Equinox Education Services have a long-established, warm and welcoming host family network throughout Ireland who are available to accommodate individual students during their academic placements and groups for our bespoke programmes and during our busy summer period.

Our team is always looking meet the demands of additional student programmes in Ireland so we welcome enquiries through the year from families wishing to partner with us in delivering unforgettable, immersive experiences for our students as well as supplementing their income.

Why Host?

Some of our partner families have been hosting with us for many years and find the experience extremely rewarding. When you are hosting a student or a visitor, you become an ambassador of not only our beautiful County, but also of our Country.  Irish People have a lot to offer and hosting is a great opportunity to demonstrate our family values, our famed friendliness and of course our sense of community.

Each year we welcome an increasing number of students from all over the world to our participate in our programmes and it is of utmost importance that each student has individual care and attention so that they go home after their stay with us happy, satisfied and showing a marked improvement in their use of the English language. The host family experience is an essential component of this.

The team at Equinox are very appreciative of the hospitality and friendliness our host families have shown students during the past years and many of the long-lasting friendships between our students and their hosts are a great testament to this.

How do I apply?

There are a number of ways of getting in touch. Our host family services are overseen by Cathy Stevenson our Host Family Coordinator. Cathy has the important task of liaising and managing the more than 500 host families that Equinox Education Services partner with. She deals with all aspects of the host family application process, accommodation inspections, Garda Vetting and student placements.

Cathy Stevenson – Host Family Coordinator

She can be contacted by phone on (059) 9179340 or by email on

Alternatively, you can download our host family application forms directly from our website from the attached links (click on description below): –

The Long Form for written applications

The Short form for On-Line Applications

Please note that all applicants will be required to be Garda Vetted and their home will need to be inspected prior to approval. Full terms and conditions will be sent to all applicants.

For our terms and conditions and guidelines for Hosting please click on the adjacent link: – Host Family Guidelines

We look forward to hearing from you soon!