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Our latest recruits

MonikaStrell.jpgMonika Strell is our new Regional Organiser for North Scotland, Highlands and Islands.

Monika is originally from Austria, and studied and worked in various countries before settling in the NW Highlands with her partner and young son. So she has experience of being a stranger in a foreign land. The family enjoy welcoming international guests, and taking them out to discover the  mountains, lochs and beaches; or to go  foraging, star gazing, or Geocaching,..

Monika says she is really excited about linking international students with other hosts in beautiful Scotland!


RicharRichardSim.jpgd Sim has joined us as the Regional Organiser for Central and South Scotland. Richard has been involved with hosting international students from HOST for some years already.



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 Kent
  • Regional Organiser for Devon

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.

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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