Anglofam allows you to book a host family stay for you or your child directly with an Irish family or with a host family in other English speaking countries. Whether you are an adult, teenager or child you can benefit from great value language holidays.
You can arrange short term total immersion stays during holiday breaks or you can book longer stays where your child goes to school in Ireland. School terms stays are espeically great value: some families offer to host school attending children for as little as 600 euro per month!
We also have several teachers offering intensive English language holidays where you live in the teachers home, have daily English lessons but also have the benefit of the teachers help 24/7. These are particuarly beneficial if you are preparing for an English exam or if you need English for an up-coming business trip. Many of our teachers are working in mainstream education in Ireland.
With Anglofam you can search though a wide range of host family profiles, find out about them and the activities they offer, view photos and choose a family to suit you. You can verify availability with your chosen family and the total price of the stay before you pay the single connection fee. Anglofam charges a once-off booking fee and we have no other charges!
Why choose a language holiday in Ireland?
Irish families have been hosting language guests for as far back as most people can remember. Some of our current host families come from a long family tradition where parents or even grandparents have hosted language students before them. Very few Irish families have not had some experience with interacting with language guests in their own homes or in their wider familiy circles.
The most important part of a language holiday is being provided with the opportunity to hear and speak the language you are practising. Irish people are traditionally known for possessing the 'gift of the gab' which just means being talkative! This may be a generalisation but it is indeed a country well known for its friendy welcomes, with no shortage of people prepared to share stories and enjoy the 'craic' (fun) in a social setting.
Ireland is an easy country to travel around and there is so much to see wherever you choose to stay. You could choose to stay near the beautiful lakes of Kerry, the unspoilt beaches of Donegal and Mayo or opt for the buzzing atmosphere of cities like Cork, Dublin or Galway (the cultural capital of Europe). Ask your host family to tell you about all the sights and attractions within reach and combine the language learning with a sight-seeing holiday and cultural experience.
For chidren or teenagers Ireland can be particularly safe option both for short term summer stays or for longer school term stays. Most Irish schools are delighted to welcome students from abroad especially for transition year (gap year) usually for children in 15-17 age group. During this year students get an opportunity to try out a wide range of different academic and non-academic subjects (with no examinations!), take part in musicals or concerts, engage in work experience or go on short cultural trips together.
Find out more about what Ireland has to offer by checking some features on our website about individual areas and choose where you would like to stay. We have families in all parts of Ireland offering holiday stays and eager to show you the local attractions!
Ireland is the country of a thousand welcomes and we mean this literally because there are many friendly host families in Ireland delighted to welcome you or your child into their homes for a great value English stay!
The reason Ireland is famous for perfect English stays is because Irish people are famous for having the 'gift of the gab' which just means they are very talkative! This of course is a generalisation but it's true that Irish people love meeting strangers and sharing stories and songs which makes the English learning experience so much fun. Whether you are an adult or a child you can make friends forever without even noticing that you are learnng English.
The towns and cities of Ireland are well known for their enjoyable variety of activities and pleasant friendly locals! Host families abound, each more friendly and pleasant than the last, and if you are sending a child they will have many children to share their life with.
English immersion in an Irish family is something everyone can enjoy, and thanks to the internet, you can pick the best match for your child easily and safely. A lifetime of friendships await your child! If the more rustic life appeals, children can gain a lot of experience with farm animals while doing light work on a farm in Ireland. Most host families and teachers will be very happy to share their culture and lifestyle with your child, and will show them around and introduce them to other children their own age. Often students who come to visit homestay families in Ireland want to return next year as well! It is always a good idea to plan ahead, so make sure you organise everything with your host family before leaving.
Students who have returned from language stays in Ireland speak positively of their experiences, and report a great improvement in their English language skills too. Families will have years of experience in dealing with and looking after children from different countries and so are able to make sure your child has a nice time. Some students prefer a host family, and some prefer the more intensive experience of a teacher. Students will become part of the family and immerse deeply into the local culture.
To find a great English language stay just click on Search above and search through our host families - we have families in all areas of Ireland delighted to show you the local attractions.