Project information

British hosts welcome students from Middle East

In the present climate of mutual distrust, enabling more Middle Eastern students to take advantage of the HOST programme will encourage friendship and cultural exchange and foster mutual understanding and appreciation.

January 2016 - October 2016

Charity information


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  • Need


    HOST visits are provided free of charge by volunteer hosts, but HOST has to charge an administration fee. We are aware that the relatively low take-up by students from the Middle East is due to their inability to afford the application fee. We currently have no sponsors offering to support the applications of students from that part of the world.


    If we had funding to cover the administrative costs, we would be able to offer all the benefits of a home visit to students from these specific countries. This would encourage more students to apply, and would enable both students and their hosts to act as ambassadors for all that is good in their respective cultures.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Welcome UK university students from the Middle East for cultural exchange and mutual understanding.


    » Promote HOST to students from the target countries at UK universities.
    » Link the students with some of HOST’s volunteer host families across the UK.
    » Arrange for each student to spend a weekend as a guest of the host family
    » Encourage hosts and their guests to report back on the usefulness of the visit, and to stay in touch with one another.

    The number of visits arranged and the feedback from those visits will indicate success.

  • Impact


    Enabling our hosts opportunities to meet students from the Middle East, we hope they will come to appreciate the people and their culture. If these hosts then ask to have more Middle Eastern guests, this will be a sign of success.
    After their visits, HOST students of all nationalities frequently report changed attitudes towards Britain; and many hosts tell us of long-term ongoing contact with their guests, repeat visits, and even meeting them in their home countries, sometimes years later.


    Some of our hosts are wary about hosting Middle Eastern students, particularly males. So the risk is that we will have difficulty finding invitations for a significantly higher number of applicants. By announcing this to all our hosts as a ‘special project’ we would expect – based on previous experience of special projects – to raise a good response from many who will ‘see the point’ and want to be part of it.


    Stats will be provided for all the visits which took place, broken down by student country of origin, universities involved and host locality in the UK. Additionally, we will provide feedback from all visits, and any evidence of repeat visits and ongoing relations between hosts and their guests.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,650

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,650 Administration fee For arranging HOST visits for 50 students at £93 per visit
  • Background


    Our volunteer hosts come from all walks of life and live in every part of the UK. The majority live in the smaller towns and villages, where it is much less usual to meet people of Middle Eastern origin, or of the Muslim faith.


    The hosts and local community will get to know their guests as individuals, and learn about their culture.
    The students, will be able to explore other parts of Britain and gain an understanding of the way of life in ordinary homes and communities.
    Some Middle Eastern students bring partners and children to the UK. Wives, especially, can find it difficult to relate to local people, so they will benefit greatly from making friends with a local host.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HOST is the only national organisation which has been organising successful cultural exchange visits for 28 years , since it was set up by the British Council, Victoria League, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Staff - S. Alemayehu And Kimberley Brough

    HOST staff member responsible for promoting HOST to students in the universities and who allocates applicants to the regions.

    Volunteer Regional Organiser

    Who finds a suitable invitation with a host in their region.

    Volunteer Host

    Who welcomes the student to their home.