Monique, who lives in beautiful Northumberland, is one of the lucky 7000 people who have been chosen to volunteer at the Olympic or Paralympic Games as a Gamemaker. She says:
"I will be working for about five weeks at the Olympic village, where the athletes and coaches live. I am assigned to a delegation and will be assisting the Chef de Mission of that country with their daily work. I have been training in London once a month since January and it is really interesting as I get to go behind the scenes where not many people are allowed."
However, as the Gamemakers are not reimbursed for any costs and are not provided with accommodation, Monique is looking to arrange a home swap. She will be in London from around 18 July until 15 August and has a lovely cottage in a quiet rural location to offer:
"I believe a holiday in Northumberland is as good as a foreign destination, with a fantastic coastline, ample opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding, golfing and world heritage sites (Hadrian's Wall, Durham Cathedral) and other great places to visit on my doorstep. I have two adorable cats and don't mind looking after your pets".
If you are interested in a home swap with Monique even for just one week, please see full details of her home exchange offer (HE26763) and contact her right away.
Being a long standing London based service, and also operating Guardian Home Exchange, Home Base Holidays has many London members who have already arranged or are offering homes for exchange during the Olympic period. Do check out our special Olympics information and sample home exchange offers.