Do you have a spare room in your home? Do you live near good bus routes? Would you like to learn about the culture of other countries and earn some extra cash, tax-free, at the same time? Here’s your chance!
The Erasmus+ programme offers young people across Europe the chance to live and work in another culture to improve their language skills and develop a wider perspective. We at Light on the Path create packages in Greater Glasgow for them to make use of this opportunity. The young people we host also benefit from the deeper cultural experience of host families, so we are always open to find new host families for them. The experience is enriching not only for the young people but also for the host families who often stay in touch with their guests long after they go home. If you have a spare room and a welcoming spirit and live near good transport links, read on!
In the video below, meet two of our host families who share their experience of hosting interns.
Who are the interns and what are they like?
The interns you host would be students, graduates or apprentices gaining work experience at the same time as practising their English and getting to know a new culture. The internships range from 2 weeks to 5 months, with four weeks being the most common. While they are here, the young people work, sometimes take part in English courses, and make the most of the cultural activities available to them, so they are out all day and often at the weekends. They are generally over 18 and quite independent. They have stories to tell and bring extra life to your home with little effort for you. As a host family, you are their anchor in the local community and you can get to know them over breakfast and dinner and give them tips and a caring home. You can share your experience and love of your city and learn about theirs, and you’re likely to stay in touch after they go home.
You can also read a blog about the experience of getting back to hosting here.
What’s in it for me?
- Some extra cash, tax-free with the Government’s Rent a Room Scheme up to £7500 per year
- Learning about a different culture
- Meeting new people
- Less hassle and cleaning than Air BnB
What do I have to do?
- Welcome a young person person into your home
- Offer homely accommodation
- Provide two meals a day – breakfast and dinner (with some flexibility)
What do I need to do now?
We look forward to welcoming you to our Light on the Path family!