In each location, HOST International seeks to have impact on three levels: Individual, community and global.

Work with individuals

We work with individuals to promote wellbeing and community integration. We have developed a specialised case management approach that seeks to empower individuals to respond constructively to displacement by developing internal coping strategies and assisting individuals to manage external stressors. We believe that people can overcome adversity with the right support and attitude and that organisations should focus on delivering support, tools and resources that empower self-reliance.

Our work primarily focuses on community integration into host communities. We believe effective community integration requires physical, social, cultural, psychological and economic integration and we measure our impact on this basis.

We work with individuals via case management and similar specialised client services.

Work with communities

We seek to create thriving and harmonious communities by working to create the conditions by which people affected by displacement can be integrated and valued. We believe that effective integration and self-reliance of individuals is not possible without the host community taking ownership and having resources to meet the needs of its own people.Our work with communities focuses on partnerships and co-design to ensure that we value local knowledge and experiences and ensure that our work is relevant and has maximum impact.

We have two specific universal programs that focus on community based outcomes:

  • The CandleLighters volunteer programme provides development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas. These opportunities are designed to enhance the capacity of overseas refugee host organisations that are closely aligned with the purpose, objectives and values of HOST International.
  • The Little Things project provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.

Work globally

There are over 63 million displaced people globally and available protection options are insufficient. We believe that global innovation is needed and that we have a role in driving incremental change and representing the voices of people on the move. New solutions are needed and we believe we can have an impact on this by investing in innovation and by contributing to global and regional forums.

HOST is a member of RCOA and APRRN and contributes to research and conference presentations where suitable. Our blog posts and social media also contribute to our public narrative.

    Australia

    HOST International in Australia is our Global Headquarters and primarily provides support to activities in other countries.

    However we also deliver services to support individual and community wellbeing and to create communities that are thriving and inclusive.

    We currently have offices in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Information about current projects is found below.

    OUR PROJECTS

    Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS)

    From 1st July 2019, HOST International will be funded by the Australian Government through the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) - Community Capacity Building (CCB) programme to deliver capacity building services to emerging migrant communities in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Little Things

    From little things, big things grow – that’s the philosophy of the Little Things project, which provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.
    What we do

    CandleLighters

    The CandleLighters volunteer program is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas.

    Regional Opportunities Australia

    Regional Opportunities Australia (ROA) is recently established to help migrants and refugees move from big cities to regional Australia and connect them with employment and business opportunities.

    Welcoming Australia

    HOST International has partnered with Welcoming Australia in a new initiative to support people seeking asylum living in Adelaide.
    New Zealand

    HOST International NZ delivers services to support individuals and communities who have resettled in New Zealand. We focus on independence building through vocational skills and resourcing communities to design solutions to needs within their local community.

    HOST NZ has a focus on building a positive understanding of migrants in NZ and promoting harmony with established communities. We also honour the treaty with the Maori community by engaging them in the design and implementation of programs to support newcomers to NZ.

    We bring our international expertise to engage local partners in the design and implementation of innovative settlement services that respond to local needs.

    OUR PROJECTS

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    Refugee Employment

    Linking refugees to labour shortages in the Asia Pacific. We believe that employment is critical in achieving self reliance and retaining a sense of dignity and hope.

    Global Talent

    The HOST Global Talent Internship Programme is a New Zealand-based initiative that aims to open employment opportunities and reduce barriers for tertiary-qualified refugee background candidates.

    Little Things

    From little things, big things grow – that’s the philosophy of the Little Things project, which provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.
    What we do

    CandleLighters

    The CandleLighters volunteer programme is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas.
    Indonesia

    HOST International Indonesia is focussed on supporting urban refugees to develop a positive future mindset and actively prepare for resettlement. This includes supporting refugees to live in harmony with local Indonesians and providing support to refugee communities to establish and maintain programs that support community wellbeing and vocational training.

    Our work in Indonesia is still developing and we currently operate in partnership with SUAKA, Roshan Learning Centre and HELP School.

    OUR PROJECTS

    Refugee Wellbeing Study

    HOST International has begun a research project in partnership with the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program at UNSW in Sydney and SUAKA in Jakarta with the aim to investigate the adaptation of refugees and asylum-seekers in environments of sustained displacement over a two-year period.

    Little Things

    From little things, big things grow – that’s the philosophy of the Little Things project, which provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.
    What we do

    CandleLighters

    The CandleLighters volunteer program is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas.
    Malaysia

    HOST International Malaysia is based in Kuala Lumpur and is focussed on providing independence building supports to urban refugees through vocational training, information and future focussed planning.

    We also work to support local, refugee led initiatives that focus on building resilience among individuals and displaced communities as well as building links to the local Malaysian community.

    OUR PROJECTS

    Recode Academy

    RECODE

    At RECODE, we believe that you should not be defined by your refugee status. Coding skills are assessed on actual ability rather than official qualifications, you do not need to go to university to become a coder.

    Little Things

    From little things, big things grow – that’s the philosophy of the Little Things project, which provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.
    What we do

    CandleLighters

    The CandleLighters volunteer programme is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas.
    Project Stand UP

    Project Stand Up

    Project Stand Up (PSU) is an initiative of students from refugee backgrounds in Malaysia who are seeking to solve gender equality problems, with a focus on breaking barriers to education for girls and young women.
    Thailand

    HOST International Thailand (Peaceway Foundation) is a Bangkok-based project that focusses on delivering community based protection and livelihoods activities in partnership with local partners and the Thai Government.

    Our current focus in Thailand is the implementation of alternatives to immigration detention and providing guidance on the establishment of community based monitoring of protected persons.

    HOST is also supporting vocational training programmes for urban refugees in the Greater Bangkok area.

    OUR PROJECTS

    Refugee Support Programme

    HOST International Thailand (Peaceway Foundation) is working on a case management programme focusing on refugee and asylum seeker children and their families that are recently released from immigration detention centres.

    Little Things

    From little things, big things grow – that’s the philosophy of the Little Things project, which provides small grants of $5,000 to under-resourced, grass-roots projects that make lives better for refugees around the world.
    What we do

    CandleLighters

    The CandleLighters volunteer programme is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas.