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How the families are selected

2013-07-22 21.17.162013-07-25 19.16.59

578823_551049728273518_774817785_nMeeting the Irish is like meeting a dear old friend.  Their warm welcome,  hospitality and attention to their neighbour are all qualities that distinguish them from any other people.  They make you feel at home even when you are far away.

Our selection of the host families is fundamental to the success of our proposal, hence it is carried out with the utmost seriousness and precision. We carry out in-depth interviews with the host families in their homes and carry out additional research on the locality and surrounding area.

Our families live in the counties of Galway, Clare and Tipperary  in rural settings, in small urban centers, or by the Atlantic coast.

They have children of the same age as our students whose extra-curricular interests are, as much as possible, similar to those of the Italian student which the family is hosting.

These are families who are not only open to welcoming students but take care of them as if they were their own kin.

They are willing to go the extra mile to ensure our students have a pleasant and fun-filled stay with them.  Both the host parents and children are capable of engaging with the student at a personal level whether that be by getting them involved in their daily life, sporting activities, day trips or even introducing them to their friends and acquaintances in the local community.

Examples of our families.

1. Mr X is a teacher, his wife looks after their four children who are aged 15, 12, 10 and 4. As Mr X is a teacher he gets to spend a lot of time with his children during the summer and he trains the local hurling team.

They live in a beautiful large house in the countryside outside Ballinasloe.

The student will have his or her own bedroom.

All four children are music lovers and play an number of musical instruments. They play traditional Irish music on the violin, banjo and accordion.

They also play traditional sports such as hurling and gaelic football, and  the popular sport of rugby.  During the summer they love to spend a part of their holidays at the seaside.

2. Mr and Mrs X live and work on a farm surrounded by hills and valleys situated near the river Shannon in County Tipperary.
The student will have his or her own bedroom. The house has all of the modern comforts one would expect including internet access.

Mrs X grew up with her Irish parents in London and America but now lives and has been living in Ireland for the last 18 years. Her sister who lives nearby runs an equestrian centre and organises summer camps for young children and adolescents during the summer.

They have two adolescent children who love sports from hurling to football and fishing.  During the summer they help out on the farm and at the equestrian centre.

3. Mr and Mrs X live in a town in East Galway on the shores of Loch Derg.  They have a bed and breakfast. They have four children, two adolescents and two children in their 20s.  All of them are involved in sports and traditional music. During the summer the children take it in turns to go to Irish college where they will speak only in the native Irish language for the entirety of their stay.