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New Year Honour

We are delighted to announce that Margaret Stevens   has been awarded the British Empire Medal ‘for services to international students in the UK.’

Margaret  first became the Regional Organiser for HOST in Cornwall in 1990. Since then she has also looked after many other regions on a temporary basis. Over the past 24 years she has arranged invitations for a few thousand students.

For the last 17 years Margaret has also been HOST’s Public Relations Officer, amongst other things helping to recruit 100’s of hosts.

The BEM was revived in the Queen’s Jubilee year, to honour those who have made a sustained contribution in the voluntary sector. ‘I am very pleased,’ says Margaret, ‘that the citation on this award includes the words ‘Volunteer Regional Organiser, HOST’—this is recognition for the work we do.’

Recent host gathering in North Wales
There were plenty of students at the recent gathering for hosts in North Wales.
Jing Wang, our new Regional Organiser for Oxfordshire, made good use of her Notebook when meeting some of her hosts at a tea party in the garden of Margaret and Neil Hancox.
Jing said afterwards:'I am so touched that everyone has some amazing story to tell about a hosting experience. I am quite sure I have made the right choice to volunteer for HOST.'

2012 HOST UK Survey Results

This survey was conducted by Jill Gunter, to whom we are most grateful for the many hours of her time and expertise. Please see below for individual reports.


Wednesday 26th September: China Trek

Support HOST by walking the Great Wall of China in April 2013! To find out more about this 10 day adventure from, please click here.

Wednesday 21st November - Host in The Independent

On the 21st November, HOST was featured in an article on The Independent website: "HOST UK is Helping Foreign Students Combat the Loneliness of the Christmas Holiday". The following day, Thursday 22nd November, saw an extended version of the article in the printed copy of the newspaper. For the online version, please click here.

Wednesday 14th September: Bring & Share Lunch and BBQ

Hosts in Hertfordshire, North London, Essex and Hampshire celebrated 25 years of HOST with BBQs and Bring & Share Lunches. Read about them here.

Saturday 4th August: North Wales Hosts Party

Hosts in North Wales celebrate 25 years of HOST, take a look at the North Wales Party Article here.

Friday 1st June, Leighton Buzzard Observer Article

Please take a look at Leighton Buzzard Observer's article on Trina's walk, here

Tuesday 22nd May

Congratulations! Trina on completing your Towpath walk to raise money. It is not too late to donate towards Trina's efforts, here


Trina's Towpath Talk

Keep up-to-date with Trina's journey to raise money for HOST UK by her daily blog, here.

Trina Golland's Towpath Walk

Trina Golland, a host and one of HOST's Trustees, will be celebrating HOST's 25th Anniversary with a Towpath walk to raise money. For more information, an itinerary, and how to support, please click the picture below.


Conference 2012 Photographs

As you may already know, last month HOST held it's 25th Anniversary Conference. The weekend conisted of workshops, lectures and a bit of evening dancing. Many volunteers across the country work for HOST, so this was an excellent opportunity to gather, meet one another and advance the work of HOST. Some fantastic photos were taken and can be seen as a slideshow here.

HOST 25th Anniversary Conference

On the weekend of the 21st July 2012, HOST held it's 25th Anniversary Conference where Regional Organisers, Trustees and Staff gathered to discuss HOST and make plans for the future. Read the Conference Article here.