Our ‘Host Family’ network was developed and is still run by Catherine Barron, our Accommodation and Home Liaison Officer. It has been in operation since 1997 so Catherine is a real expert in the area.

High quality accommodation is a key part of our programme.

Respect and Care are the key words.

Catherine asks: ‘Would I be happy for my child to stay here and would I feel that my child is safe?’ 

The huge number of students who ask to stay in the same host family each year highlights the excellence of our host families!

  • Learners who are staying in homes located far from the school are driven to and from school every day. All learners are driven to and collected from evening activities and events. 
  • Most important is the visiting learner’s safety. Part of Department of Education regulations is that all host families must be vetted by the Irish Police Force. We support this regulation as it protects all parties, most importantly the visiting children.
  • Visitors are expected to help out around the house by tidying up after themselves, keeping their room tidy and leaving the bathroom clean after themselves.

Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.