Nowadays, English is the most spoken language in the world. Knowing English opens up many opportunities, including traveling and communicating with people from all over the world. For students, proficiency in a second language is an important qualification to include in their curriculum vitae. It means having a better chance of getting a specialized job, especially abroad.
For this reason, more and more families decide to organize holidays in English for their children, so that they can learn the language to the fullest.
A stay in English can offer much more than teaching a second language. For students, it also means immersing yourself in a new culture, making new acquaintances and new experiences. Families see a study trip as a good opportunity to introduce their children to a new culture. This will certainly benefit the future and the capacity of the young person, who will be more responsible and able to build more relationships and job opportunities.
The choice of destination country largely depends on personal preferences, budget and learning goals. For Italian and European families in general, the favorite destinations are usually Great Britain and Ireland. The choice between city or countryside is made on the basis of a few considerations. Some parents prefer quieter places, perhaps where there are facilities where their children can practice their favorite sport. Others, on the other hand, prefer the dynamism of the urban environment, full of stimuli and opportunities to learn about the history and culture of the place.
More and more families are considering sending their children to Ireland to attend summer English courses. There are a number of reasons behind this choice.
First of all, the Irish are very sociable and welcoming people. For parents this is an important factor, as they are looking for a welcoming place where their children can feel at ease. For many young people, an English holiday is their first experience alone abroad. Therefore it is essential that they are able to settle in a short time. That's why the most popular solution is to find a host family, where they can make friends with kids their own age and spend time together.
Another plus point is safety. Ireland is a safe country where the crime rate is very low when compared to other European countries.
Usually families decide whether to choose the city or the village. Ireland offers the best of both worlds and the choice largely depends on the personal preferences of the family and the young person.
Ireland boasts numerous cities that offer a dynamic culture, outstanding educational perspectives and an array of activities to discover.
They are a great option for those who want to spend an English holiday immersed in Irish culture and history.
Favorite destinations include Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork.
Renowned as a center of attraction for international students, Dublin offers a wide range of cultural, educational and leisure activities for students. Its attractions include numerous museums, galleries and theatres, as well as the famous Dublin Castle. Students from around the world can immerse themselves in the vibrant music and arts scene, with concerts, festivals and events held throughout the year adding to the city's allure.
Galway and Cork are two interesting alternatives. Indeed, they offer a good location for outdoor activities and to enjoy the Irish countryside.
Galway is undoubtedly one of the best Irish cities for an English holiday. The iconic Latin Quarter, where charming pubs and shops abound, and the enchanting Cliffs of Moher are just two of the many sights waiting to be explored.
Located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is a perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors, offering activities such as kayaking, surfing, hiking and cycling.
Limerick boasts a strategic location which makes it an ideal starting point for exploring other parts of Ireland. Here too you can practice various sports in the open air and at sea, such as windsurfing and sailing.
The same can be said of Cork in the south of Ireland. The coastal city is famous for its music and art festivals and offers one of the most fascinating landscapes. It is also an excellent destination for those who want to go for walks or bike rides to discover new places.
In addition to cities, families can choose between Irish villages. Irish cities are quite versatile and offer a starting point for exploring the surrounding landscapes as well. The villages, on the other hand, are more peaceful places, immersed in nature, where you can experience culture and traditions.
Ireland is divided into counties, and each of them has something fascinating to offer.
County Kerry is well suited to nature explorers thanks to the Ring of Kerry, a 111-mile tourist trail that promises visitors an extraordinary journey around the Iveragh Peninsula from Killarney. Killarney National Park offers picturesque lakes, waterfalls, ruined abbeys and castles.
The west coast, in County Galway, offers some of the most distinctive landscapes in Ireland. With impressive cliffs, abandoned castles and endless beaches to discover, this area is a nature lover's paradise. The same goes for County Clare, which is more known for its natural settings where you can relax and enjoy walking.
The Irish countryside therefore offers an opportunity to always be in contact with unspoiled and peaceful places that allow you to practice outdoor activities when you want. They are ideal for students who normally live in cities and are looking for something different for their holidays.
If you are still undecided between a city or a village, Hebe will be able to advise you on the most suitable solution for what you are looking for. Depending on your needs, you can find the most suitable place to plan a stay in English for your children. Hebe will introduce you to some of the local host families and put you in touch with them. All host families are personally verified by both Hebe and the Irish authorities, so you don't have to worry about your child. Also for the trip you will be advised on the best options for minors, especially if it is their first flight abroad alone.