats, such as online seminars, conference calls, and reading materials.

Even after training you and providing you with helpful resources, United Studies will be available to support you any time you need assistance.

Our area representatives are an integral part of an organization. We work hard to value and support all those with whom we work.

How will I find host families?

United Studies will provide you with the training, promotional materials, and suggestions you need to show people how hosting an exchange student benefits them, their community, and the world. Possible recruitment strategies include:

  • speaking at meetings and events of community, religious, and school organizations
  • hosting an information table at meetings and events of community, religious, and school organizations
  • posting announcements in the newsletters or on websites of community, religious, and school organizations
  • submitting public service announcements to local radio stations
  • posting flyers on community bulletin boards
  • posting announcements via social media such as Facebook and Twitter
  • hosting an “information night” at a library, a school, or at home
  • spreading the word through your personal network.

United Studies provides an exciting way to connect with your community for a good cause.

What if problems arise with my students?

United Studies trains its Area Representatives on how to deal with problems that may arise, but even after training you and providing you with helpful resources, the central staff of United Studies will be ready to support you any time you need assistance.

To ensure that exchange students, host families, and school communities have positive exchange experiences, apply to be a United Studies Area Representative.

Why should I become an Area Representative?

This experience enables you to:

    foster goodwill and mutual understanding between the United States and other countries;

    learn about other countries, their people, and their cultures;

    mentor an international student during a time of academic, linguistic, cultural, and emotional growth;

    connect to your community;

    determine how many students you would like to place and monitor; and

    determine what hours you work; and

    earn money per successful student placement.

Furthermore, you will be joining an organization that appreciates and supports you. We at United Studies believe that meaningful and safe exchanges promote more positive relations between the United States and its fellow nations. Everything you do as an Area Representative contributes to the quality and safety of the exchange; therefore supporting you will be one of United Studies’ highest priorities.

United Studies area representatives learn about other cultures, forge rewarding relationships, and promote intercultural understanding as a valued part of a quality organization.

How many students would I place and monitor?

The number of students you support will depend upon:

  • how many students you wish to take on
  • how many school and host family placements you secure within 50 miles of your home.

United Studies area representatives learn about other cultures, forge rewarding relationships, and promote intercultural understanding.

How can I learn more?

E-mail us at exchange@unitedstudies.org or call us toll-free at 1-800-869-8585