Says: """Now evaluate GSoC from an OS contributor's point of view:
* Google will pay a student to work full time on my project. Great!
* Maybe the student will turn into a regular contributor, and stick around after GSoC is over. Awesome!
* Maybe I can help the student become a better developer. Sounds good!
but on the other hand...
* It will probably take as much time to mentor the student as it would take me to implement the feature myself.
* I will have to spend that time mentoring (which I may or may not enjoy), rather than coding (which I love).
* The student might turn out to be a dud, who sucks up lots of my time without producing anything.
Note that all of the downsides of mentoring a student have to do with its cost in time. The way to be an awesome GSoC student is to optimize the way you use your mentor's time."""
Yes. I'd say that mentoring would take more than three-times the time it would take for an experienced people to do the job themselves. It takes an effort on the apprentice's side to make it worthwhile.