Our teachers are chosen for the quality of their teaching, the standard of their accommodation as well as their overall friendliness and hospitality.
All of our teachers have either a teaching certificate recognised by the state or a university degree (or equivalent) accepted by the private sector. In addition, they have all been awarded the Regency Certificate, which means that their qualifications have been verified and the teachers’ homes have been thoroughly inspected. Language Travel Ireland is part of an international network of 2000 host teachers who provide private language lessons in their homes.
You will have your own comfortable private room and full-board accommodation is included with most of our English courses. With enough advance notice, we aim to place you with a host family in Ireland that matches your interests and English learning requirements. Other requests such as age, pets, children, smokers etc should also be given to us at the time of booking.
The Lonely Planet travel guide has named Ireland as the World’s Friendliest Country in a list of top travel destinations. You can therefore be sure of a very warm welcome from our host families in Ireland. From the minute you arrived, they will do their very best to make you feel at home and you will be treated as a member of the family!
Click on one of the Host Family examples to view more information about that family.
Mrs M holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology. She has worked for many years in Human Resources Management. She has specific experience in the areas of Training & Development, Recruitment and Occupational Skills. She lives with her husband, Tadhg and her son Tadhg Junior.
They live on their farm which is located 12miles from Shannon Airport and close to the picturesque village of Quin in County Clare. Within a short distance, there are many historic sites; Craganaowen Ring Fort, Knappogue Castle and Quin Abbey to name but a few. Glór, an Irish music and cultural center, is located in Ennis town which is only 10 miles away. A day trip to the cliffs of Moher is a must!
On the farm they breed Organic Kerry Cattle, and Connemara ponies with spring and summer being the business period.
It is double room with private bathroom. It is a bright and comfortable room.
Hobbies and interests include horse-riding, golf, walking, socialising and fishing. They even have their own river for fishing!
Two golden Retrievers, CJ and Cracker live as part of the family. Their Connemara ponies Suzie, Liath, and Casey. They also have two Donkeys, Jack and Nellie.
This is a non-smoking household. Smoking in the house not allowed.
Mrs N holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Higher Diploma in Education and a teaching English certificate. She has 16 years teaching experience. Her husband is also very highly qualified with a Master Degree in Teaching English. They live with their daughter who is 16 years old.
The family live in a four bedroom, detached house that has a large garden. They live near the local village. They live about 30 minutes from Limerick city. There are lots of activities available in the area including river fishing and horse riding.
It is a bright and comfortable double room.
Hobbies and interests include cooking, walking, sports and history. Their daughter plays cello and is very interested in animals.
They have 2 friendly dogs and 1 cat.
This is a non-smoking household. Smoking allowed outside the house.
Mrs McD holds a Diploma in Business Administration and a certificate in teaching English. She also works part-time as a clerical officer with the Health Service Executive.
Mrs McD lives in County Kerry with her husband and four children. The Kerry region is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and attracts thousands of tourists each year. They live on a small farm and have a variety of animals including rabbits, hens and ducks. They also have a large vegetable garden and lots of fruit trees. Students who choose the English & Farmstay programme can get involved in farm activities including taking care of baby rabbits and chickens! They can organise walks/hikes with a leader - up the Dingle Mountain and Killarney mountains.
There is a choice of 3 rooms.
Hobbies and interests include gardening, walking, outdoor activities and all sports.
Ozzy the dog (spaniel), Blacky the cat.
This is a non-smoking household. No smokers please.
Mrs D is a communication’s coach and teacher and runs her own communications business. She has over 20yrs experience in this area and her strengths are in teaching Interview Skills, Presentation Skills, C.V Preparation, Career Makeover, Voice Production, Drama for Confidence and most important, English as a 2nd Language.
She graduated from the London College of Speech and Communications with a Teachers Diploma. She also has a TEFL qualification which was awarded through the Phoenix programme.
Mrs D is married to Michael and they have two daughters. Their daughters visit periodically as they do not live at home. Another very important family member is Holly, a King Charles dog who loves students and is very well behaved. Mrs D and her husband live 1km outside the pretty village of Adare in County Limerick. Adare is known as the prettiest village in Ireland. Its history dates back to the 12th century and local historic sites include the abbey, monasteries, a castle and charming thatched cottages. Shannon airport is only 40 minutes away. Adare is also known for its fine food and restaurants. Horse riding, river fishing and golf are all available in the local area.
The students room is large and with private bathroom. It is newly decorated, has two windows, and is overlooking 75 acres of wood.
Family interests include golf, drama, travelling, walking, reading and Cooking.
Holly, a lovely King Charles spaniel dog will guarantee a warm welcome.
This is a non-smoking household. They do not accept smokers.
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My teacher encouraged me to talk and increased my confidence. My family was very friendly so I felt included in the family.
I was completely satisfied with my experience. It’s my first time I had an English language vacation but I am sure I will have another one.