And what a good idea.
An assisted living community in The Netherlands, Humanitis Deventer, includes residential quarters for six college students in its buildings. In exchange for 30 hours of work every month, the students live free.
Gea Sijpkes, the head of Humanitis Deventer, developed the program and reports that it has been a great success. The community residents have much more to talk about when they see the young residents every day, and the students not only are saving money and learning new perspectives on life as seen from the view of prior generations, they simply enjoy their time with the older residents. It’s a resounding win-win for everyone involved.
Click here to listen to a podcast about the living arrangement on Radio National Australia, “Students in Dutch Retirement House Proving Win-Win.”