Interested in other cultures? Free at the weekend? How about hosting an international student and showing off Oxford!

What is the role: Hosts for cultural exchange days and weekends      Host 1.jpg

Who for:  HOST

When: On weekends all year round (you can pick and choose which weekends you host on – you only have to commit to the minimum of one day)

Where:  Home Based role

What is involved: Make the world a little friendlier! Spend a day or a weekend with an adult international student in your home, learning about their culture, showing them your local area and inviting them to experience your own home life.

Volunteer hosts invite students to stay so the student can experience ‘real’ Britain, away from university and heavy tourism, and so the host can meet new people and learn about diverse cultures from around the world.

Choose how often you host, how many people you invite (individuals, pairs or families) and if you would like to meet someone from a specific country. Students and hosts will be matched on interests and availability by a Regional Organiser (RO) who will also help you sign up.

There are no specific expectations from a host visit, other than the student should be made to feel part of your family for the short time. Hosts can show their local area, visit friends, attend local events, or just spend time chatting. This is not a tourism opportunity for the student and hosts are not expected to act as ‘tour-guides’.

So, if you’d like to enjoy an unusual and rewarding activity, meet new people and travel the world from your sofa, get in touch with HOST.

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Why you should sign up: Hosting international students is an excellent way to travel the world from your sofa and learn about different cultures and countries from the people who grew up in them.

Skills required: No particular skills are required for this role; just an interest in people, other cultures and countries.

Support available:

  • A limited amount can be claimed to cover expenses

As you are working with adults, a DBS check and references are NOT required. 

How to get involved: 

Contact HOST on 0207 7396 292 or info@hostuk.org