Language Immersion Stay at Mairead's

Ireland
County Longford
English
From 550 € / week
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Welcome to Brendan & Mairead's house

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INDIVIDUAL STAYS
DURING SCHOOL TERM
1-3 WEEKS...15-18 YEARS BOYS
Also: **FULL SEMESTER STAYS**
** SUMMER STAYS**
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We are a family of 5.My husband Brendan and I are retired teachers with 3 grown up kids.Jonathan 23 who works in Berlin,Zoë 20 is studying Law and Alex 18 is in his final year at secondary school

  • Houseold:

  • Mairead (Mother)
  • Brendan (Father)
  • Alex (Child • 18 ans)
  • Zoë (Child • 20 ans)
  • Jonathan (Child • 23 ans)

Max number of hosts at the same time:

2 people
  • Accept:

  • 10-18 years (boy)

We can host two students of different nationality, no two students will speak the same language, and only English is spoken by all in our home .We prefer a boy 15-18 yrs old

Yes that's guaranteed.. no other guest will speak the same language..there is total immersion...English is only language spoken in our home .The academic stay package for full academic year covers uniform, books, transport to school by car each day,/equipment/ lunches/ laundry/ transport to extra curricular
activities etc .Message me for a full breakdown of academic package etc

Proposed activities:

A typical day with us

Our days in Summer can vary as its a busy household.We usually get up at 8.30am/9am, depending on
whats happening& the weather!!!. We have breakfast.. traditional Irish breakfast could be porridge or boxty or scrambled eggs and French toast , fry up on Sundays or whatever your preference is.All our meals are home cooked and vary from day to day..Irish Stew/ Chicken casserole/ Roast beef/ Spaghetti Bolognaise/ Curry/ etc .On Fridays we usually get takeaway as a treat!!
You can go for walks/ cycle or shoot basketball hoops.We live in a rural but residential area with beautiful views of the landscape.English lessons are available Mon-Fri also if required ( Fees for those).They further help linguistic immersion. We do hill walks/ fishing trips or a trip to the bog!! Every visitor must experience "the bog".. otherwise known as "saving the turf" which is a fuel traditionally burnt in Irish homes.You can bake yummy cupcakes or learn to make an Irish stew. We visit friends and family also.The Mall is our local Park...beautiful amenity where Brendan and I run and walk and it has soccer pitches too and a swimming pool .
We often go for walks in Derrycassin woods, beautiful woodland area and finish up with hot chocolate at the end.Also the North Commons on the banks of Lough Ree is very beautiful.
You can climb Cairn Hill and see the most magnificent views on a clear day..A trip to Sliabh Bawn is a must,.where you can stand under the tallest wind turbine you could imagine.

There are options for other activities during your stay too.( Fees for these)
1)You can visit Dublin City,
be introduced to all its cultural/ social history and places of interest on a open top bus/ hop on or off as you wish

2)Go karting in Carrick on Shannon where you get a personal timesheet on how you performed and they have a pretty good track too!

3)Visit the Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking scenery and The Burren one of Europe's amazing Karst landscape ....

4)If you like a challenge of your stamina, determination and strength a trip to Zip it in Lough Key Forest Park is a must...You spend the afternoon ziplining through trees in the forest to overcome the obstacle course..each course getting harder!!

5)Maybe you like canoeing or Kayaking or bank jumping at Rooskey Adventure Centre

6)Or a trip to the local cinema but Netflix and popcorn for free at home is a good choice too!

7)We pay a visit to Cavan Museum where you can witness the cultural/ social/ political past of rural Ireland and even real life trenches from WW2/ no man's land , depicting the conditions the allies lived in.

8)A trip to Croke Park to see one of Irelands traditional games ,Gaelic or Hurling being played to the roar of an 85,000 seater stadium.

9) Joining the Mall gym for the month is a very good idea if you like fitness...it has an all in package... gym, pool/sauna/ steam room.

We offer school packages too Sept-May.You can attend the local school and be fully immersed in the language for the full academic year
( except Christmas/ Easter holiday's) The package covers books, uniform, shoes,school equipment, transport to and from school/ lunches etc.Basic enrollment fee & Transition Year fee which is 400€ is not included (class for 15/16 yrs).
If you choose to come to us as a school student..you would start your year at St Mels.It is the local boys school,an excellent school with a history of taking foreign students, throughout the year.It is boasts academic excellence and has a fantastic sports department with a proud football, soccer,& Gaelic tradition

On school days we get up about 7.45am, have breakfast, into the car and then school starts @9am,to 4.05 pm.You are collected from school, dinner when you get home, you will usually have Homework (or if you are in Transition Year...its generally project work).You can do extracurricular activities at school or at a local club or class if you wish as you would at home.
There are lots and lots of clubs in Longford Town also from Boxing to soccer to fitness / swimming / music / drama etc..On Fridays the boys have a half day and usually at the weekend, students like to meet up with their friends from school and play sport or chat. We facilitate all transport to friends / social dates.
We are an ordinary family,we do ordinary things and in the evenings...we relax, watch TV, and you too will have free down time to chill out & do what you enjoy
That's us!!We look forward to having you in our family☘☘


  • Single room
  • Pets and animals:
    3 kitties
  • Nearest public transport stop:
    2km

Paid options organized by the family

My husband and I have taught in secondary education for over 30 years, teaching French,Gaelic, & Geography to ages 12-18 years. We both have experience of being oral examiners for the Dept of Education.
Student will be met in arrivals and returned to airport departure also personally. Fees are outlined in profile

  • Language lessons
  • Lessons at home
  • Paid activities
  • Go karting
  • Trip to Aran islands
  • Canoeing or Kayaking
  • Trip to Dublin City sightseeing and shopping
  • Trip to Croke Park stadium and ticket
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • Gym.. membership for the 4 weeks...gym/ pool/ ste
  • Airport or station pick-up
  • Dublin Airport

Comments of previous guests

Geneviève

D'abord un immense Merci...

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  • 5/5
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  • Geneviève
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  • on 2022/11/07

... à Mairead, certainement l'âme de cette Maison vivante, où l'on sait à la fois générer la joie et aussi recevoir celle des jeunes accueillis. Depuis son retour Yoan (14 ans) ne parle que de retourner l'année prochaine auprès d'eux, et leurs super enfants ,dans ce pays où, dit-il "rien n'est comme ici". Outre sa bonne humeur, la famille Brendan & Mairead aura su aussi être proche et réconfortante lorsque c'était nécessaire. Avec nos remerciements réitérés, nous lui exprimons notre grande et sincère gratitude et lui demandons si possible de bien vouloir garder une place l'an prochain pour Yoan.... Geneviève et Michel W.

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