Host families

Host Family Newsletter

Through the host family programme, the Lycée Français d’Irlande offers students whose parents do not live in Ireland the possibility to come to Dublin to follow the French curriculum and improve their English.

Our mission

Our role is to offer accommodation to all the guest students.  We act as a link between the host families, the students and their parents.  The host family service does not deal with educational questions.  It is up to the year heads at LFI to ensure there is communication between the teaching staff and the parents.

Administrative conditions

The programme is not available by the school term, only for one or more complete academic years.

A host family is sought once your child’s academic file has been accepted by the school.  An offer of a place will be sent to you if the selection commission gives a positive answer (January/February).  If you accept this offer, the coordinator will then get in touch with you once the school fees and administrative costs have been paid. The selection of a host family takes place between 10th May and 10th July.

A contract will be sent to the families for agreement between the two parties.

Students are expected to return home for the school holidays.  If a student wishes to remain, the coordinator will attempt to accommodate this, but there is no guarantee.

Integration

The students can develop their independence and discover another culture while benefiting from a family structure.

Living with a host family requires the ability to adapt to a new environment.  The guest student’s guidelines that have to be signed at the start of the year emphasise the necessity of following the rules set by the host family (in consultation with the parents), and the idea that at all times, the students represent their school and their country.  The contract between the families stipulates that:

For the students and their familiesFor the host families
I agree to respect the rules of the host familyI will provide a warm, safe environment that fosters the acquisition of the language

If integration difficulties arise, the coordinator will open a dialogue between the student, the host family and the parents before a change of family is envisaged.  The service is managed like an ‘external’ boarding service.  Requests by the students or their families are considered but the decision to change is at the discretion of the coordinator and the principal.

We organise a cultural and integration programme at week-ends (one activity per term).  These outings, focussed on Irish culture and entertainment, give the pupils the chance to discover the country.

Contact us

Host family service coordinator: Valerie Egan
e-mail : hostfamily@lfi.ie
tel (school hours): +353(0)1 288 3152

CPE: Stéphanie Le boulaire
e-mail: viescolaire@lfi.ie
tel (school hours): +353(0)1 288 3150

In case of emergency: +353 (0) 872583504  (evenings and week-ends)

Host families

The host families are carefully selected on the basis of an individual interview paying particular attention to our students’ conditions of safety and well-being.

Our host families are located in the residential areas of the south Dublin suburbs.  Guest students have their own room.  The families do not take another French-speaking lodger at the same time but most take in pupils/students of other nationalities.

Accommodation is typically in a house rather than an apartment, and average travelling time from the house to the school is 45/50 minutes

The students’ accommodation is full board, to include a packed lunch to bring to school.

The guest students

Each year, we welcome students coming from all regions of France, including sometimes the overseas territories, and students from French schools abroad (in particular Spain).  There are therefore about fifty students living with host families.  They are divided between fourth, fifth and sixth year and are in class with French students living in Ireland.  The guest students generally represent half the numbers in senior cycle.

We sometimes take guest students from third year.  However, the number of places available varies each year depending on the number of resident students in this class.  Resident students have priority for enrolments.

The students get a lot of support, both moral and logistical, from the host families coordinator. However, the experience requires maturity and independence.

1. Contact the host family coordinator

Valerie Egan hostfamilies@lfi.ie

2. Garda Vetting requirement

Everyone in the family who is aged 16 or over must be Garda vetted.

  • Aged 18+:
    • NVB1 form completed with two forms of proof of identity e.g.  driving licence and passport or birth certificate.  See below for further information.
    • All  copies of forms of identity must be certified as true copies of the originals by the local Garda station.  If it is more convenient, you can come to the school during school hours where the ID verification process can occur.
    • However, each individual member of the family  aged 18+  would need to present themselves at the school for this ID verification process.
  • Aged 16 but under 18:
    • NVB3 form (parental consent form) to be completed and signed by the parent/guardian in addition to the NVB1 form.
    • Note: Parent’s email address and contact number needs to be provided on the NVB3 form.  Proof of identity requirements are less rigorous e.g. a passport will suffice.

Relevant proofs of identity must to be provided (totalling 100 points as below):

80 pointsIrish driving licence/learner permit (new card format); Irish Public Services Card (with photo)
70 pointsPassport (from country of citizenship)
50 pointsIrish certificate of naturalisation; Birth certification; GNIB card; National Identity Card (EU/EEA/Swiss)
40 pointsIrish driving licence (old paper format); Public services card/medical card/social services card with photo
35 pointsEmployment ID card from employer with name and address; Letter from employer within last two years confirming name and address;  P60/P45/Payslip (with home address); Utility bill (less than 6 months old – not mobile phone bill); Bank/Building Society/Credit Union Statement
25 pointsEmployment ID card with name only; Public services card/social services/medical card without photo

i. Vetting invitation will be issued by JMB and sent to your email address.
ii. Complete the vetting disclosure in a timely manner.
iii. Inform school when evetting  on line application is completed.
iv. Evetting result is emailed to the school.
v. School will email you with a copy of vetting disclosure.

3. Home Visit

Upon satisfactory completion of the Garda Vetting process for each member of the prospective host family, a meeting is organised with the family in their home.  The host family is provided with the guidelines on hosting students, which they must sign in order to be placed on the host family list. Guidelines are signed by the host family.  Referees may be requested by the school at this meeting.

Various costs

  • Host family service fee: €800/year: paid to LFI
  • Cost of lodgement with host family: around €220/week
    • Paid in advance directly to the host family on the first of each month by bank transfer
    • Host families of grant students are paid at the end of the month
    • Payment to the host family is due throughout the school year even in the case of absence (for exceptional prolonged absences arrangements must be made with the host family)
    • No payment during the school holidays, unless the student is staying with the family by special agreement (to be obtained in advance)

–  Bus/Tram:

The Leap card is a payment card for all public transport in Dublin. Payment by Leap card is at a reduced rate.
Average cost of travel to school: around 10 euros a week
https://www.leapcard.ie

–  Aircoach :
Aircoach is a shuttle used by all our students for journeys to and from the airport.l’aéroport
Please click on link for information
http://www.aircoach.ie

Air travel – unaccompanied minors under 16

Some airlines will not allow unaccompanied minors under 16 to fly and others impose certain conditions. We advise students’ families to check the conditions for flying with individual airlines before booking. It is the sole responsibility of the student’s family to ensure that any conditions can be met.

For information, students under the age of 16 are not authorised to travel alone on Ryanair flights.

Unaccompanied minors under 16 can travel alone with Aer Lingus but a form of indemnity must be completed (https://www.aerlingus.com/media/pdfs/unaccompanied_minor_form.pdf ). Unfortunately, this document cannot be completed and signed in advance. It must be done at the Aer Lingus check-in desk.

Some host families offer a service which includes accompanying students to the airport and signing this form at check-in for a fee of €50 per trip.

Doctor

In the case of illness, host families should make any appointments they consider necessary.  The host family coordinator is available to offer any assistance needed.

Students must have an valid European Health Insurance Card (check the expiry date) to cover the full cost of GP visits and some medicines.

Without this card, a medical visit costs between €50 and €60.

French-speaking doctor
Dr Conor Maguire
Glencairn Medical Centre
Leopardstown Valley
Ballyogan Road
Dublin 18

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