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Dublin

Dublin over the last few years has become on of the “most desirable” cities in Europe – likely because of the great atmosphere. In addition, Dublin is a comparatively safe and comfortable city. It is unique as a national capital by being small enough to find your way around easily. It has a great night life and many
restaurants. There's a well balanced combination of the old and the ultra modern. For example, the old Temple Bar district with its live music and traditional pubs.  On the other end of the city,  now referred to as the “digital hub”.   In this area are many of the famous international companies. Companies such as Google, Facebook, and many other IT and robotics companies have built up their European headquarters here in Dublin

The people are nice, chatty, and humorous like in the rest of Ireland. There is a good public transport system, or for the more active, bicycles can easily be collected and dropped off at one of the many stations around the city, so it is easy to get around as a visitor. There are plenty of places to see, such as Trinity College, Stephens Green, and its markets, the live music pub scene of Temple Bar, and plenty of cheap eats and events.

Schools:
In Dublin we have 2 centres where different courses will be held. One is in the city of Dublin. The other in Dublin Dun Laoghaire is about 15 minutes by train to the city (please refer to courses and dates).

Dublin City Campus
The school is right in the centre of the city. From here you can explore everything around the city right on your doorstep!

Courses held here: teacher refresher courses: (ALM) CLIL, English for professionals and university staff, General English

Dublin
Teacher refresher course– for English language teachers and educators
2 weeks intensive course
Target: English teachers, secondary, vocational (teachers further education), university lecturers

Residence Accommodation: The City Residence is a brand new apartment complex with 470 bedrooms right in the part of the city known as the “digital hub,” next door to the Guinness brewery and near the google building – only 10 minutes walk to the Temple Bar. It is about a 35-minute walk or 10 minutes by bus to the school.

Students have a single bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, study desk and internet access.  There is a large common room with pool table, TV, fully-equipped kitchen, and – the highlight for the  sporty – a gym right in the house! (see pictures above)

What else is included/ further information for Dublin City Residence:
• 24-hour security
• High-speed (50mb) broadband wired and/or WIFI and IPTV connection
• landscaped garden and bicycle storage
• communal areas within each apartment are cleaned once a week but students are expected to keep
these areas as well as their bedroom and bathroom clean and tidy
• bed linens provided. Students should bring towels

Host Family Accommodation in Dublin city:
Please see information on host families below. Most of the host family accommodation for the Dublin city campus is between 30-60 minutes traveling distance from the school. For Dublin city we therefore recommend the residence accommodation. If you would like a host family closer to your school, we
recommend choosing a course in Dublin Dun Laoghaire, Cork, or Galway, where the host families are much closer.


 

Dublin Dun Laoghaire Campus

Dun Laoghaire offers the ideal balance of vibrant capital and the unspoilt countryside without having to miss out on good infrastructure at your doorstep.
In the area you can also go horse riding, golfing, or enjoy the spectacular countryside. The villages and towns offer a wide selection of shops, malls, restaurants, pubs, and evening entertainment with music, theatre, and cinemas.

Dun Laoghaire is in the south of Dublin. It is the old harbour district of Dublin approximately 15 minutes traveling distance to the city centre on the DART (the Irish Dublin city train). Although nowadays considered to be one f the most desirable suburbs of Dublin to live, it is, in fact, a town by itself. It belongs to the County Rathdown.
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There is even a little swimming beach called Sandycove, a popular spot in the summertime. The area as a rich cultural heritage: the James Joyce museum at the Sandycove Martello Tower, the setting for the opening chapter of Ulysses, the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, the Maritime Museum, and many archaeological sites spread through the county.

Accommodation in Dun Laoghaire is with host families or B&B's.


 

Host Families in Ireland:

Host family accommodation is available with all our courses. We highly recommend host family accommodation in Ireland.Living with an Irish family provides students with an opportunity to practise their English skills, to meet ordinary Irish people, to share their way of life, and to immerse into their culture.

Our families are carefully chosen for heir friendliness, hospitality, and interest in their foreign visitors.  Standard Host Family Accommodation: Single room with a shared family bathroom. Breakfast & evening meal Monday to Friday. Most host families will provide full board Saturday & Sunday

Options: En suite host family Accommodation: With some host families we can provide a single or double room with a private bathroom en suite.
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• You will have laundry facilities and the other comforts of home like internet and TV. Most Irish
people even in the large cities like Dublin live in a house and fewer in apartments so there will be plenty of space. Some of the houses are very new and some are traditional and older. Host families provide a comfortable home away from home.

• As an adult, you need not worry that you will be imposing on or live as part of the family. You are still a guest and you can come and go as you like as long as you let the host know if you are going to be there for dinner or not. The Irish are easy-going by tradition and they make you feel at home without imposing on your either.
• The cooking? The Irish cook very well indeed! They eat loads of vegetables, nice breads, and spreads. The country has excellent quality meat and fish – so much that even the French buy from them! And the Irish breakfast? You will love it!

Catering for Special Diets: In all cities we have host families catering for special diets such as for diabetes, gluten or lactose intolerance, vegetarian or vegan. For some of the special diets, there might be an additional fee. Options are subject to availability so book early!


 

Galway

Galway is a small and quaint city known as the capital of music and art in Ireland. Throughout the year, in particular in the spring and summer, there are music and art festivals, theatre performances, and live music. Galway, in that respect, is the cultural hub of Ireland. It is here where you can meet the locals, go to an Irish pub, listen to Irish music all year round, or go to a festival and enjoy a nice meal in one of their many low-cost restaurants with your newly found friends from the course.

Accommodation available in Galway: Host family and residence

The nice thing about Galway is that you are not far from the loveliest countryside and beaches of Ireland. You can explore renting your own car, join a tour, or hire a bike to explore the city, beaches, and lovely countryside. If you are into sports, there is swimming, fitness, golf, kayaking, horse riding, tennis, cycling, and walking. You can take the train to Westport or go on an excursion to the cliffs of Moher,
Achill Island, Aaran Island, or simply take a stroll along the shopping streets buying a lucky charm, the famous irish leprechaun, or just a leisurely cup of coffee in one of the tastefully done-up coffee houses.

There are several activities offered by the college as well such as going out at night together or on excursions, cycling and walking tours, and festivals to make friends.
There will always be a lot to do in Galway! You may find that 2 weeks will be too short!


Residence Accommodation Galway:

The residence is located in Galway, close to the city centre and school. Students have their own single room and share other facilities such as living room, kitchen, and bathroom (limited en suite rooms available so please book early). The accommodation is self-catering. You have a fully equipped kitchen and supermarkets nearby. Internet access is available in most apartments and there is full internet access in the school.

All apartments are well equipped with TV, writing desks, comfortable furniture, and they offer a large mix of nationalities.

Travel distance to school: Approximately 15-20 minutes on foot. Pictures: Galway residence.

Host Family Accommodation Galway: Please see the information above. Traveling distance Galway school/city to host family: approximately 5-20 minutes walking or a short bus ride. We highly recommend staying with host families in Galway.
Luxury Apartments: In Galway we also offer studio and luxury apartments. If you would like to stay in style and have your own apartment, please contact us for a quote.


 

Cork

Cork is the second largest city in Ireland, a bit more relaxed ta Dublin, somewhat more traditional, and very attractive. The infrastructure, itself, however, is just about as big as Dublin – comparing the shopping streets, markets, night-life, live music and art festivals. Cork is more of a big student town due to its many universities.

Education, therefore, has been a priority and a tradition in Cork for a long time. Our cooperation language school has been right in the city of Cork ifor over 20 years and offers an excellent quality of courses and teacher seminars with highly experienced staff. 

Another nice thing about Cork as a large city, is that the inner city is small enough to walk from one end to another. Nothing is really far away in Cork. If you don't like walking, there is a good public transport system with buses to just about everywhere including the countryside and some of the best beaches in the
south such as Hop Island. www.hopisland.com
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The school building is right in the city centre. The accommodation and host families are not far away.
You can walk or take a short bus ride from the city.

Art and Culture
Cork is also a major city for art, theatre, dance, music, film, and visual arts. Please see the websites below for more information on the upcoming events.
www.museum.ie
www.irish-architecture.com
www.everymanpalace.com
www.corkoperahouse.ie
Accommodation available in Cork: Student Residence for host family

Student Residence

We have several student apartments in Cork. They are large apartments with 3-7 bedrooms. Some student residences are like a student boarding house. In all residences, students have a single room (double room kitchen available on request). Most have en suite bathrooms. Students share the living room with TV, kitchen facilities for self catering, internet, coin operated washing machines, and dryers.  The apartments are basic but very comfortable and brightly furnished.

Pictures: Student apartment example – Copley Court.
Distance to school: 10-20 minutes
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Host family accommodation in Cork:
We highly recommend the host family accommodation in Cork! Every year we get excellent feedback from participants who stayed in Irish host families in Cork. Airport pick-up from Cork airport is included in the price if you choose host family accommodation. Please see more information on host families above.  Host families in Cork distance from school: approximately 5-30 minutes walking or a short bus ride.


 

Kerry

The school in Kerry has been going for over 25 years. What started as a small, local community project in cooperation with the local high school is now one of the most efficient, diverse, and holistic method of English language learning world-wide! The school is family run by Colm and Adi who have vast experience travelling and teaching and teacher training.

Courses:

  • Modern Irish culture
  • General English

           new in 2020:

  • Teaching Environmental Issues – Future on Earth –

They have build a brand new school: a retro-fitted eco-building complete with community garden, hedge school, and yoga and meditation space in the centre of town. The school is a member of MEI-RELSA and is recognised by ACELS - a service of quality and qualifications in Ireland – for English language education.  Course directors Colm and Adi have taught thousands of students in Ireland and Italy, teaching English, NLP,  Teacher Train the trainer courses, Yoga, as well as building up social work projects in India.

Colm and Adi give their personal guarantee, that yo will feel welcome and at home for the duration of your visit.

History of the town: St. Brendan the Navigator -  St. Brendan is reputed to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean from here to America in the 6th century, in search of the Garden of Eden. He discovered that great continent long before Christopher Columbus earned his place in the history books. St Brendan lived from about 484 to about 577 AD, and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

source:: www.kerrydarksky.com

The school's mission in Kerry is to provide a happy, healthy environment where both adults and younger learners can develop their language skills. The integral and transpersonal classroom and extra-curricular activities with carefully selected host families and teachers provide an enjoyable, friendly, and relaxing environment for the language learner.

And all this in the most beautiful setting: an authentic, vibrant, friendly Irish town surrounded by mountains and sea (check out the "Dingle Bay" area on google maps). It is blessed with stunningly beautiful scenery and a strong tradition of live music, Irish dancing, Gaelic sports, and local heritage.

other sports and leisure activities you can do in the area:  cycling, Surfing, horseriding, swimming, golf, tracking, yoga.

Check further information about the area: www.kerrydarksky.com
Wild Atlantic Way: www.wildatlanticway.com
www.gokerry.ie/locations/skellig-coast-region

Host Family Accommodation is highly recommended if you choose a course at this school!
Great families, tidy homes, good food, life and let life attitude...

Distance from school: most of the host family accommodation are 5-20 minutes walk from school. There is a shuttle bus bringing students from the further host families to school and back.

Self-catering accommodation is limited and not always in walking distance to the school. We recommend, that you either hire a car or come with your own vehicle if you are choosing this type of accommodation!

Courses held in Kerry:
1. Modern Irish Culture for Teachers
2. General English for Educators
3. Teaching Environmental Issues, Environmental EU Projects in schools and universities, preparing your students for an environmentally friendly future, what to do now to save the planet, improving your English.
Please refer to course description.


 

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