Work With Us

Our latest recruits

TerriKelly.jpgTerri Kelly is our new Regional Organiser for Devon.

Terri was formerly a Senior Education Adviser for the Department for International Development and, before that, worked in several Higher Education institutions in the UK. She has worked in numerous countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.







MarcusChambers.JPG Marcus Chambers is our new Regional Organiser for Dorset.

Marcus is a Biologist and has worked in 75 countries, including Cambodia, where he volunteered with his wife for two years, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. Marcus has also been a host since 2011.

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 Bristol and Avon
  • Regional Organiser for Shropshire
  • Regional Organiser for Kent
  • Regional Organiser for Surrey and South London
  • Regional Organiser for Staffordshire and Derbyshire
  • Regional Organiser for Norfolk

Volunteer hosts


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:

Internship at HOST was a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain office experience. As a small charity it provides an ideal environment for interns 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 Administration Intern Oct 2013 - Mar 2014

My internship 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 Administration Intern Oct 2013 - Mar 2014

Current vacancies

Voluntary Administration Internship

(Please note that this is an unpaid position)

HOST UK is looking for an administration intern to work in our central London office as soon as possible. We would like to give suitable candidates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in administration whilst helping our organisation thrive.


Title: Voluntary Administration Intern

Role Description

Working in the HOST office, you will:

  • Be available for 3-5 days a week (Monday to Friday) for 3 to 6 months from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (with a half-hour lunch break).
  • Have your expenses and lunch allowance paid (travel covered is a maximum of the cost of Oyster travel in London Zones 1-5).
  • Support the CE and staff members with all administrative tasks such as replying to queries, updating information on the database, updating boards – 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. Deadline to apply: midday, 14th August 2015. Interviews will be held during the following week, with the candidates ideally starting as soon as possible.

To apply, please send your CV and Covering Letter to Katie 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 seeking to appoint two or three additional (voluntary) Trustees to broaden our influence and skills mix.

We are looking for dynamic and motivated people who sympathise with the aims of the organisation and who can give commitment and time to help us grow. We need people who have strategic vision and strong leadership skills who will be willing to represent the organisation as appropriate.   In order to balance the skills mix of the board we would particularly welcome people who have experience of working at a senior level in Fundraising, Marketing, PR or Finance.

The Trustee Board meets four times a year, usually in London.

If you are interested in knowing more about becoming a Trustee, please write to the Chairman, Mark Pellew (, indicating briefly your experience and reasons for your interest by 16 March 2015.

Marketing and Fundraising Research Volunteer

HOST is looking for a Marketing and Fundraising Research Volunteer to work in our central London office from the beginning of September 2015. We would like to offer the opportunity to help a small national charity raise much needed funds, therefore helping it continue to promote international friendship and cultural exchange.

Title: Marketing and Fundraising Research Volunteer


Role Description


The Marketing and Fundraising Research Volunteer will be required to assist HOST’s Chief Executive in researching and recommending suitable Trusts and Foundations for HOST to apply to for funding. The volunteer will also be responsible for researching other forms of fundraising, in agreement with the Chief Executive, and assisting the Deputy Chief Executive with occasional marketing research.


The role can be office-based or home-based, but the volunteer must be available to come in to HOST’s central London office on occasion, including for an induction day. As the work is project-based, the suitable candidate will be flexible and able to work more during certain period, and less at other times.


Please note that this is an unpaid position, but HOST will cover reasonable expenses rising from the work, including travel into the office (travel covered is a maximum of the cost of Oyster travel in London Zones 1-5) and lunch.


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
  • Comfortable working both alone and as part of a small team
  • Some fundraising experience
  • Research skills


Start date: 1st September 2015, or soon after. No later than 7th September 2015.


Recruitment Method:

CV, informal discussion. 

To apply, please contact Kim.

Contact us

Unit K106, The Biscuit Factory, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, Southwark, London, SE16 4DG


Tel: 0207 739 6292


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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.