Tent for tu­ition

Bri­tish woman lets Mon­treal stu­dent camp in her yard in ex­change for lessons

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD - PEO­PLE

A Cana­dian stu­dent’s un­ortho­dox pitch to save money on his univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion is help­ing a Bri­tish woman to ob­tain her high school cre­den­tials.

Evan Eames’s master’s stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Manch­ester were set to cost the Mon­treal res­i­dent more than $30,000 in tu­ition fees alone, send­ing him on the hunt for fru­gal ac­com­mo­da­tions.

The avid camper thought pitch­ing a tent in some­one’s backyard would solve his prob­lem, and so he took to the In­ter­net in search of a land­lord.

He found one in Charley Man- tack, a Manch­ester res­i­dent who of­fered to let him pitch his tent on her prop­erty in ex­change for tu­tor­ing in math and science.

Eames spent about three hours a week help­ing her with her high school equiv­a­lency course work. Fi­nal exam re­sults are due next month, but Man­tack was post­ing A’s in her classes and ex­pects to grad­u­ate.

He said a bit of damp or cold con­di­tions was bal­anced by the fresh air and fun of do­ing some­thing a lit­tle out of the or­di­nary.

“It started out as mainly an eco­nomic func­tion, but very quickly it turned into some­thing that I was gen­uinely en­joy­ing,” he said.

“I was gen­uinely cu­ri­ous as to whether I could make the year.”

Twice a week, Eames would take a break from grad­u­ate school physics to help the 34-year-old at­tain the math and science skills she sac­ri­ficed as a teenager in or­der to care for her sib­lings.

“Even if it was just a spot on their lawn, I think that do­ing a ges­ture of that mag­ni­tude and al­low­ing some­one to stay on your prop­erty for a year de­serves some rec­i­proc­ity,” he said.

Man­tack said she re­ceived that rec­i­proc­ity in spades.

“I al­ways felt when he taught me, I was slightly ahead of what we were about to do,” she said.

CP PHOTO

Evan Eames shows off his liv­ing sit­u­a­tion in Manch­ester, Eng­land.

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