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Our latest recruits

MonikaStrell.jpgMonika Strell is our new Regional Organiser fot 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!



Cecilia Okereke lives in London and is acting as our Regional Organiser for SE London and Kent.

Cecilia has a degree in Law, is an  Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. and a certified International Events and Wedding Planning Professional. This bodes well for some good host parties in her region!

She also finds time to work at the London School of Economics, to be an Elder in her church, to have student lodgers from time to time, and to encourage her son to do his homework.








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 (Locum)
  • Regional Organiser for Central and Southern Scotland
  • Regional Organiser for Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Regional Organiser for Leicestershire and Northamptonshire
  • Regional Organiser for Staffordshire and Derbyshire

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

Administration Internship

HOST UK is looking for 2 Administration Interns to work in our central London office for February 2015. We would like to give suitable candidates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in administration whilst helping our organisation thrive.


Title: 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.

 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, 26th January 2015. Interviews will be held during the same week, with the candidates ideally starting on the 2nd February.

To apply please send your CV and Covering Letter to Vidushi


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