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Why Ireland?

Having your child spend a full year far from home and in another country when they are 13, 14 or 15 years old sounds harsh for any parent. Nevertheless, most of the kids who have had the wonderful chance to get to know another education system and to attend classes in a different language for a full year, remember this time as the best of their lives. In many cases, classmates and families you live with will remain in touch with you all your life.

During a full year in Ireland, a Spanish student will take around 8 subjects, some of them mainly practical, surrounded by teachers and children who do not speak Spanish. Therefore, in an unconscious and automatic way, their ability to understand and communicate in English will develop week after week. Your child will be completely bilingual when they come back to Spain, and their brain will never lose the ability to think straight in English.

Besides being a beautiful country, Ireland is as close as a two-hour-and-a-half flight from Madrid or Barcelona. Parents can go to Dublin whenever they wish, and the child can come back to Spain in the holidays. Furthermore, Dublin has a traditional culture that is very rich in literature, music and cinema, which native students learn to respect since they are kids and that passes on to the Spanish students.

Irish families who work hosting students are experienced, warm, and loving. The chosen schools have been hosting foreign students for years, and coordinators at school make sure that every one of them lives the best of experiences and learns to love the country that hosts them.

Besides being a beautiful country, Ireland is as close as a two-hour-and-a-half flight from Madrid or Barcelona. Parents can go to Dublin whenever they wish, and the child can come back to Spain in the holidays. Furthermore, Dublin has a traditional culture that is very rich in literature, music and cinema, which native students learn to respect since they are kids and that passes on to the Spanish students.

Program

SUBJECTS

Every Spanish student takes an average of 8 subjects per school year, English and Math being compulsory. Depending on the course and the school, they may also take Business, Drama, Science, Languages, Home Economy and Political Science.

In Transition Year, which involves the transition between middle school and high school (between Secundaria and Bachillerato in Spain: 4º ESO), schools promote mostly teamwork and project design through a program that includes internships in Irish companies. They give less importance to academic preparation than they give to the student’s personal development, decision making, confidence in themselves, and maturity.

TABLE OF EQUIVALENCES

ESPAÑA

5º Primaria

6º Primaria

1º ESO

2º ESO

3º ESO

4º ESO

1º Bachillerato

2º Bachillerato

IRLANDA

Fifth Class

Sixth Class

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

5th Year

6th Year

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The school year in Ireland lasts around 9 months -from August/September to June-, so it is similar to the Spanish one. Irish schools start opening their doors on the last Monday of August. The school year is divided in 3 trimesters: Autumn (September-December), Spring (January-March), and Summer (April-June). There are two holiday periods every year -Christmas and Easter-, of about 2 weeks each.

We have the best public and private schools in Ireland. We recommend students go when they are 14-16 years old. They will be accommodated with selected host families. Spanish students must wear the same uniform as native students, which is different in every centre.

FAQ

  • WHEN AM I LEAVING?

The last week of August.

  • HOW ARE THE SCHOOLS?

We select public and private schools with high quality education and teachers.

  • CAN I CHOOSE THE SCHOOL? WILL THERE BE ANY OTHER SPANISH STUDENTS?

The placements reserved for foreign students at schools are limited. It is easier to choose an area of the country than the school where you will study, but don’t worry, all schools are excellent. There will be more Spanish students at school, but not in your class or host family.

  • HOW DO WE PICK THE FAMILIES?

All chosen families have been working for us for years. They are all GARDA VETTED, that is, all their family members who are over 18 have criminal record certificates. These are families who are used to living with foreign students at home, to having them take part in their daily lives, and to helping them with whatever it is they need. We want you to feel as at ease with them as at your own home.

  • WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

If you start your year in Ireland from the beginning, you will need your academic record with the marks you obtained in the last year, a copy of your passport, and a copy of your ID. If you join the Irish school in the second or third trimester, you will need to present the marks you obtained in the former trimester at your Spanish school, as well as those obtained the year before, and the passport and ID copies mentioned before. To correctly fulfil the Irish year homologation, you will need to notify your school beforehand that you will be doing the following year abroad.

  • HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

We recommend students are between 14 and 16 years old (in their 3rd or 4th year of middle school -ESO- or in their 1st year of high school -Bachillerato-).

  • DO I NEED A MINIMUM ENGLISH LEVEL?

We would recommend you have at least A2 or B1. Be patient: your English level will improve dramatically in just a few weeks.

  • WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

The price includes the stay and accommodation in a host family. Breakfast and dinner. Enrollment at the Irish school. Pick-up and transfer to the airport.

  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Uniform, school material, books, transport card. In certain destinations, lunch is not included; it will be paid for at the school cafeteria.

  • ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES?

Usually, trips in the weekends, school trips, small daily shoppings, enrollment in sports centres…that is, the daily life of a student their age.

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