Robert and Anna Brown have been inviting students to their home in a small village for the last 5 years.
‘We met each other in Ethiopia, and we return there from time to time, so we've always been interested in people from other countries and cultures.
‘Since joining HOST we have met such interesting young people, in ones and twos, from countries as diverse as Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Mexico.
‘We offer HOST 2 or 3 weekends a year, sometimes Christmas. Most recently, in April, we went mad and invited three assorted male students at once. They were all post-grads. Xiongfei from China is doing a PhD in Public Health; Ramiro from Mexico is into Business Intelligence; and Pascal from Monaco is a lawyer. Everyone got on brilliantly, and we felt it was our best HOST weekend ever.
‘But each individual was fascinating in his own right, so if we had only had space for one, we would still have enjoyed the weekend very much. Our recommendation? Just give HOSTing a try! We did, and we love it.’
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