Cultural Exchange Weekend

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Make the world a little friendlier! Spend a weekend with an adult international student in your home, 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 people and travel the world from your sofa, get in touch with HOST.

Organisation aims and objectives

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 welcome in the UK, and promoting cultural exchange and international friendship.












Experience required: No particular skills, just an interest in people and other cultures and countries
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes (Hosts can claim a limited amount from our hospitality fund)
Training details: Initial induction and ongoing support provided by Regional Organiser.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated a month ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.