Give the gift of Christmas! Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted University campus. You can invite one or two students into your home for four days of Christmas, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.
Volunteer hosts invite students to visit for a few days at Christmas 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 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 up on interests and availability by a Regional Organiser (RO) who will 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 people and travel the world on your sofa, get in touch with HOST.
Hosting is also available during weekends throughout the year.
To promote international friendship and understanding by welcoming international students as guests in British homes. HOST arranges for adult international students studying in the UK to spend a day or weekend in a British home, thereby helping them to feel welcom in the UK, and promoting cultural exchange and international friendship.
Experience required: No particular skills, just an interest in people.
Travel details: Volunteer's own home.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses details: Hosts can claim a limited amount from our hospitality fund.
Training details: Not necessary.