Charity Host, founded 29 years ago by the British Council, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Victoria League, is encouraging UK families to offer up their home for one to four days to foreign students this Christmas.
Many adult international students from across the world would love to spend a few days with a British family, learning about British culture, experiencing UK home-life, and telling them about their own country.
A Christmas invitation is particularly valuable to students facing a holiday on an empty university campus. Japanese student, Mamiko Moda, wrote, ‘Thanks to my hosts and their kindness, I could spend a nice Christmas here instead of staying at home alone. I am grateful to you all’ (more information from www.hostuk.org).