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Monday, 09 November 2015 19:34

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Dear Host-Family, thank you for considering hosting one of our students and by doing so offering them the opportunity to share your family life. Your guest is going to stay a few weeks or months in our country to improve his/her English. He/she has chosen to stay with a family not only for this reason but also to learn about our way of life. You have a key role to play in both aspects of his/her stay. We are grateful to you for helping your guest to improve his/her knowledge of English by talking and encouraging him/her, and most of all, by making your guest feel part of your family. You will find, in the following pages, answers to questions you are probably asking yourself and practical advice to help you in your task as a Leir host family partner. So please register, become a member and gain a valuable insight into our organisation, who we are, and how good the experience can be.

What is Leir?
Leir is a Kildare based educational organisation, established in 2013, which provides various language programmes for foreign students mainly in the Eastern and Midlands Region of Ireland. The objective of these courses is to develop a better command of the English language and also a better knowledge of our country, its culture and its people.

Who is your Guest?
We usually cater for students between the ages of 10 and 17, who have been studying English in school for at least one year. Of course no distinction is made on the grounds of colour, race or religion. These guidelines are intended mainly for students within this age bracket.

You’re Fee?

Payment of hosting fees will be by bank transfer and will be paid as per schedule included in your “Welcome Pack” and to the bank details as specified by you. We please ask that you never discuss or mention any administrative matters in to or in your student’s presence. On rare occasions, for various reasons, it may happen that a student has to be relocated. Leir Education reserves the right to do this and your fee will reflect the duration the student has spent with you.

The Host Family Application Process
Leir Education will come and visit you before your first hosting and annually thereafter. When requesting to receive a language student through Leir Education you will be required to go through our Host Family process which naturally as I’m sure you appreciate involves the completion of forms and the signing of agreements etc. and by doing so you are agreeing to comply in full with the necessary laws governing child care and welfare Acts.

For families who have hosted students previously, updating your host family data every year is compulsory. Please inform Leir Education if any information on the host family application forms becomes inaccurate, e.g. change of status, address, number of residents in the home etc. Also in line with current legislation, Leir Education requests that each family agree to Garda Vetting regardless of any previous applications. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

We hope this snippet of information has gone someway in providing you with sufficient details and will help you evaluate the benefits of becoming a Leir Education host family. If you have any questions, require a ‘Host Family Guide’ or wish to officially register and become a Leir Education Limited Host Family, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register here on line and of course please feel free to call Peter at 086-2653548

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Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:23

Testimonials

Leir Host Families


"Our family have been with Leir for the last three years, it was our first time to be a host family and we were a little anxious but thankfully it's been a wonderful experience for everyone in our family from the youngest of 6yrs to the eldest of 11yrs. The best thing is that Peter and Rosa are always on hand with any problem no matter how small that's why we've returned year after year."
Karen & Andrew


“We became a host family for the first time last summer.  It was a very enjoyable experience for all our family.  The student we had was very nice and fit in so well with us all.  It was great knowing that Leir were always at the end of the phone if we needed them.  We found Leir to be a very professional agency who had the best interests of the students at heart.  We found them very supportive and would definitely recommend Leir to others thinking of hosting”

Collette & Bernard


"We hosted students from other organisations in the past, but by far, Leir were so much better, very professional, really personal, approachable and they kept in touch, which was nice"
Mary and Philip


"A highly recommended experience our student was a pleasure, looking forward to doing it again"
Bob and Audrey


"To apply is simple, everything was well thought out in advance, great communication any issues were sorted out very quickly"
Janice and Mark


"This is our third year to host a student from Leir and we wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else, we’ve never had a bad experience and looking forward to hosting again, very enjoyable, very well organised"
Sean and Amanda


"We were very nervous at the start, but Rosa and Peter made us feel so relaxed about the whole process and the fact that our student was matched with us is brilliant, we had three students in the same year and never any hassle. Highly recommended"
Peter and Shauna


 

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