Host Families

Would you like to open your home and your family to the experience of hosting an international exchange student? EIL Intercultural Learning, a not-for-profit cultural exchange organisation, has a variety of programmes which promote homestay experiences in Ireland. We are always on the look out for new families who are happy to open their home and their hearts to indviduals who have a genuine curiosity to learn about the Irish way of life and a desire to form meaningful relationships which we hope will last a lifetime.


What makes EIL different?

We believe that EIL is different from exchange organisations you may have heard about.

  • EIL is a not-for-profit organisation that provides cultural immersion activities, through a range of different programmes for about 2000 people each year.
  • EIL is not a language school or a student boarding agency.
  • EIL was first introduced into Ireland in 1960 and today is one of the key members of the EIL Federation which is an international not for profit network with a presence in 20 countries around the world
  • EIL is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors all of whom are former participants on EIL programmes. These directors receive no payment for their work.
  • EIL was recognized as a Peace Messenger organization in 1989 by the United Nations Secretary General.
  • EIL places Child Welfare and Protection at the centre of all safety procedures and guidelines
  • EIL appoints and trains coordinator who must live and work in your local community. This person is responsible for providing 24/7 support to the student, host family and school for the duration of the programme.
  • EIL gives back to Irish communities in the form of Travel Awards and scholarships funded by The Trust for Education in International Living. Since it was founded in 1994 The Trust has assisted over 510 people at a cost of €380,000 to explore other cultures.

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