From experience Dalmac has observed that students maximise their learning experience when staying with host-families as opposed to other forms of accommodation, as a result we offer host family accommodation with Irish families for all our Programmes.
Our host families have long tradition of taking care of our foreign visitors. Each family is carefully chosen and inspected by a member of our staff. This inspection and continuous assessment process is maintained through questionnaires and feedback from students/clients.
We boast a large database of host families throughout the country, many of whom have been hosting with us for over 25 years who continue to enjoy the cultural and social exchange.
- Junior Summer Programme families are based in Rush, Skerries and Lusk.
- Our Homestay and Academic Year families are located throughout the country.
Many factors are taken into consideration when placing a student with one of our host families. For this reason, we request our students to give us as much information as possible about themselves when submitting their Booking Form.
Information such as: likes/dislikes, hobbies, sporting, interest, preferences, etc. is invaluable to our staff when choosing the host family.
Please Note: It is also extremely important that any special dietary needs, such as diabetics, vegetarians, coeliac, vegans, or information on medical or animal allergies is made known at the time of booking. Supplements will be charged for those requiring a special diet.
Host family accommodation ensures that:
- Students become involved with the local community through their host family
- Have the opportunity to experience a true Irish lifestyle with its traditions and cultures.
- Daily conversations with host families dramatically improve student’s verbal communication skills.
Invariably host families, especially in the case of junior students, become close and constant friends to students long after their stay in Ireland.
Host families are personally selected by Dalmac’s accommodation Coordinator and each one is selected to meet the needs and preferences of the participant. Great care and time is dedicated to ensure that the profile of the candidate is matched to that of the host family.