We were approached by HOST which is a national charity founded in 1987 by the British Council, the Victoria League and the Foreign Office. They wished us to place an advert for them on our web site and in our Newsletter. The committee have agreed to this.
People come from all over the world to study at universities in the UK. Apart from gaining academic qualifications, they hope to immerse themselves in the life, language and culture of this country; only to find that the university is not the best place to achieve this. The ‘real Britain’ is found outside the campus, in towns and villages, and above all, in people’s homes. You can get to know what makes a country tick by chatting to the natives, cooking and eating with them, asking their views, and seeing their views when they take you to their favourite local places. And in sharing their own culture with their hosts, students can make their countries come alive too. Hosting a student for one weekend, or at Christmas, or just for a day, makes a personal and meaningful contribution to international understanding and goodwill. U3A members make ideal hosts! If you would like to know more, please visit www.hostuk.org, or call HOST’s local organiser Sandra Purrett on 01296 681625.
Hosting foreign students is a voluntary activity.