Short-term Host - Cultural Exchange Christmas

Give the gift of Christmas! Hundreds of adult international students studying in the UK will be facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted University campus. You can welcome one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas...from the 24th to 27th December, learn about their culture, show them your local area and traditions, and invite them to experience your own home life.

Volunteer hosts invite students to visit for a few days at Christmas 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 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 on your sofa, get in touch with HOST.

Hosting is also available during weekends throughout the year.

Minimum of four days (24th December evening to 27th December morning/afternoon)


No particular skills, just an interest in people and other cultures and countries.


  • Accessibility
    Dependent on volunteer's own home
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Yes (Hosts can claim a limited amount from our hospitality fund)
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    From Regional Organiser
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
    By Regional Organiser
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Volunteer covered by own home insurance and public liability insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 09/12/2016

End Date: 07/12/2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Evening Yes No No No No Yes Yes


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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