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Become a host family in Kilkenny!

General aspects about hosting students

Each year thousands of kids and teenagers worldwide endeavour on a big adventure: they go abroad to either attend an English language course or to spend some time in an Irish high school. 
Without host families such an adventure would not be possible.
Host families open their home and heart to the person in their house. For the allotted time period, the host family takes their student on as another member of the family. Likewise, the guest students and their parents bestow their trust upon the host family.

This home-stay experience often results in life-long friendships. All parties involved gain a lot of new insights about the other culture and get to know others from a different background.

Hosting students for mackdonald language academy in Kilkenny

The majority of our students stay in Kilkenny for a short period (1-4 weeks) - either during the summer months or during the academic year as part of a school group excursion. They are all here to improve their English and to experience Ireland.

We also welcome students for the entire academic year (or part therof). Theses students attend various primary and high schools in Kilkenny City and County.

Most of our students are aged between 12 and 18 years. For some of them it is their first time away from home alone. 
In order to host students, all host families must meet certain criteria. First and foremost, a host family should be caring, open to new encounters and willing to show a young person a great time in Kilkenny. At least one member of the family ought to be Garda vetted.

Ideally, there are kids or teenagers in the house (but this is not a requirement). Host families should always be around for breakfast (approx. 8:00) and dinnertime (approx. 18:00). The host families should provide transfers to/from our school in the morning and evening. (Very often, it is possible to share lifts with other hosting families in the neighbourhood.)
We are currently looking for new host families in the Kilkenny area, ideally within walking distance to the city centre of Kilkenny City.
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