Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dutch nursing home offers free rent to students in exchange for work

It is not easy being a student at university.  Tuition costs are only part of the iceberg, the rest is food, books, housing, transportation. A Dutch nursing home has been running a program for the past few years to help students and their residents.

Read this article for more infomation and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
the golden years
positive social interactions
outside world in
 unstructured time
warm environment
social return on investment 

What is new about this project?
How much time does each student have to spend with the senior residents?
What would be more interesting for a student to do, attend a birthday party or unstructured time with the residents?
What are the advantages for the seniors?
What are the advantages for the students?
What are the disadvantages for the students?
Are there any disadvanages for the senior residents?
Would you go to live in a setup such as this? 
What lessons can the young people take away from living in such a place?
Have you ever visited an old age home? 
Have you ever volunteered at an old age home?
What lessons can young people learn from volunteer work? 
Is this the best way that senior citizen's lives be improved? 
Do you think that the students have enough time to prepare their schoolwork if they are volunteering at the old age home? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

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