Local language school, The Language Place, based in Francis Street, recently played host to a group of 20 adults from Gran Canaria, none of whom had ever visited Ireland before.
The group spent one week from April 16 to April 23, in the Dundalk school learning English while also taking part in a full programme of activities and excursions which showcased some of the best of what our local area has to offer.
Managing Director of The Language Place, and organiser of the trip, Richard Keogh, said that the trip gave a nice boost to the local economy as, apart from day trips to Dublin and Belfast, all the money generated from the trip was spent locally. Horseriding in Oak Tree Stables, Bellurgan, Newgrange followed by canoeing on the Boyne with Celtic Adventures, an Irish cooking lesson in Ghan house, Carlingford, as well as historical visits to Mellifont, Monasterboice and Trim Castle kept the students busy when their classes finished.
“We always use local organizations to entertain our students”, says Richard. “During our summer programmes, when we host up to 60, we also take them to Ravensdale Equestrian Centre, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Irish Country Quads in Iniskeen and Whiteriver Karting in Collon”.
New to their summer programme this year are trips to Air Bound Trampoline Park and the new Omniplex cinema.
As always, the students were housed in local families, which also contributed to the local economy. “Our host families are probably our greatest selling point”, added Richard. “Without them we would not be able to offer these courses.
The families we have worked with for the last five years have given us a great reputation for excellence in this service and we are extremely grateful to them”.
The 20 adults from the Canary Islands are all students of the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (EOI) in Gran Canaria. The EOI is Spain’s government supported language learning school and there are branches throughout Spain.
“Being asked to organise this course was a great endorsement of The Language Place”, said Richard’s wife and Academic Director, Annemarie. “We hope to bring more EOI groups to Dundalk between July and October.”
It proved to be a very busy week for the Canarian students. With such a great programme on offer, they certainly left Dundalk with some great memories. Best of all, they promised to bring the sunshine back with them when they return!
If you would like to host adults or teenagers for The Language Place in July 2016: 042 9320729 087 2297473 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our online form www.thelanguageplace.ie