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Our latest recruits

Penelope Garlick is our new temporary Regional Organiser for Hertfordshire and North London.

Penelope has been a host with  her husband for a number of years, and has recently taken on the role as temporary Regional Organiser for Hertfordshire and North London. Her background is in Health, including work within the NHS. As well as this, she has been involved with a wide range of voluntary opportunities, including as Chair and Secretary for several organisations.

Jeanie Cooper is our new Regional Organiser for the North East of England.

Jeanie is a retired teacher. She is a member of the North Eastern Recorder Orchestra, and of the Berwick Arts Choir. Jeanie and her husband have been hosts for 8 years and thoroughly enjoy meeting students, showing them around their area and feeding them traditional British dishes.

Programme & Volunteer Co-ordinator

The Programme and Volunteer Co-ordinator gives vital support to the Student-Host programme and the Regional Volunteers throughout the UK; and is the lynch pin for all admin and general office matters.    

The post holder will manage an effective and efficient administrative service to the organisation and in particular to the volunteers in the field. The successful candidate should have at least one year's previous administrative experience (ideally with some experience of general office administration), good IT skills, excellent written and oral communication skills and strong organisational skills. A good telephone manner and a flexible and enthusiastic approach are essential; experience of working with volunteers is desirable. The successful candidate will be able to prioritise and work to deadlines, and be a team player who can also work on their own initiative. 

This is a full-time one year contracted post, based in our office in Hatfield, Herts.


Salary :  £16,772 per annum

Closing date: 12th June 2016

Interview dates: 16th June 2016


For further information, please download the following documents.

Job Description

Person Specification

Terms and Conditions

Application Form

Monitoring Sheet


Please send your completed application to Susie at



Volunteer hosts

Voluntary regional organisers

Our volunteer Regional Organisers (ROs) work mostly at home, using the HOST database, phone and email to contact students and the hosts in their region.

We aim to have one RO in every county. Each RO has a list of the volunteer hosts in their region and is responsible for maintaining good relations with their hosts (normally by phone) and encouraging them to offer invitations for students.

ROs try to spread the word about HOST in their region and play an important part in the recruitment of new hosts, by contacting those who enquire, explaining what is involved, and visiting them in their homes before registering them as hosts.

All the ‘match-making’ between hosts and students is done by the ROs. ROs are sent student applications and need to be in contact with students (normally by email) to ensure that the matching process goes smoothly.

ROs are NOT responsible for making travel arrangements for students.

Many ROs also have the opportunity to go into their local universities once or twice a year, to help inform students about HOST.

ROs have a one-day training, and constant support from the HOST office and other ROs.

We are currently looking for ROs in these regions:

  • Regional Organiser for Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Regional Organiser for Mid and West Wales
  • Regional Organiser for Shropshire
  • Regional Organiser for Kent
  • Regional Organiser for Lancashire
  • Regional Organiser for Staffordshire and Derbyshire
  • Regional Organiser for Nottinghamshire
  • Regional Organiser for Oxfordshire

Office Volunteers

The HOST office offers a friendly and varied introduction to office work. We currently have one vacancy for a volunteer post in the office. Please see below for details.

This is what some recent interns have said about working with us:

Working at HOST was a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain office experience. As a small charity it provides an ideal environment to learn and develop. Everyone at HOST was friendly and patient and helped me with any new tasks. Internship has also given me a more in-depth understanding of how charities work. It provided me with valuable skills and confidence. Internship at HOST was a rewarding experience.

- Margaret

My time at HOST was a great way to gain admin and customer service experience and get an insight into the running of a small charity. The work was interesting and varied, and I felt like a valued member of the team’

- Rachel

Current vacancies

Title: Office Volunteer

Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Role Description

Working in the HOST office, you will:

  • Be available for 3 days a week (ideally Wednesday to Friday, although this is negotiable) for 3-6 months from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (with a half-hour lunch break).
  • Have your expenses and lunch allowance paid up to a maximum rate of £9.40 for travel and £4.25 for lunch.
  • Support the CE and staff members with all administrative tasks such as replying to queries, updating information on the database, occasional research – you will become familiar with Outlook and the HOST database.
  • Take your turn on the reception desk, answering the telephone and taking messages.
  • Deal directly by phone, email and occasionally in person, with international students, volunteer Regional Organisers and volunteer hosts, university officers, the general public and any other enquirers – you will learn to deal diplomatically with a wide variety of people, to communicate with people whose first language is not English, to receive and give information efficiently, and to keep records of conversations.
  • Be given your own projects to work on – you will learn how to manage and organise your workload, and to set and work to deadlines.
  • As required, perform office tasks to support the work of the Regional Organisers – including printing, photocopying, making up information packs, giving IT support.
  • Assist with any other ad hoc exercises.
  • Contribute pro-actively to all aspects of HOST’s work.
  • Assist with some basic marketing support, including research and mail-outs

 Required Skills:

  • A strong grasp of written and spoken English is essential.
  • Basic to good knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel and Word.

 Desirable Skills:

  • Time management
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people of different backgrounds
  • Comfortable working both alone and as part of a small team

 Recruitment Method:

CV and interviews. Immediate start following a successful interview. Interview date: 25th May

To apply, please send your CV and Covering Letter to Susie on

Volunteer Trustees

HOST’s Board of Governors consists of 6 dedicated volunteers who work very hard to keep the show on the road.  

We are not actively seeking new Trustees at the moment, but we are always happy to hear from people who are interested in offering this particular kind of help.

Volunteer Student Ambassador

Volunteer position: HOST Student Ambassador

Purpose of volunteer’s work: To promote HOST to students within own institution

Reports to: Student Programme Coordinator


HOST welcomes international students in the UK. HOST is a voluntary organisation, a network of UK residents who welcome adult international students to their homes for a weekend, or Christmas, visit. The purpose is to give students an insight into the way of life inBritain. Students also share their own culture with their hosts. By helping students far from home to feel welcome in the UK, HOST contributes to international friendship and goodwill.



The main aim of the role is to help promote HOST within your university. The ambassador will gain experience working for a small but growing charity. They will also find out about HOST as an organisation and learn more about international students and their life in the UK. The role is an opportunity not only become involved move involved in your university life, but to improve social skills, improve promotional and inter-social skills, and to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures, making you a more flexible and understanding person.



  • Promoting HOST within international student societies with the aim of diversifying student applications.
  • Distribution of publicity material
  • Attending Orientation and Freshers’ events as required.
  • Any other tasks that might come up from time to time.



  • 1-2 hours a week
  • Orientation events may require full day or half day attendance


Please note this role is available to those who have previously experienced a HOST visit. For more information, please contact Katie.


Contact us

HOST UK, Sylvia Adams House, 24 The Common, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0NB


Tel: 0207 739 6292


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