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Language Travel Ireland

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Host Families/Teachers Wanted - Nationwide

Would you like to help foreign students improve their English in a friendly home environment?

If you have a spare room in your house, you can be very well paid by accommodating and teaching English to foreign students. Earn between €1000 and €1500 for a typical 2 week booking for 1 student.  Students normally stay from 1-3 weeks and can be any age from 12 years and upwards.  Last year, our youngest student was 11 years old and our oldest was 56.  Students can come from a variety of countries including Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

We are currently looking for educated hosts who have a third level degree (any academic subject) or a teaching certificate or who are already in full-time employment and can teach during the holidays or who are working part-time or are retired and can teach on a flexible part/full-time basis. While an advantage, no previous teaching experience is required.

Job Description - Host a Foreign Student

The high quality of our tutors and the professionalism they bring are a key part of our success. We find our host teachers from various different situations. You might be self-employed and working from home, or a teacher looking for extra work in the holidays, perhaps retired or a parent at home with children.


Some tutors choose to work all year round, others work only during school holidays. Once you have been accepted, you may choose when you want to work. You are free to accept or turn down each student you are offered, for any reason you like. We have a steady stream of students throughout the year, not just during July and August.

What does the post involve?

Having a student live with you (usually 1 - 3 weeks) during which time they will be treated as a member of your family and typically receive 10 to 15 hours per week formal English lessons, taught on a one-to-one basis. Normally, you will only have one student at a time (unless students opt for the two student programme). You will also provide 3 meals a day for the student. Sometimes the students attend sports sessions or summer camps during the day.

Requirements for Tutor Homes

You will have a well-maintained home in a good location with reasonable access to shops, buses, trains, library and other local facilities. You will have a bedroom for the student with bed, wardrobe and a chest of drawers. These are for the student's use and must not be filled up with family clutter.

If you are interested in applying or would like additional information on become a host family, please complete the short form at end of this  page and we will contact you.  Alternatively, please call Mary Commins at 061 334746.

Farmstay Programme - Host a Foreign Student

We are now recruiting host families for our very popular English and Farmstay programme! With this programme, students stay with a host family and experience life on a real Irish farm, taking part in the farm activities and enjoying the home cooking, fresh air and beautiful countryside of Ireland.  With this programme, there are 2 options for the student to choose:

  • Farmstay 1: includes 10 hours of English lessons + full-board accommodation + 10 hours of farm activities
  • Farmstay 2: includes 10 hours of farm activities + full-board accommodation

Requirements for Host Family Farms

  • Small to medium sized, traditional Irish family farm where the student can get involved in a variety of farm activities.
  • Organic farms are particularly welcome.
  • A love of countryside and a willingness to provide a warm welcome to a foreign student.
  • For the Farmstay 1 programme, you will require a third level degree (any academic subject) or a teaching certificate as the student will require one to one English lessons.  If there is nobody in the host family can provide the English lessons, we will also accept a suitably qualified neighbour/friend/relation who can provide the English lessons.
  • For Farmstay 2, as no English lessons are involved, no specific teaching qualifications are required.
  • Bookings for this programme tend to be primarily during the summer months.
  • We realise that some farmhouses are more traditional and rustic but we do require that accommodation is clean and comfortable.

If you would like additional information about becoming a host family for our standard or farmstay programme, please complete the form below or telephone 061 334746.

Host Family Application Form

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Student Testimonials

Marine, Age 24, France

My teacher encouraged me to talk and increased my confidence.  My family was very friendly so I felt included in the family.

Anna, Age 55, Italy

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.