Academy coaches are volunteer members who work with a cohort of six trainees. They represent a broad range of expertise and have worked in the field of international education for more than five years. Coaches work with their trainees to develop the trainees' learning plans and guide them as they navigate the world of international education, including NAFSA. They also advise trainees on workshop and session selections at the annual and fall regional conferences. Each coach is trained to be knowledgeable in six coaching skill sets:
- Knowledge of the Academy
- Marketing and Recruitment
- Building a Cohort
- Communication with Trainees
- Professional Tools
- Facilitating Learning
Become an Academy Coach
Applications for Academy Coaches open on April 1.
Access to coaches' experience and knowledge is one of the greatest benefits for trainees. The coaches provide professional guidance and direction to trainees while they receive a broad overview of international education through a variety of workshops.
Note: You must be a NAFSA member to serve as a coach for the NAFSA Academy.
An Interview with a Former Academy Coach
Director of International Student and Scholar Advising
Rendy Schrader shares her experience of being an Academy Coach and offers advice to new, incoming coaches. Read her interview.