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Our latest recruits

Carolyn Bryan is our new Regional Organiser for Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience teaching in junior schools where, in addition to teaching, she would regularly organise outings and holidays. Carolyn and her husband Tony have been hosting since 2015. They enjoy cooking with the students and showing them the local area.  


Yvonne Clark-Salt is our new Regional Organiser for Surrey.

Yvonne has an extensive range of qualifications from a DPhil in Human Geography to an MA in Fine Arts to an MA in Applied Linguistics. Yvonne has taught all over the world including Mexico, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and the U.K.


Tina Mgbachi is our new Regional Organiser for Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Tina worked for the British Council in Nigeria for 17 years, where she managed various educational programmes, including the British Chevening scholarship programme. Tina has a real passion for education and has been fully involved in international students’ recruitment since 2008.


Lorna Westwood is our new Regional Organiser for Oxfordshire. 

Lorna runs her own business and has worked for various hospital specialists. Lorna sings in a choir and is on the choir committee.


Finance Officer

Salary:  £22,000 to £26,000 (pro rata) depending on experience


HOST is seeking to recruit a Finance Officer to work part time (14 hours per week). Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will be responsible for the completion of a variety of monthly tasks to facilitate the preparation of monthly management accounts. These tasks include all reconciliations and journal postings. You must have some administrative experience.  You must be fully conversant with Sage Line 50.


The role also involves acting as a Finance contact to HOST’s clients and volunteers, providing finance support and answering finance related queries, as appropriate. You will be able to multi task, prioritise and plan your work. Excellent IT skills are required along with good time management skills. Excellent organisational and communication skills are required for this role.


If you are interested in applying for this role and feel you have the desired skills and experience, please download the documents and complete and return the application and monitoring form to Susie Alemayehu (


This is an e-application process because all post-holders are expected to be familiar with ICT. You are able to download the required documents below.




The application process:

We would ask you to return the application form and monitoring information by attaching them to an e-mail as word documents.


The deadline is Wednesday 14th September 2016. We can only accept forms electronically.

Application forms will be short-listed without identifying details, to ensure equality of opportunity.


Short-listing will be done by scoring applications against the person specification. We will e-mail the short-listed candidates, inviting them to attend an interview on Tuesday 20th September 2016. A short in-tray test will be conducted – this will not take more than 1.5 hours.


Please indicate on the application form if you may have problems attending the interview. If invited for interview, you should confirm that you can attend at the time given or contact us immediately if you cannot.


Applicants not shortlisted will NOT be contacted.


The interview will consist of an interview and an in-tray test. The interview panel will consist of two people, each of whom will ask a series of pro-forma questions. You will be scored on your reply and selection will also be based on your test results.


We would contact the successful candidate by telephone and/or email. Formal feedback will be available in the week commencing 24th October 2011; please ask if you require it.



Start date:

We would hope that the successful candidate will start on or before 24th October 2016.


Tips for completing the form:

  • When you are telling us about your experience, please refer to the person specification in detail – we will be scoring you against these attributes in order to decide whether to shortlist you.
  • We would like you to give brief examples of your experience so that we can understand what you’ve done before.
  • You may have had a range of experience outside your working life, such as family responsibilities, volunteering or community involvement. Please feel free to use these as examples.
  • Please expand any of the sections on the form to suit your reply, keeping your answers concise and making the relevant points clearly.


Please note that unless you complete this section in full, you will not be considered for interview.


Leave to work in the UK:

You should ensure that if you require a work permit to take a job in the UKthat you have it, before you apply for this job. We would not consider any application if the applicant does not have permission to take employment in theUK on the date the application. Such applicants must also have valid leave to remain (and take employment) in theUK and permission to work.


Information about HOST UK:

HOST UK was registered as aCompany Limited by Guarantee and aCharity in 1987 with the support of The Foreign Office, The BritishCouncil and The Victoria League. Since then HOST UK has been funded to varying degrees by The Foreign Office, HE and FE Institutions and other donors. Approximately half of our income is earned through institutions such as Universities, subscribing to our programme and paying some or all of the fee to send their international students on a HOST visit.


We have a small team of staff at our office in Hatfield and around 30 volunteer Regional Organisers nationwide who each manage between 30 and 80 volunteer host homes.


For more information about HOST UK, please see our website at 



If you have any queries please address this to and it will be dealt with as appropriate.



If you have any complaints about the selection procedure during or afterwards, please contact Susie Alemayehu, Chief Executive at the HOST office or email (Complaints cannot be dealt with until after 1st December 2016).


Download :

Application form

Monitoring form

Job description

Person specification

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:

  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Mid and West Wales
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire

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. Deadline to apply: midday, 30th August 2016. Candidates will ideally start in early September following a successful interview.

To apply, please send your CV and Covering Letter to Megan 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: Programme and Volunteer 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 in Britain. 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 Megan.


Contact us

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


Tel: 0207 739 6292


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