Pat Lam, a legend in the world of professional rugby.
Pat Lam came to speak about our student exchange programmes and our rugby summer camps in Ireland.
Pat Lam, a legend in the world of professional rugby.
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Study Spanish and enjoy a complete Spanish language immersion with a student programmes in Spain.
An exchange programme gives young students the opportunity to discover Spain, its way of life and its culture, while improving their language skills. Ideal for Transition Year students, it is available throughout the academic year. Students live with their exchange family, they experience the life of a typical Spanish teenager.
Exchanges are available for a minimum of 2 weeks up to the full academic year, this is the best way to experience the Spanish way of life, achieve fluency and become more independent and mature young adults. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
Your child will return home with improved fluency, more confidence and memories that will last a life time and with an improved CV and enhanced employement opportunities. They will have achieved something which sets them apart and ahead in their field.
Some reasons for doing an exchange...
The importance of learning other languages is sometimes overlooked or not fully appreciated by us. We speak English and when we travel we generally find that English is highly valued and widely spoken abroad , at least enough to enable us to get by without making too much adjustment.
However if we move outside tourist areas or find ourselves in a work situation abroad thats when we have to fall back on what we have retained from school or resort to Google Translate.
School leavers and graduates increasingly need to have a command of at least one other language, beyond English and Irish, not only to secure employment abroad but also to compete for jobs at home where the global nature of business is developing all the time.
For teenagers Transition Year offers a great opportunity to use time to improve language competence by staying abroad for some weeks with a host family on a student exchange. A homestay alone or some weeks in school abroad while living with a host family as part of an exchange gives students a total immersion among native speakers of a language. It increases fluency and will leave students relaxed and confident when approaching their oral exams.
No other learning method is as successful as the 'Total immersion' method. Indeed it was the method used by the British Army in the last century to learn Japanese, a notoriously difficult langiage for westerners!!
Exposure to a foreign language by spending some weeks immersed among native speakers is invaluable at a time when the ability to speak at least one other foreign language has never been more important for job-seekers.
Our exchanges range from 10 days to six months, each exchange is individually tailored to meet the needs of the student.
The educational and cultural enrichment offered by student exchange experience is second to none. The hundreds of young people who take part in student exchange program each yearhave the time of their lives. They see the world from a new perspective, gain understanding of a foreign culture, and their host family becomes their ‘second family’ as lifelong friendships and bonds are formed.
Language learning opportunities are rich as you are now experience a new language, living the language, totally immersed in a new culture and environment. Because you’re practising all day, learning new things, and sharing every day activities and not speaking English, you learn faster and without realising how much you’ve learned.
Many of our exchange families will also help you to organise a local language course to complete your student exchange overseas program.
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Are you a TY student interested in travelling during this school year or summer holidays?
Maximise the advantages of your TY year by travelling abroad on a student exchange visit to the home of a foreign student.
We will select a student of similar age in France Germany or Spain , and you can have the trip of a life time in a host family abroad.
You will host the foreign student in your home for a similar length of time.
Our Exchange programmes are aimed at second level students who are interested in a language and cultural exchange with a student of a similar age
We help you match your child or teen (11 to 18) with a student of similar age in another country.
It is a great way to learn a new language and experience a different culture.
Would you like your teen toimprove their French and learn to be open minded about other cultures? Do you want your child to explore another country and participate in family life there? Do you also wish to share your own culture and language with a child from abroad?
A two way exchange offers all of these possibilities for your child , and we will help arrange a suitable exchange family so you can have confidence in undertaking this great adventure.
Both students will be together during each stage of the exchange. The decision of who travels first is up to the families involved in the exchange.
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Apply to become an Irish Host Family.
Register with us to become a hostf family and to accommodate foreign students.
We are happy to welcome new host families to participate in our homestay programmes in Ireland.
Complete our on line application form and e mail a photograph of you home and family to us at ; firstname.lastname@example.org
We facilitate student exchange programmes between Ireland and
France Germany Spain
Our language, cultural and travel programmes are aimed mainly at
Second Level or High School students
The most popular Europen languages for Irish students are French, Spanish and German.
A two way exchange is a reciprocal exchange between two selected host families, at times and dates selected to suit them. Families are matched as far as possible by age and interests. The foreign student learns English and improves their English language skills while visiting Ireland.
Our two way exchanges between Ireland, France, Germany and Spain provide excellent opportunities for Irish Students to develop and improve their confidence in speaking a foreign language.
Language Travel Holidays may be organised during the school year. This is an ideal time for TY students to travel abroad and improve their language skills.
Students who wish to study abroad during summer holidays can combine travel and leisure with language acquisition.
Contact us for an application form and further details.
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