Living with an Irish family gives our students the chance to 'live' the language and to experience the 'Irish way of life' and the Irish people. Our students learn English during their lessons in school and put their learning into practice with their host families.
We put great emphasis on the selection of our host families. We know that a positive experience with the host family is extremely important for the general success of the course.
All our host families are carefully selected and regularly inspected to ensure our high quality standards. Generally, we always try to house students in a family with children of the same age group.
We guarantee that each student is the only person of that nationality in their host family. This way we ensure that English is the only spoken language at all times.
Accommodation in our host families is generally full board (breakfast, packed/hot lunch and dinner).
The student is accommodated in a single room unless otherwise arranged. Many host families live within walking distance to our summer centre. If required, our host families provide free transfers to/from the school/activities each day. Use of public transport is not necessary.
The room is equipped with a study area and all essential living accommodation facilities like a cupboard and a bed. (Linen, duvet and towels are supplied). The host parents will wash the students' laundry or give free access to a washing machine. Most families have internet access at home.
We always give out all details concerning host family (names, address, phones, email, profession etc.) and additional information incl. a detailed itinerary about the stay in Ireland before the beginning of the course.
Please let us know any special requests concerning your host family when you register for a course. E.g.: do you prefer a family in the city or in the countryside, would you like children of the same age living with you, are you on a special diet, do you have any food or animal allergies etc.
Accommodation in Waterford City is in a prestigious boarding school. It is an on-campus residence, equipped with all modern conveniences. It is the perfect environment to learn English, take part in sports and experience the on-campus atmosphere. The on-site facilities on site are truely superb and ideal for an English summer course with residential accommodation.
The residential centre offers full-board accommodation. The school will provide three meals each day at the on-campus school restaurant. All meals are provided on campus and consist of: breakfast, hot lunch (alternatively: packed lunch on weekends and on full-day trips) and hot evening dinner. There are menu options each day: lunch and dinner comprise of two courses. A vegetarian option is available.
There are several room types available: rooms that sleep 2-3 students and rooms that sleep 5-8 students. Some rooms are en-suite and others have communal bathroom and shower facilities. Most rooms are equipped with a study area and all essential living accommodation facilities for example a cupboard and a bed. Wireless internet (password protected) is available on site.
Boys and girls are housed in different buildings.
Common rooms comprising of a common living area, coffee/tea making facilities and TV/DVD are available for student use. The reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day and there will always be a teacher on duty in the residence.
All rooms and common areas are thoroughly cleaned once per week with a change of bed sheets and pillow cases. Bathroom facilities are cleaned every 2/3 days. A hand towel is provided to each student on arrival to be changed weekly. A laundrette is available.