Work With Us

Our latest recruits

Linda Hellyer is our new Regional Organiser for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Linda first joined HOST as a volunteer host with her family. She has a number of years' experience in the education sector.


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.


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:

  • Mid and West Wales
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • 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. 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 to become more involved in your university life, but to improve social and promotional 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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