Parents: Save Bucketloads This Summer by Hosting a Cambio for Your Kids
Ah, the summer holidays. When the family is all together, the sun is shining, and the days are warm and long. And the wallets are feeling pretty empty…
Having your kids at home over the summer is a welcome change, but if you’re a working parent then it can also be tough. You need to make sure they are occupied constantly, either in childcare, or with activities – music, sports, arts and crafts, reading – you name it. And while there’s always the TV and computer, kids need some time away from technology being outdoors and being creative.
Unfortunately, this often means paying a lot of money. Childcare in most parts of the world, especially the UK, is very expensive. So is taking time off work to stay home and take care of your kids. And so is finding summer schools or extra-curricular activities for them to do.
Having your kids at home over the summer costs you a lot of money.
But a cambio is completely free.
Not only will a cambio keep your kids occupied, give you time to do what you want to do, and enable your kids to take part in fun activities at home, it doesn’t cost a cent.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t. Here a few things you’ll save on by doing a cambio this summer.
The Cost of Childcare
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Having an extra person in the house means more time for you to work or do the things that you need to get done. You could ask your cambio guest to take care of your kids for a couple of hours while you pop to the grocery store, grab some lunch with friends, or enjoy dinner out with your partner.
The skill exchange doesn’t have to be academic tuition or a music lesson, it can be as simple as entertaining your kids with some simple games and activities while you’re out of the house.
How about inviting a guest with talent in the kitchen to whip up some meals for you? As part of the skill exchange your guest can show the kids how to prepare simple meals so that they can make their own dinner every night. Your summer holidays will never be more productive!
You won’t need to spend as much on childcare and you’ll free up time for your own plans. Just make sure that you check your guest’s references before their arrival to make sure that they have experience taking care of children and are reliable.
Martina is a medical student from Italy who is keen to look after your kids and do a spot of housework and cooking if needed.
Liyana is originally from Malaysia but currently lives in Germany. She’s a swimming instructor and babysitter, so she’s got a lot of experience working with children. She’s even a life saver with CPR qualifications so you know your kids will be in safe hands.
The Cost of Extra-Curricular Activities
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Forget the expensive summer schools and workshops; invite a skilled traveller into your home and have them occupy your kids for a couple of hours each day teaching them what they know.
If you start organising now, you could host several cambios over the summer period. For example, you could kick things off with a traveller who plays guitar, followed by another who knows how to paint, and then round things up with a traveller with babysitting experience so that you get some time to yourself.
You won’t need to cough up a fortune on expensive language, music or sports lessons and your children will benefit from the one-on-one, hands-on style of learning.
You can even join in on the fun and pick up a new skill that the whole family can practice even after your guest is gone.
Ana can teach your kids some Spanish, her native language, as well as engage them in some fun sports or dance activities.
Joshua is a British student who’ll help your academic young ones improve their chess games – he plays to an international standard.
If your kids are more artistically-inclined, Derick has a lifetime’s worth of creativity to share in helping them with drawing, sculpture or painting. He’s also a professional English teacher.
The Cost of Language Lessons for Your Upcoming Holiday
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Maybe you don’t need a nanny and you prefer to organise your kids’ extra-curricular activities yourself. How about hosting someone who can teach your kids another language, such as French or Spanish?
If you’re travelling overseas on a family holiday this summer, a cambio is a great way to help your kids learn some useful phrases to use at restaurants, train stations and hotels.
We’ve got thousands of guests with a range of language backgrounds with experience teaching children, so simply search for the language of your choice to find a traveller suitable for your family. Heading to Japan? We’ve got you covered. How about Italy? No problem.
French guest Myriam is willing to help your kids learn her language and culture. She’s also willing to help out around the house with cooking and babysitting if needed.
How it works
Doing a cambio is completely free and works on the premise of a two-way exchange. You as the host offer a bed and meals to your guest. In return for your hospitality, they will offer 2 hours of their time each day to help you (or in this case, your kids) develop a language or skill.
The first step is to connect with a GoCambio guest via the GoCambio website, discuss your needs and their references and experience, and arrange the dates for your cambio. You can find further information about how it all works here and you’ll find some more specific information about being a GoCambio host on our FAQs for Hosts page.
Obviously you want to ensure that you are inviting someone trustworthy into your home, and this is even more important when you have young children. At GoCambio, we understand that safety is a priority for our members, and that’s why we recommend that you take a number of steps before arranging your cambio to ensure that everything goes smoothly, including arranging Skype calls with your guest.
Read our Cambio Safety Tips for Hosts for further information.
How do I sign up?
The summer holidays may seem far off now but it won’t be long until they are right around the corner, so it’s best you get organised sooner rather than later! Create your own unique profile on GoCambio and start connecting with guests with the skills that you’d like your children to develop.
Is a cambio just for my kids?
No way! A cambio is for people of all ages. As long as you love meeting new people, are open to other cultures and are willing to put your mind to learning something new in a fun and interactive way, a cambio is for you. Your guest can share their language or skill with your kids, with you, or with the entire family – you decide!
In this post we talked about the financial savings of a cambio for you as a parent, but there are plenty of other benefits of being a GoCambio host. Find out more.
About the Author: Clarissa Hirst is GoCambio’s Content Manager. A born-and-bred Australian, Clarissa currently calls Sweden home. She’s travelled to over 40 countries, loves learning foreign languages, and her passion is inspiring others to learn about and explore the world around them. She hopes to one day speak fluent Russian and ride the Trans-Siberian railway. You can learn more about Clarissa on Twitter!
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