HOST UK

Making international students welcome in the UK

SPONSOR A HOST VISIT. One weekend can mean so much! Volunteer hosts invite international students at UK universities to experience their way of life. This is such a good way to understand and appreciate one another. Every £30 helps make this opportunity available to one more student far from home.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (327592)

Amount raised

£779

Time left

94 days

Donations

29

  • It was the most difficult time of my life. I felt so lonely and stressed. This visit made me realise that I am never alone. I feel at home here now because of the lovely people like [my hosts] who made a huge impact to my life. I am more motivated and driven and I am forever grateful to them both.

    — Seigfred Pradoan, a Filipino student at Imperial College London

  • Our guests have taught us much about other cultures, and have been unfailingly appreciative. The world seems a knowable place when you host students from [far away] places. Their idealism and warmth assures us the world is in good hands after all. Or will be in good hands soon.

    — Cynthia Rogerson, host in the Highlands of Scotland

  • My experience was perfect! The trip taught me a lot about the beautiful places the UK has to offer us. Before the HOST UK experience, I had another concept about British people. After sharing a wonderful weekend with my lovely host, I’ve complete changed. Now I really feel that UK is my second home.

    — Solange Rios, a Paraguayan student at the University of Reading

  • Superb experience, learnt an awful lot about Burma. Great for my children to learn about another culture.

    — Nicole and Samuel Allshorn, hosts in West Yorkshire

Situation

Students from all over the world come to the UK, not just to gain degrees, but to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country. In practice, they find themselves in an international bubble in the university, and it is very difficult to engage with British people in their own environment. Some students experience loneliness and homesickness, some even racial abuse, and many return to their own countries having learnt little to appreciate about British life.

Solution

HOST links international students at UK universities with volunteer hosts all over the UK, who invite them to spend 2 or 3 days over a weekend or - importantly - at Christmas, as guests in their home. Our volunteer regional organisers know every host and match students and hosts carefully. Students experience the hosts' way of life, participate in local events and are taken to places of interest. In exchange, they talk to their hosts about their own culture. Lasting friendships are often forged.