*Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Is your family warm and welcoming?
Are you willing to open your home?
Host families who open their homes to international visitors are the beating heart of EIL – the Experiment in International Living. The ‘homestay’ underpins the ethos of our organisation; shared intercultural exchanges and experiences that create lasting friendships and a more tolerant and understanding world.
*Could you offer international students or adults space in your home to experience everyday life in your family, community and country?
Our charity, EIL UK, is looking for families to host people from other countries and cultures for a day, a weekend, up to 4 weeks, or for an academic year. We pay our volunteers contribution towards the costs of hosting and provide information and on-going support.
*If you are passionate about your local area and are willing to share your family life and culture, why not join EIL’s network of host families who offer a home from home :
-Day or Weekend Stay for an international university student who arrives on a Friday evening and departs just before lunchtime on a Sunday.

-Short Family Stay to host a university student or an adult for 1 - 4 weeks.

-High School student aged 16 to 18 years who studies in a local school or college for a term/s or an academic year and lives as part of your family to learn about life in the UK, local traditions and improve their English language skills.

-or host a visitor on a Cultural Group visit where adults or young people are on an organised programme of day trips to various places of interest. Sometimes, they take part in workshops, learn a language or volunteer for local community organisations. As part of their visit, we offer individuals the chance to live with a host family for a few days.

*Get in touch to find out more
If you are interested in learning about other cultures, are a warm and welcoming family and are willing to share your home, please contact Kay on 01684 562577 for a chat or email for an information pack.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Experiment in International Living (EIL), founded in 1932, was one of the first programs of its kind to engage individuals in intercultural living and learning. Originating in the United States, The Experiment introduced the ‘homestay’ concept to the world by carefully preparing and placing “Experimenters” in the homes of host families abroad for a firsthand exposure to culture and language. Since the time Founder Donald B. Watt took the first group of Experimenters to Switzerland, tens of thousands of individuals of all ages and backgrounds have shared experiences, languages and customs with others from different cultures and traditions. Together they have broadened horizons, gained lifelong friends and helped to advance the goals of peace and understanding.










Flexible times available to suit volunteers-all help is greatly appreciated.


Experience required: Open, tolerant and welcoming.
Travel details: We are looking for people to host foreign exchange students in their own homes and to take a bit of time to show them local experiences of cultural interest/diversity.


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Contribution towards hosting costs will be explained to host families as part of their induction, should they be successful.
Training details: Good support is provided to all volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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