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Language courses for children and teenagers

Children and teenagers live the language they are learning naturally and in a safe environment.

They stay in their teacher’s home, have one-to-one language lessons and continue to use and practise their language skills sharing the daily life of their teacher’s family during meals, conversations, visits and activities, as they all take place in the language they are learning.

Programmes available

All the programmes below include the following:

  • Fully-inspected family homes
  • Private comfortable bedroom
  • 3 meals a day with your host family
  • Local Organisers to help with your stay
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Qualified, experienced host teachers
  • 15-30 hours per week of one-to-one language lessons + the chosen activities (ALL costs included)
  • Certificate of Attendance & Course Report

Programmes

Language programme with activities

Our programme with activities offers you the unique opportunity to put your language skills to immediate use after your lessons with activity based learning. Activities may include visits to local places of interest, national parks, shopping, cooking traditional foods, afternoon tea, bowling, mini-golf, swimming, board games, etc. These will depend on the family location and local events as well as your personal interests.

This programme includes:

  • Full board accommodation in your teacher’s home
  • 10 to 25 hours private language lessons per week
  • 5 to 20 hours activities including entrance fees (where applicable) and transport

Language programme with cultural excursions

We have combined your language course with trips to discover the sights and customs of the country you are visiting. The cultural programme usually includes 3 visits with your teacher or any adult member of the family. Where there is a choice of visits these will depend on family location and your personal preference. All excursions are in the target language so you’ll be learning as you explore!

This programme includes:

  • Full board accommodation in your teacher’s home
  • 10 to 25 hours private language lessons per week
  • 3 cultural visits including transport & entrance fees (where applicable) for you and the accompanying person

Classic language programme

The Classic programme is for older independent students. You enjoy full board accommodation, private language lessons, and free time outside lessons & mealtimes to explore on your own or share the daily life of your host family. Your host family will show you around the neighbourhood, local shops and public transport after your arrival, and will take you on at least 1 outing per week.

This programme includes:

  • Full board accommodation in your teacher’s home
  • 15 to 30 hours private language lessons per week

Other programmes

Farmstay

Stay with your host family and experience life on a working farm. Includes full board accommodation, 10 hours of private English lessons and 10 hours of farm activities per week. Activities may vary according to the farm, they may include fruit or vegetable picking, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, milking the cows/goats etc. Our farmstays are available in Dublin, Cork and the Limerick region, and in New Zealand.

Duo Nationality

On request in South East England only

For students aged 13-17 who wish to share the lessons and accommodation with a student of a different nationality. A unique opportunity to make a new friend and share a course with another student who does not speak your own language. Includes full board accommodation, 10 hours shared lessons + 5 hours shared activities per week, activity expenses such as entrance fees & transport.

Programme dates:
Duo 1: Arrival June 21st – Departure July 5th
Duo 2: Arrival August 2nd – Departure August 16th

Activities without lessons

For students who do not want formal lessons but who wish to improve their fluency in a full immersion environment. Includes full board accommodation, 15 hours of accompanied activities per week (extra hours activities on request), activity expenses such as entrance fees & transport, no lessons. The activities are decided between you and your host family according to your interests and location, they may include visits to local places of interest, cultural events, cooking, shopping, mini-golf, national parks, art galleries, antiques, country pub (18+), afternoon tea etc.

Programme options

Personalise your course by adding an option to a language course. Combine a classic programme with sport or a language and activities programme with closer supervision, there are many possibilities, the choice is yours !

Sport

Practise your favourite sport or try a new one! Price includes transport, equipment hire (where applicable) and usually 3 sessions of approximately 1 hour each (or more if you join a group), these will depend on your level, chosen sport, and family location. The sessions usually take place with a professional instructor but where suitable may also be with a family member.

Leisure

Spend the day at a famous theme park, go on an adventure tour, learn a traditional dance, etc. Price includes entrance fees and transport. The leisure activity is usually with your language teacher but can take place with any adult member of the family or a professional instructor.

Exam preparation

Your teacher will design a course to prepare you for an exam (Cambridge First Certificate, Proficiency, TOEIC, TOEFL). Please note that we do not organise the exams. You must bring your own material, books, previous exam papers and any other material you need to prepare for the exam.

Closer supervision

Closer supervision is available for students under 18 and compulsory for students aged 12 or under. This special safety feature we call “cocooning” guarantees that the teacher or an adult member of the family is at home at all times when the student is there. This option does not guarantee activities. Closer supervision can only be booked with lessons and/or activities (not on the Accommodation only or Lessons only programmes).

Special diets

We welcome students who need special diets provided we are notified in detail of these in advance. If these diets involve the host family making extra arrangements (such as a gluten-free diet) a supplement will be charged.

Special needs

We welcome students with physical disabilities (such as vision or hearing impairments), emotional or behavioural disorders (such as ADHD) or learning difficulties (such as dys lexia) provided we are notified of these in advance.

Christmas/New Year/Thanksgiving

Any bookings which include 24th, 25th Dec (Christmas); 31st, 1st Jan (New Year); or 26 November in the USA only (Thanksgiving) are subject to a supplement. If your stay includes both Christmas and New Year the supplement is charged twice. Book the Language and general activities programme during Christmas or New Year and fully experience the traditional festivities together with your host family. Activities typically include traditional meal, decorating the Christmas tree, Christmas fairs & carols, town decorations/lights, shopping, fireworks… (available in countries where Christmas and New Year is traditionally celebrated).

Private bathroom

Accommodation with your own private bathroom. 20% reduction per person on a shared programme. Please note this option is not available in all destinations.

VIP

This option is specially designed for people who enjoy a very comfortable standard of living at home and who require extra comfort when they come to stay with a host family. You can expect a superior standard of accommodation and meals. VIP stays always include a private bathroom and VIP students can be sure that their teacher has plenty of experience and knows how to satisfy their requirements.

Boarding

For university students or children/teens in boarding school who are looking for a place to stay during half term. Our host families welcome long term guests on a full board basis, provide a private bedroom with a study and can prepare students for their exams (IGCSE/ GCSE/A levels/BA/MA…etc). Pick up & drop off can be organised from school. Please con- tact us for a quote.

Transfers

We can arrange transfers from the nearest airport, station or seaport to your host family. Transfers are taken care of by the host family, the local organiser or a private driver (usually by car, occasionally by public transport). Students aged 15 and under MUST take 2-way transfers unless we are notified that they are accompanied by their parents. A mobile phone number is required for all students who book transfers.

Extra nights

Extra nights without lessons can be arranged to allow for flight schedules. Please note that from 4 extra nights onwards a full week is charged.