About HOST

Mission: To promote international friendship and understanding by welcoming international students as guests in British homes


Vision: A world more understanding and accepting of different cultures 

32270.jpgHOST UK’s purpose is to enable international students at British universities and colleges to be invited as a guest for a weekend or a day to a British home. Students thereby have the opportunity to experience British culture at first-hand. It is the only organisation which offers this across the UK on a voluntary basis.

The HOST UK programme is open to all international students in higher and further education in the UK who are at least 18 years old and have enrolled on a course of a minimum duration of 3 months. In 2015 alone, more than 3,000 students from over 100 countries requested a HOST visit.

HOST UK is run by a small office in Hatfield and supported by a network of voluntary Regional Organisers across the country with the collaboration of International Student Advisors in the academic institutions.

There are approximately 1500 volunteer hosts across the UK, with the majority offering invitations once or twice a year. Hosts report many benefits such as learning about countries never visited and the chance to introduce the family to people from other cultures.

HOST UK is a charitable organisation set up in 1987 by the British Council, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Victoria League. It is funded by subscriptions from the participating institutions and donations from grant-giving foundations.




The Office Staff

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Board of Trustees

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The Regional Organisers

HOST is very grateful to have a team of volunteer Regional Organisers (ROs) who link international students with the hosts in their regions. They give a lot of their free time to do this, and many of them are hosts as well.

Michael P & Sue Binns
North Yorkshire

Kerry Bloom

Sara Bano
East Midlands and Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire

Rosemary Cole

Lucia Dickinson

Looked after by HQ

Frances Good
Somerset and Wiltshire

Linda Hellyer
Herefordshire and Worcestershire & Gloucestershire

Maheen Mufti
Shropshire & West Midlands

Sallyann O'Neill
Norfolk and Suffolk

Ceris Owen
North Wales, Mid, South and West Wales

Anne Ramsden
South and West Yorkshire

Paul Ryall
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Richard Sim
Central and Southern Scotland

Sara Bano
Staffordshire & Derbyshire

Marie Songhurst
East Riding of Yorkshire

Margaret Stevens
Devon and Cornwall

Monika Strell
North Scotland, Highlands & Islands, North East

Mike and Mandy Talbott
Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire

Katherine Varden
Hampshire, Surrey & SW London

Looked after by HQ
Hertfordshire & N London

Peter Wildin
W. Cheshire, Merseyside, & W. Lancs & East Cheshire, Manchester and East Lancashire

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