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Meet your host family: Elaine in Ireland

NEW/NOUVEAU !!! Welcome to Elaine happy home

Hello all, my name is Elaine. We are a family of three, myself and my two lovely boys aged 10 and 7.
I have a really good personality with excellent communication skills which making hosting guests very easy for me.
Myself and my boys love company and love meeting new people.
I am well traveled and have welcomed guests from all over the world to my home for many years.
I am a Home Economics and Irish teacher so great food guaranteed.

We are very fortunate to have a beautiful and comfortable home overlooking the picturesque mountain ranges surrounding Killarney. This little town is world-famous and is the crown jewel in Kerry due to its exquisite location beside lakes and mountains. We live in the countryside a very short drive from the town centre (4km) and the national park. Killarney National Park is simply paradise and encompasses every kind of terrain for which Ireland is famous. Killarney is also home to Ireland's tallest mountain (Carrauntoohil, at 3,406 feet), spellbinding lakes and forests, the rain-ravished Torc Waterfall.

We also have a wonderful outdoor space with a basketball area, soccer area and when the weather is good during the summer we erect our 14 foot swimming pool outside. We are a very outdoors family. My boys are very sporty. We love hikes in national park and camping in our beautiful country. We enjoy kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding on the lakes of Killarney. We have the equipment we need for these activities also. We love cycling in the national park. We have bikes for use also and the necessary bike transport system attached to the car.

I am also a qualified TEFL teacher so additional language classes available if desired.

Any guest of mine will not leave disappointed with the welcome and hospitality received. You are sure to be blown away with our beautiful town and my lovely home and family. We will be happy to arrange days out with you during your stay with us. We are a busy family who always like to be out and about enjoying activities and adventures. Our family home is suitable for guests of all ages who would like to improve their English and gain confidence in speaking English.

We can host students for long or short term stays throughout the year as well as the full academic school year from Sept to May. We also offer the option of 6 month academic school stays also. We organise everything with the school in order for your child to have an excellent experience. We are currently accepting students for the Academic year 2024/2025 or a 6 month term. In order to enrol for Sept 2024 the last date we can accept bookings is April 2024

Academic Package Sept 24 to May 25 available Including School Fees, School Transport, Uniform, Books and Host Family Accommodation and Food Package.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home and family, where we promise you will have an amazing experience and gain unforgettable memories!

  • Houseold:
  • Elaine (Mother )
  • Seán (Child • 10 ans)
  • Ciarán (Child • 7 ans)
Max number of hosts at the same time:
3 people
  • Accept:
  • 10-18 years old (girl - boy)
  • 18-25 years old (girl - boy)

No smoking or alcohol in the house. Night curfew must be observed with quiet time from 9.30 in the evening until 6.30 am the following morning.
We have a range of rooms all ensuite to suit your needs. A shared room is more cost-effective for students, but all options are available.
We are an environmentally conscious family. We have a PV energy system in the home which guarantees piping hot water all year round. We would ask that our guests are not unnecessarily wasteful with electricity, etc., in keeping with our values.

Guarantee that no other guests of the same nationality will be in the house at the same time unless requested by the family e.g. if 2 brothers or sisters or cousins or friends wanted to visit together

Your Irish immersion experience :
A typical day with us

Every day is a different adventure in our home depending on month and season. Great memories guaranteed.
Typically during the academic year however, the family sit together and have breakfast at 7 am. We leave for school and work at 7.45 and arrive home in the evening between 3pm and 5pm depending on the day. We usually have dinner at 5.30 and if there are no scheduled activities for the evening the children play basketball or football. If the weather is poor, we sit together and play cards or a boardgame together. We usually watch some television before bed and will always have a family movie and games night on Friday and Saturday night.
The weekends are as varied as the Irish weather. They always include sports of some kind and a family activity together. We are practicing Catholics and attend our local church every Sunday. We normally go to the local cemetery following mass to offer some prayers for our dearly beloved deceased.

Local attractions:
- Killarney (National Park, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall)
- Cork
- Kinsale
- Dingle (Dolphin Boat Tours)
- Castleisland (Crag Cave)
- Adare
- Tralee
- Ballybunion and Banna Beach (kayaking, surfing, swimming)
- Killorglin
- Limerick (King John's Castle)
- Cliffs of Moher

  • Room shared with Another student. Single rooms en suite are available at a premium price however
  • Nearest public transport stop:
    No public transport but the school bus leaves from outside my home.

Paid options organized by the family

Killarney is the hub for many activities. Everything and anything can be booked from absailing to guide tours of the highest mountain in Ireland. Prices range depending on time and whether you want one on one or group activities. I would be happy to plan an itinery around your likes and interests.

Pick up available from Cork Airport, Kerry Airport or Shannon Airport (prices vary with location).

  • Language lessons
  • Lessons at home
  • Courses in language schools
  • Paid activities
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle
  • Inishfallen Island
  • Horseriding
  • Airport or station pick-up
  • Cork Airport

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From 630 € / week

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