SAI relies on local contacts across the United States for placement, supervision and direct contact with all of our students, host families and schools.
A Local Contact serves as the most ground level position at SAI, yet the most significant and important position with SAI. The Local Contact serves as the first point of contact, both pro-active and problem solving for each student, host family and school in each and every community. SAI would not survive without professional and ethical local Contacts in the field as representatives.
The Local Contact most importantly serves as the protector of the very vulnerable exchange student. The Local Contact assists with cultural differences, adaptation issues, routine school issues, and sometimes is just there to give a hug. In the same frame the Local Contact also serves as the representative of the host family. The Local Contact assists the host family with many of the same issues, cultural differences, adaptation issues and small routine questions.
The Local Contact also functions prior to the student's arrival. They find and screen potential host families. They secure school enrollments and work with each individual school policies. The Local Contact is always working within the students' best interest, even before they know the student.
Being a local contact offers many opportunities.
Who can be a Local contact?
Our Local Contacts come from all walks of life. They are stay at home moms and dads to top executives. If you have a love of learning, sharing and teenagers you are eligible. Many of our Local Contacts have been or still are host families. Share your world with an international youth and learn about their world. We want you to be a part of an International Community and SAI's family. Join us for the excitement of a new cultural experience.
The responsibilities of the Local Contact include:
How does a Local Contact get paid?
SAI pays its Local contacts for each student he or she places and supervises. This fee is paid in 3 parts: placement fee, orientation fee and supervision fee. Please review a Local Contact contract available in the SAI forms section of this website. SAI also provides a training trip to wonderful new locations each year for our Local Contacts who place 8 or more students. Come Join Us!
If this is for you, please click here and complete the online application and email back to us.
Our Student American International representatives provide ongoing support for SAI students and their host families, and as such, are key to the SAI support network.
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