Would your family like to host a student?

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For Host Families

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.

Supports For Host Families

We are here to help.
You’ll find FAQs, Literature On Our Programs, Application Forms and Information On Our Policies by Visiting Our Support Centre.

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 cstevenson@equinox4study.com

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!

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Our Award Winning Approach

At Equinox Education Services we select the most suitable programs that are located in great places, offering you lots of things to see and plenty of things to do. All of our programs are tailor-made to enrich your journey towards learning culture and learning your language ability, while at the same time broadening your horizons and opening your mind and gaining fluency. You will get to do this with people who enjoy and appreciate the experience as much as you do.

Meet The Team

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make new friends and have a trip of a lifetime? Would you like to explore new cultures, learn new languages and experience life through a different point of view?

We pride ourselves in finding the right programs for you, whether it is learning Japanese and Calligraphy in Kyoto, to going to High school in the Hawaii. Equinox Education Services is here for YOU!

I am 20 years old and currently studying business administration in Germany. As part of my studies I was given the opportunity to take an internship abroad. I selected Ireland for my internship country because from an early age I have always wanted to travel to Ireland where the scenery is so beautiful and natural. I spent three weeks working in Ireland and found the country so gorgeous and all people friendly and lovable. On weekends I visited various towns and cities and which were all unique and lovely. Ireland is so multifarious. There are beautiful Cliffs in places such as Howth Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, which contrast so much with modern cities like Dublin. Not forgetting the little Irish Pubs with live music and Guinness, which all made for an unforgettable experience. I enjoyed my time in Ireland and I’m definitely coming back!
Rica Schewnerko


I think this is one of merits of studying abroad in Ireland. You can find different cultures between your countries, and you can learn new things. You can find new way of thinking, and you can think about new choices. Studying in Ireland will make you change yourself, and it’s really good opportunity to make yourself different. I think I changed a lot after I came to Ireland. I met a lot of people in here, and they told me about their experiences of their life. I was shocked a lot, and impressed with their opinions, because all these thinking were absolutely new things for me. If I didn’t take this opportunity to come to Ireland to study, I wouldn’t know these precious opinions from foreigners. Their opinions were sometimes about school, about personality, jobs, or lifestyle. All of these became big help for me in thinking about my future, school life, everything. Ireland was great experience for me, and it will be great memory for me throughout whole my life. I hope you can also meet great people, see great places, and have great moments from your exchange experience. It wasn’t easy, but I can affirm that the experience of studying in Ireland will change yourself and your life forever.
Masaki Masuda

Tokyo, Japan