What can you expect from EIL?
The EIL office in Cork City is just a small part of what makes up EIL. The day to day operations of the organisation are carried out by a full time team of 8 staff members who work hand-in-hand with dedicated network of local coordinators situated throughout Ireland. The EIL Network has hundreds of participating families as well as past participants who contribute to making EIL better each year. We commit to never leaving a family stranded in a crisis should there be one and will always be there to support and assist you in finding solutions. The local coordinator is available to help in your area of the country and we also operate an emergency number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in cases of urgency, which is always manned by a member of staff.
- Screen students thoroughly to asess that they are suitably mature and motivated to participate in an exchange programme.
- Send family, school and community information to the student prior to arrival to help them be prepared before arriving to Ireland.
- Provide the host family with a complete student dossier so that you will have detailed background information before the student arrives.
- Meet each student shortly after they arrive in Ireland and through a workshop session make them aware of their support systems, programme rules and their responsibilities to the host family and school.
- Provide on-going support and advice to both student and host family throughout the programme.
- In the event of a dispute, mediate in an impartial way to try to help find a solution that everybody is happy with.
EIL will be organizing host family orientations starting in 2010. Please wait for details of the orientation date near you.