London based charity Host UK is seeking families and couples willing to invite an international student to stay this Christmas.
Spokeswoman Margaret Stevens told the Slough Times:-
There are adult international students at UK universities who will
be spending Christmas alone. They would love to discover what Christmas is like
in a British home. Having a visitor from another part of the world will add
interest to your festivities, possibly help to keep the peace when the family
comes together, or if you are alone too, may give you a reason to 'do Christmas
Invitations are arranged through HOST, a well-established charity,
whose local organisers aim to make a good match between student guests and
volunteer hosts. If you live near a university, your visitor may come just for
the day. Many students are happy to travel to spend 2 or 3 days with their
Please see www.hostuk.org
or call HOST on 020-7739 6292 to be put in touch with your area organiser.
If you are not available at Christmas, but would like to welcome
an international student to your home, HOST arranges visits throughout the
Host UK matches students to volunteer families and couples to ensure everything goes happily and smoothly.
Masato a Japanese student at Kings College, London said:-
I was glad to have a chance to share a real 'family' celebration
of Christmas at home and see my kind hosts involvement in the Christmas service
at church with bell ringing. These experiences are really rare to observe otherwise.
I am truly grateful to both HOST and the family who welcomed me for Christmas.
Without this kind of programme, my understanding of the UK and its people and culture
would be much shallower.
and Yu-San, a Taiwanese student at the University of the Arts in High Holborn, London said:-
First time experience traditional Christmas, discovering how people
celebrate, the songs they sing, the moments they share. Moreover, building on the
experience from our host family and their friends, we have a much better
understanding of British culture. It was great. Thank you.