Host Families
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Host Families



Over the past ten years, our database of over 300 host families has been very carefully compiled by Maura McVeigh, Host Family Coordinator. All host families are pre-qualified against a very strict Code of Standards (including police clearance). This allows us to match the most appropriate families with students’ preferences, as far as possible. This often means that host family parents will have children who will be age appropriate for visiting students. Irish people are friendly and talkative and enjoy welcoming students into their homes and understand the benefits of a totally immersive experience. Many students make lifelong friends with their hosts.


During the Junior Summer Programmes, our Host Families are also integrated into the homework curriculum so that our students are encouraged to chat/interview the members of the family and find out more their lives and Irish traditions and culture.


It is our policy never to have two students of the same native language in any one Host Family unless that is specifically requested.


Maura says “It’s my pleasure to offer local advice and help our students to get the most out of their time here in Carlow, academically, culturally and socially. Please do contact me with any questions you may have about your host family. Families interested in hosting are visited by me personally and are supplied with Host Family guidelines and asked to complete Host Family Registration Form. Part of the Host Family Registration Process now includes Police Clearance. English Language Ireland processes the Police Vetting forms through the offices of the Irish Police (An Garda Siochana) and MEI (Marketing English in Ireland).”
If you would like to apply to join our panel of Host Families, please click here to download an application form. Then simply return the form to us by post (The Schoolhouse, Idrone Park, O’ Brien Road, Carlow) or by email ( and we will be in touch with you to arrange an inspection visit.