International Students and UK Hosts Welcome to HOST

New for 2020-21

Virtual Visits 2020-21: The new digital cultural exchange connects international students and hosts online. Apply now to add a Virtual Visit to your stay.

COVID-19 update: When restrictions ease and where possible, weekend breaks, day visits and festive stays will resume across the UK with extra health and safety in place. 

Open now for applications 2020-21: For more information about visits, stays and virtual visits, contact

New home for HOST UK: This summer HOST UK programmes and volunteers moved to a new home at the charity EIL UK.

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Hosts meet interesting, well-educated adults keen to talk about their own culture; look at their own country through other eyes; and have the pleasure of offering a worthwhile experience and a little home-from-home for a short time, to people far from their own families.



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HOST visits can be for a day, a weekend, or 3 days at Christmas. Their significance for  hosts and guests is much greater than their length suggests. So, why not meet each other, learn to understand one another, and make the world a kinder, friendlier, more welcoming place?





International Students

You can experience the way of life in the UK as the guest of one of our friendly approved hosts who live in many different parts of Britain.

HOST promotes international friendship and understanding by arranging for international students at British universities to meet UK residents in their homes.

Interested in hosting?

HOST is always looking for friendly volunteers who would like to welcome one or two international students to their home for a day, weekend or Christmas visit. You do not need to live near a university.

Support us

HOST UK is run by the charity EIL UK. Like all voluntary organisations, we rely on support from people who appreciate the value of what we do.  There are many ways to help us - from becoming a volunteer HOST UK host or Regional Organiser to making a one-off gift or regular donations. We value every pound and every hour donated. Thank you.  For further information click Read More below.

Work with us

We welcome volunteers and interns. To check vacancies at EIL UK, click Read More

The HOST Team

Meet the people who work for HOST

Contact us



17 Graham Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 2HR


Tel: 01684 562577


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