A CALL has gone out for families in York to welcome international students into their homes.

Pippa’s Guardians provides guardianship services to overseas pupils who are studying at boarding schools across the country, including those in York and North Yorkshire.

When their school closes for half-term holidays and certain weekends, they need a host family who will provide a home away from home.

Families who have participated say it has been both rewarding and enjoyable experience, as well as an opportunity to really make a difference to a student studying in the UK, many of whom are far from home.

Katherina and Alex Curzon who live in York, have been hosting international students since 2016, and most recently cared for a student from Queen Margaret’s School in York.

“We still keep in touch with Cindy, she is one in a million," said Katherina.

Ben Hughes, managing director of Pippa’s Guardians, said: “The families we look for are welcoming and are interested in other cultures.

"Having children of similar ages helps but isn’t the most important thing as we have many successful host families who have no children, younger children or indeed older children who have left home.

"Internet access is very important, and each student will need their own bedroom with a desk or somewhere quiet for homework. Being part of a family and experiencing day-to-day family life enhances students’ study and plays a part in improving their English language.”

Anyone interested in hosting a student from a school in York should contact hostfamilies@pippasguardians.co.uk