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An entrepreneur from Handsworth Wood has turned her part-time job into a full-time profession by setting up a language tutoring business with a difference.Lorna Allen, from Inchcape Avenue, used to work for The Brambles Children's Centre in Kingstanding, but now helps foreign students to learn English.

The 40-year-old mother of two links up visitors from all over the world with hosts who offer formal lessons and the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in English culture.

Hosts provide lessons, board and lodging but the students also get the unique chance to get involved with their lifestyle.

"I really enjoy it. I pick students up from the airport and take them to their host family," said Lorna

"Two weeks later, on the return journey, they are a different person. There is a massive difference with their English."

Now Lorna is on the lookout for more hosts. There are three basic requirements for people wanting to teach English to foreigners - a qualification such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or a degree, a spare room and a love of people from different cultures.

For more information, visit Lorna's website at www.homestay-online.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Courtesy of Great Barr Observer

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Mumpreneur 2011 Award


Local mum and entrepreneur, Lorna Allen, has earned herself a place in the final lineup of The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

The mother of 2 runs Live and Learn Homestays Ltd., an organisation offering personalised English courses and leisure activities to people visiting the Midlands region from abroad. Lorna's customers (homestay guests) benefit from a full immersion experience where they are placed with host families and have the unique opportunity to improve their English skills and learn about British culture through sharing their host families' lives.

Lorna Allen, Director of Live and Learn Homestays tells NetworkMilan.com how you can improve your English and feel at home in the “Heart of England”

Live and Learn Homestays Ltd is a small English language homestay company based in Birmingham, the "Heart of England", in the UK. The company is owned and managed by Lorna Allen, a local entrepreneur who worked part-time as a homestay tutor and local organiser for a large, international language homestay company for over seven years.

Read full article here: www.networkmilan.com