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Host Family Booklet
Contains a wealth of information, it answers the questions before you can ask them. The booklet will give invaluable advice and guiedlines. It offers an great insight into hosting, the pit falls and the many benefits but overall its aimed at helping you make your hosting experience a success and helping provide you with memories to cherish.

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Host Family application

Host Family application
As with all applications, we can find them tedious. Our on-line application process is designed to be simple and detailed. At Leir we match students with families and families with students, this is a vital part of creating the best mutual experience for everybody, but only takes about ten minutes, it can be the first step in a very fruitful time for the whole family.

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Garda Vetting Application Form

Garda Vetting Application Form
Garda vetting is something we have all become aware of, especially if you're involved in coaching or activities with children. The process is very simple, just download the application, complete it in full and we'll collect and process it to An Garda Siochána. This is a compulsory condition of hosting a Leir student.

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What's Involved

Hosting a student with Leir is not difficult, however like most things concerning children or minors there is a criteria to be met.

What’s involved once your guest has arrived couldn’t be easier…. Simply, treat him or her as you would treat and care for your own children. Your guest has chosen to stay with an Irish family in a natural family environment to gain full benefit of the experience, to take part in a normal daily routine. The majority want to spend lots of time with their Irish family, especially your children. Depending on the programme you guest has chosen will of course involve a level of commitment from you and your family.

For the purpose of this example we have outlined some particulars which might be of interest.

School summer programme:

  • Programme duration is normally three weeks.
  • Your guest will be part of a school group and we would always try to have them in the same locality e.g. same estate or within walking distance to each other.
  • He or she will be attending our English classes, held in our summer school. 
  • You would normally be required to bring your student to and from school. (In estates or similar, car-pooling is always a great idea)
  • Give your guest a packed lunch for school and trips.
  • You would normally be required to bring your student to and from our prearranged meeting points for excursions or trips. Again car-pooling is always a great idea.

Total Immersion summer programme:

  • Programme duration is normally three weeks, sometime maybe four.
  • Your guest will be an individual or maybe traveling with other friends from the same area or town.
  • He or she will not be attending our school or English classes, they will however attend selected local ‘Summer Camps’
  • You would normally be required to bring your guest to and from summer camp. Again car-pooling is always a good idea.
  • Give your guest a packed lunch for camp and trips.
  • You would normally be required to bring your student to and from our prearranged meeting points for excursions or trips. Again car-pooling is always a great idea.

School term academic programs:

  • Your guest would attend a local preapproved school or collage
  • Programme duration is per school term, or annual
  • Your guest will be an individual and may have friends here from the same area or town.
  • You would normally be required to bring your guest to and from school or by another method as agreed, for example school bus
  • Give your guest a packed lunch etc.
  • You’re guest may or may not be attending our extra classes.

The above is only a short general introduction, so much more is contained within our 'members area’ and our ‘Leir host family guideline booklet’

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