Who are We? we are Leir Education & Language Academy is a Kildare-based language travel and educational organisation. Established in 2013, family run and managed by husband and wife Peter & Rosa we provide various different types of language-based programmes to foreign students primarily in County Kildare and Leinster, Ireland. The main objective of our programs and courses is to help our students improve and develop a better command of the English language, and a better knowledge of our country, culture and people.
Our aim is to provide all our guests with the highest standard of Irish hospitality, and cultural, educational and practical experience. We value our concept as one that believes “learning can and should be fun”, education has many different forms and our host families, teachers, staff, work placement partners, schools and centre providers all play a vital part in the process, in helping us provide the level of excellence and value that we strive to achieve in managing our programs to the highest international standards.
Dear Host-Family, thank you for considering hosting with us and by doing so offering them the opportunity to share your family life and experience. Your guest is going to stay a few weeks or months in our country to improve their English language and life experience. They have chosen to stay with a host family to ensure the best possible home-from-home experience.
We are grateful to you for helping your guest improve their knowledge of English by talking and encouraging them, most of all, helping your guest feel part of your family.
In the following pages, you will find 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 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 County Kildare and Leinster. For our students, the objective of these courses is to help develop a better command of the English language, have fun, gain new life experiences as well as learn a little about our country, culture and people.
Who is your Guest?
This will always depend upon the program in which your guest is participating. We cater to childeren from the age of 11 up to Adults. As our programs vary from Summer language camps, a School term or full year, School tours or Work Placement Erasmus programs, your guest will be chosen based upon the suitability for both them, you and your family.
Of course, no distinction will be made on the grounds of colour, race or religion. We will always be on hand to offer support to you, your family and your students to ensure the best possible success as required.
Payment of hosting fees will be by bank transfer and will be paid as per the 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 or in your student’s presence. On rare occasions, for various reasons, a student may have 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
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 us if any information on your original host family application 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 Host Family, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or register and of course please feel free to call Peter at 086-2653548