This Secondary School Programme in Ireland is open to participants from EU/EEA countries between the ages 15 and 17 who already have a reasonable level of English.
Dates: 26th Aug 2017 – 7th Dec 2017
Fees: 3.000 EUR
Students gain a thorough understanding of Irish culture through living as a temporary member of a carefully selected host family while continuing their education at a local secondary school. Participants are placed in one of 13 host communities dotted around the country. Each community has an appointed local coordinator who is a part of the EIL team and mentors and supports the student and the host family for the duration of the programme. Students must show a flexible attitude and be prepared to be located anywhere in Ireland including rural locations.
Program in Irleand is provided with cooperation with EIL.
EIL is a worldwide organisation founded in the USA in 1932 as The Experiment in International Living. It is the oldest educational exchange organisation in the world involving almost 25,000 people each year on a variety of educational and cultural travel programmes. It is a not for profit, non religious and non political association.
INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME
• A survival/ arrival orientation within first 3 weeks of coming to Ireland in the host community with other EIL international students covering programme issues, cultural introduction to life in Ireland, living in a host family, culture shock and rules of the programme. Those students arriving outside the official arrival weekend may miss this orientation or have a one-on-one private orientation with their local coordinator. A follow-up post-arrival orientation from 4 -6 weeks after arrival. There is also a pre-return orientation before they depart for home at the end of the programme.
• Full board and lodging with a host family for the duration of the official programme dates. All families will be interviewed and selected on the basis of their interest in educational exchange and their ability to provide a positive home environment. Host families in Ireland are paid a small stipend for hosting.
• Enrollment in a local school.
• Return transfers from recommended arrival airport to the host community. Please note that this is conditional on students arriving at the regional airport recommended by EIL. Flights should arrive and depart at a sociable hour (8 am to 9 pm). Transfers arranged outside these conditions will have an extra charge if they are possible to organise. Host families normally collect and drop off the students, but if unable, alternative arrangements will be made. Many families live several hours from the nearest airport.
• Support and counseling services by the local EIL representative and/or EIL staff member.
•24 hour emergency telephone support from the EIL office in Cork.
• Students are supplied with a handbook pre-departure along with other supplementary information as part of a placement pack.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME
• Transportation from the participant’s home country to/from host family’s home community.
•Independent travel costs for any day trip away from the host family.
•Any extra days or weeks after the official programme end date. All extensions must be confirmed and approved by EIL as they are not always possible.
• Pocket money (approx. €200 per month recommended) for personal use on items such as clothing, cinema, cosmetics and all phone calls and internet use.
• Costs for any school trips or excursions, transition year (4th year) programme costs (approx. €200 per term). Diary, locker fees and books are common expenses students should budget for.
Schools maybe single-sex or co-educational. Irish public schools have a Catholic religious ethos, but all denominations (or non religious) are welcome. Schools reserve the final right to decide which year each participant should join, although EIL does make specific requests based on the age of the participant. Students who excel or fail to meet the standard of the placement year maybe moved up or down accordingly. Students cannot be placed in 6th year, regardless of age or ability. All schools have a strict uniform policy that must be followed. Students may or may not attend the same school as host siblings.
Host Communities may be urban, suburban, small town or rural. In general, the majority of placements are in small towns, villages or rural areas. Urban placements are very rare and are not available in places such as Dublin or Northern Ireland.