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Project information

Welcome an African Student

Thousands of African students are studying in UK and many can feel lonely and isolated. This project enables African students to spend 2-3 days over a weekend or at Christmas in the warmth of a British home.

January 2011 - January 2012

Charity information: HOST UK

HOST UK logo
  • Need


    Weekends and Christmas can be very lonely times for foreign students in UK. They often spend the time alone in their student accommodation when the rest of the country is with family and friends.


    HOST UK gives students the opportunity to spend a weekend with voluntary hosts who volunteer to invite one or two students into their home. This enables the students to feel welcome and appreciated, experience British culture at first-hand and make friends with people they would not normally meet.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bridge the gap between African students at UK colleges and universities and the residents of UK.


    » To arrange a weekend or Christmas homestay in a British home for African students.

    What success will look like

    Success will be African students will meet British residents in the wider community and learn about British life and culture. British hosts will learn more about life in Africa.

  • Impact


    Students will return to their home countries with changed attitudes and more positive feelings about their period in UK. UK hosts will understand more about life and culture in Africa. Success can be demonstrated by the feedback from both students and hosts and by the lifelong friendships which can result.


    A risk can be that a student or a host have differing expectations. We have dealt with this risk by visiting each volunteer host and explaining the aims of the programme in detail. In addition colleges and universities verify that the applicant is a bona fide student and they pass our literature on to the student. We also actively encourage student and host to communicate by email before the visit in order to learn a little about the other party.


    Funders will receive a quarterly report on the project, detailing the number of students who have had HOST visits. They will also receive a selection of feedback reports from both student and host.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 admin staffing, explanatory leaflets, office costs
  • Background


    Hosts are located throughout UK.


    African students will benefit as their stay in UK will be greatly enhanced and they will receive a warm welcome in a British home. This add-on value to their stay in UK will mean they will return home with more positive feelings about UK. This will be important to UK as a whole when the students achieve positions of influence in their own countries. British hosts will also benefit as their understanding and knowledge of parts of Africa will be heightened.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HOST is the only charity which welcomes students into homes on a national level. HOST has more than 20 years' experience in bridging the gap between international students and 'real' people in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Susie Alemayehu

    Susie is the Chief Executive of HOST and has worked for the charity for 11 years.

    70 Hosts

    These people will welcome African students into their homes and show them a little of British life and culture.