About the opportunity
Make the world a little friendlier! Spend a weekend with an adult international student, learning about there culture, showing them your local area and inviting them to experience your own home life.Volunteer hosts invite students to stay, so the student can experience 'real' Britain, away from university and heavy tourism. The host can meet new people and learn diverse cultures from around the world.
Choose how often you host, how many people you invite (individuals, pairs or families) and if you would like to meet someone from a specific country. Students and hosts will be matched on interests and availability by a Regional Organiser (RO) who will also help you sign up.
There are no specific expectations from a host visit, other than the student should be made to feel part of your family for the short time. Hosts can show their local area, visit friends, attend local events, or just spend time chatting. This is not a tourism opportunity for the student and host are not expected to act as 'tour-guides'.
So, if you'd like to enjoy an unusual and rewarding activity, meet new people and travel the world on your sofa, get in touch with HOST.
HOST's mission is international understanding. It arranges for international students studying at British universities to spend a weekend or Christmas in a British home. All hosts are volunteers. Host offers international students, over the age of 18, studying all levels in the UK a day or a weekend visit to a British home. We work with more than 100 subscribing institutions, many of whom pay in full for our students' visits. We have a network of about 40 regional organisers nationwide, each of whom managed between 20-80 host families. Our small staff co-ordinates the application process for about 3000 applications per year and manages our relationships with subscribing institutions and other stake holders. We have an active Board of Governors of 9 people and sub committees for income generation and personnel. Volunteers will need to have an interest with people and will be home based.