Part of the family
May 28, 2024

We recently spoke to Jean and Ken in Powys about a wonderful friendship they have formed with a Chinese student who first visited them over ten years ago.

Memories that last a lifetime
April 16, 2024

“Memorable, deeply educational, profoundly moving, outstanding and rejuvenating” – these are just a few words that Yelena, a University of Reading student, used to describe her Easter HOST UK stay with Amanda and Mick in Hampshire.

How hosting led Jane to a champagne cruise in Paris
January 25, 2024

Jane lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and registered as an EIL host in 2020. She heard of the organisation through the language department at the high school where she worked. Her first visitors, a Japanese brother and sister, arrived before the Covid pandemic lockdown. Since then she has welcomed six other guests, usually students. We asked Jane to tell us about the friendship she has enjoyed with Risa from Tokyo…

Retirement beckons after 10 years
November 30, 2023

Over the ten years they hosted, Sue and Kit lost count of the number of international university students they welcomed to their home in Hertfordshire. They worked out it was probably between 30 and 40. The decision to retire from hosting has reminded them of how much they have enjoyed hosting for HOST UK. They chatted to EIL recently and shared a few highlights. Sue remembers that “one student had never seen a swing before”…

A two-year journey from Italy to Coventry
November 21, 2023

High school student Ludovica was 16 years old when she left her home on a small island in Campania (Italy) to start her six-month School Cultural Exchange programme. The experience of living with a host family in Worcester and studying at Christopher Whitehead Language College changed not just Ludovica herself, but the whole direction of her life, bringing her back to the UK…