In 1993, some University of Reading students asked an alumni family who had recently returned from teaching English overseas, to help them book coaches to take international students on day trips to local places of interest. Together they discovered a small family bus company in Caversham who were delighted to oblige and were flexible with the bookings!
Fortnightly trips during term time were then arranged and since then Focus International took many students (sometimes 3 coaches at one trip) from Cadbury’s World Birmingham in the north, to the Isle of Wight in the south, to Cardiff in the west and London and Cambridge to the east. Later, in addition to trips, Focus International students and friends arranged cultural evenings, coffee mornings, Sunday teas and English classes for mothers and toddlers, even holidays!
During this time Focus International joined forces with International Friends to become International Focus. More recently, part of the student team set up Small World Café as a further way of extending friendship to international students. The café now runs every Friday evening in partnership with the Christian Union International Team at Reading University. We still run trips, usually on a monthly basis. Check out our programme!