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Promoting international friendship and cultural exchange
About Us

HOST offers international students, over the age of 18, studying at all levels in the UK a day or weekend visit to a British family. We work with more than 100 subscribing institutions, many of whom pay in full for our student’s visit. We have a network of about 40 regional organisers nationwide, each of whom manages 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 generations and personnel.


Mission Statement:

To enable adult international students to stay as guests in private homes, thereby helping the students to feel welcome in this country and promoting international friendship and understanding.

Cultural Exchange Opportunities

Make the world a little friendlier! Spend a day, weekend, or a few days at Christmas with an adult international student, learning about their 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, and so the host can meet new people and learn about 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 hosts are not expected to act as ‘tour-guides’.


So, if you’d like to enjoy an unusual and rewarding activity, meet new peopl eand travel the world from your sofa, please contact HOST to be put in touch with your local Regional Organiser

Additional Information

Registered Charity Number: 327592 Company Number: 2179430
Unit K106
100 Clements Road
AL10 0NB