In July 1964, John McNichols led a group of American students to Ireland - this was the first EIL activity in Ireland and the start of our 50 year history here. The group began their experience with pre-departure training in Vermont and then travelled to Ireland where they learned about the culture and rich traditions of the country as part of their studies. Learn more about the history of EIL in Ireland
This is almost all the international volunteers here at Dekamer at the moment. Unfortunately, many of them are leaving this week. From left to right we have Ahmet, the leader here; Kart from Estonia; Jane from Australia; Niamh from Ireland; Timor from Great Britain; Aydin from Turkey; Sarah from Estonia; Jakob from Germany; Rachel from Great Britain and Bel from Hong Kong.
From the Castlebar area, Bernie and Colum Gavin were nominated for the Award by Local Coordinator Michael O'Malley. L-R: Paul Conway (EIL Board), Colum Gavin, Bernie Gavin, Judy Roche (EIL Board) and Mark Moore (EIL Board).The Gavin Family have been hosting for over ten years and the majority of their students make return visits to them in Castlebar. The Gavin Family are very kind and sincere and always put the student first in an effort to make their students' stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
Avril Williams, Local Coordinator from the Gorey area, nominated The Farrell Family. L-R Paul Conway (EIL Board), Avril Williams, Janis Farrell, Helen Farrell, Judy Roche (EIL Board) and Mark Moore (EIL Board).Helen and Aidan always make their students feel like part of their family. They are kind, patient and understanding of the problems and issues faced by young people being away from home for so long. They are a marvellous family for any student to stay with and they include their studets in all family activities, making the students' time with them even more enjoyable.
Local Coordinator from the Ballyhoura area, Valerie Harding nominated Debbie and Paul Lynch. L-R: Paul Conway (EIL Board), Valerie Harding, Debbie Lynch, Paul Lynch, Judy Roche (EIL Board) and Mark Moore (EIL Board).The Lynch Family have been hosting for a number of years and their three young children absolutely love having international students stay. THey have formed very strong bonds with their past students and the family even paid a visit to a past student recently, as part of their family holiday. Last year, Debbie and Paul helped their student recover from emergency surgery, it was a rather challenging time for the student and the family. The way in which the Lynch Family dealt with this situation is testament to their kind and caring nature.
Susan Maguire, Local Coordinator from the Navan area nominated the Reid Family. L-R Paul Conway (EIL Board), Susan Maguire, Paul Reid, Shane Reid, Judy Roche (EIL Board) and Mark Moore (EIL Board).The Reid Family have been hosting students for EIL since 2008 and they must be doing something right because their students continue to return to their home in Navan! Paula and Alan hope that by hosting students, their own children learn a lot about other cultures and languages and the whole experience broadens their minds. Paula and Alan have dealt with any challenging situations with admirable empathy and professionalism.
Nuala Rooney, Local Coordinator from the Drogheda area nominated the Doran Family. L-R: Paul Conway (EIL Board), Nuala Rooney, Rosaleen Doran, Emmette Doran, Judy Roche (EIL Board) and Mark Moore (EIL Board).The Doran Family have been known to go to great lengths to make their students feel at home. Emmette and Rosaleen love the company of the students and Emmette would talk to the students for hours about where the student lives, their culture and their lives at home. This is a family that really gives its students the time and energy needed for a student to feel comfortable in a new environment.