'I've enjoyed having young people back in the house'
Published 27/06/2014 | 02:30
Louise Burke started taking in students this year and says she absolutely loves it.
Having been made redundant from her job, she now works part-time, but says she needed some extra income and with her own children grown up and gone, had plenty of space in her Glenageary home.
She first took in the friend of a friend back in January and found the experience so positive she registered and was approved by the Language in Dublin school in Dun Laoghaire.
Since then, she's taken in students two at a time for a week each, all aged from 15 to 18 from Spain, Italy and Austria.
While she was nervous at first about hosting unknown teenagers, Louise says it's proven wonderful and she's still in touch with all of them by email.
The students are out all day at their language course and activities, so she provides breakfast, a packed lunch and a good dinner each evening, with good Wi-Fi the other must-have.
Unlike many Irish teenagers, none of the students drink, so she's been spared any late-night problems. "I've found the whole thing extremely positive. Even aside from the extra income, it's been really enjoyable having these young people around the house," says Louise.