Change the World One Family at a Time

ISE Area Representatives are community-minded individuals who help secure placements in their local high schools for exchange students, recruit host families in their communities, and provide support and guidance throughout the year.

As an Area Representative, you enable the people in your community to make friends from all over the world while changing the lives of our students forever. Each and every representative has the power to make a lasting, positive influence – whether you recruit one host family or one hundred.

Read the story of Chris Van Alstine from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and how she won “Rep of the Year”!

Get Involved!

Enrich your community and help bring the people of the world closer together. Nationwide Opportunities Available.

Join The Area Representatives in Your State

International Student Exchange has Area Representatives working in all 50 states, operating out of over 40 regional offices. Find your nearest office and join the team today!

Read Sarah Stanford’s amazing story on going from host mom, to area representative, to manager of the Bayou region in Louisiana.

Work from Home

Explore the World

By matching exchange students with volunteer host families in their communities, Area Representatives can earn spots for themselves, friends, and family on our annual Celebration of Success trip – a vacation to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Past destinations have included Ireland, Argentina, Germany, Spain, England, and many more!

This year we will all  be meeting in Amsterdam – “Venice of the North”. We hope to see you there!

Area Representative Blog

Read more about the experiences of Area Representatives across the country.

area representative with exchange student The 4 Best Perks of Being an ISE Area Representative Want to change lives, work from home, travel the world all in one part-time job? It's possible with International Student Exchange. Learn about the perks of becoming an ISE Area Representative. Read More The Inside Scoop on Being an ISE Area Representative — According to an Exper Interested in becoming an Area Representative with ISE? Hear what it is like from experienced veteran, Brenda Hendrickson. Read More Host mother welcoming two exchange students Ways to Recruit Exchange Student Host Families Looking for ways to recruit volunteer host families in your area? This may seem daunting to a new Area Representative, but rest assured, ISE is here to help. Here are some of our most successful methods for finding great families for our exchange students. Read More student-exchange-jobs-home-area-rep Time-Saving Tips and Tools for Busy Area Representatives Every area rep has a different way they like to organize their time, and no one method works for everyone — but there are a few tools, tips, and tricks that can help you get more done in less time, and with less stress! Read More Exchange students making science project Getting Started as an ISE Area Representative: Contacting Schools Many new Area Reps struggle with how to get started, but never fear – here we will lay out all of the essential steps so that you can feel confident setting your first appointment! Read More Above and Beyond: Exploring California Esther Williams is an area representative in northern California. She is a stay-at-home mom of five. She is also a former exchange student who spent a year in Hiroshima, Japan. Read about her story and her experiences as an area rep. Read More
area representative with exchange students at booth

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most asked questions. Be sure to read our full Area Representative FAQ to learn more

The Area Representative role is done from home and out in your local community. Reps attend local events and arrange activities to promote ISE cultural exchange at their convenience. When supervising an exchange student, reps are required to make bi-monthly in-person visits to each student while maintaining phone contact at least once every month. The position is flexible and can range from a few hours per week to a totally new lifestyle – you decide!

  • Area Representatives are independent contractors who receive payment each time they successfully place a foreign exchange student with a volunteer family. They also receive payment at key supervision check points throughout a program. Many bonus opportunities are also made available throughout the year.
  • Area Representatives who recruit 7 approved volunteer families can also earn a spot on our annual Celebration of Success incentive trip. This is an international trip provided by ISE to reward the hard work and dedication shown by our reps throughout the program season. Trip locations have included Ireland, Spain, England, Argentina, and many other beautiful international destinations. Recruit additional families to earn spots on the trip for family and friends!

All applicants must live and be authorized to work in the United States and have:

  • A valid US driver’s license
  • Internet connection
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check
  • Become Department of State Certified
  • Reliable transportation

Get Involved!


Global friendship starts with local action. Volunteer to host a student today!


Change the world, one family at a time. Apply to become an ISE Area Representative!


Explore a new culture and experience a new way of life. Become an exchange student!