The Family English Language programmes offered are designed to suit each family’s needs and can include English for some or all of the family as well as a range of activities to suit all tastes.
Adult programmes include: General English, Intensive English, Business English, Exam Preparation, One to One or English Surfing, Golf and Horse riding.
Junior programmes include: The English and Activity programmes include surfing, riding and multi adventure (13 – 16 year old).
We have set weeks in 2018 dedicated to family courses including:
9 – 30 June 2019 4-25 August 2019
The age range for juniors accepted on the family programmes are 8 – 16 year olds
Adult English Classes
The English classes run every morning. Reading, writing, oral and listening are covered each day in the classes by fully qualified and professional teachers with a minimum of 4 years’ experience. The General English programme is an ‘all-round’ course, specially designed and conducted to encourage you to join in, grow in confidence and develop your knowledge and oral skills in good, practical English. Students are tested regularly to make sure they are at the right level. Class sizes are on average 9 students with a maximum of 12.
*We accept adults from elementary upwards. Adults at beginner level are offered one to one classes until they reach this level.
Students can then choose to further enhance their English language skills in the afternoon from the list mentioned above or opt for one of the adventure packages
Junior English Classes
All classes are taught in a fun and interactive manner with the main focus being on conversation and learning through fun and relevant topics to the students age. All English Language classes are 15 contact hours per week.
The syllabus on both the adult and junior programme has been developed specifically to engage students so that they learn not only through teacher instructions but also by doing, sharing their thoughts, ideas and stories with students from all over the world
Adult Activity Programme
Bundoran is known as the surf capital of Ireland. So it is a great place to learn or advance in surfing. All levels are catered for in our surfing camps. With numerous beaches and breaks on our doorstep, there is a beach to suit every level. Tuition is provided by our fully qualified instructors. All equipment is also provided.
With over 45 horses and ponies to choose from, each guest receives a horse for the duration suited to their level*. The Adult English and Trail Riding runs for approximately 2.5 hours each day. Students ride around 2 hours with the other time dedicated to horse The activities include beach and mountain rides. Suitable for riders with some experience (competent at canter).
Presenting a challenging par 70, Bundoran golf course sweeps along the picturesque Donegal Bay coastline with a mixture of dunes and terrain making up the 18 holes. With endless views of the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the magnificent Dartry Mountains to the east, you are blessed with 360 degree superb panoramic views no matter what hole you are playing. Included is 3 golf lessons per week, equipment and use of golf course and putting green.
Junior Activity Programme
All levels are catered for in our surfing camps. With numerous beaches and breaks on our doorstep, there is a beach to suit every level. Tuition and analysis is provided by our fully qualified instructors. All equipment is also provided.
With over 45 horses and ponies to choose from, each guest receives a pony for the duration suited to their level*. The Horse Riding runs from 9.30 – 12 pm or 2 – 4.30 pm every day, Monday to Friday. The activities include fun and games, beach rides on our 10 km stretch of beach, treks through our rolling sand dunes, lessons, trail rides, lunging, flatwork, jumping cross country for the novice upwards (weather dependent) and stable management.
Multi Adventure (13 – 16 years old)
The multi adventure programme includes a variety of activities including horse riding, surfing, arts and crafts, beach games, music and drama workshops.
Multi Adventure (8-12 years old)
(This programme runs for a half or full day and is an option for students who do not wish to participate in English classes, the prices are not listed on the fees and are €300 for the half day option per week or €495 per week for the full day option )
The multi adventure programme includes a variety of activities including climbing, abseiling, surfing, kayaking, low ropes and team games.
** Note – on occasion if the students 8 – 10 years, have little or no English, we may introduce English through play, whereby the students will learn English through the medium of outdoor activities and there are no classroom based activities.
Parents who prefer not to join the language programmes, can spend their free time discovering the North West coast of Ireland. We are ideally positioned in counties Donegal but within a short distance of counties Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Derry.
Bundoran, popularly known as Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort and Surf Capital, is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean along the Wild Atlantic Way. This is an ideal place to live, visit, or simply to relax. Bundoran and the surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and facilities to suit all tastes.
Bundoran has been the destination choice of tourists since the 18th century. It has everything expected of a seaside town along with breathtaking countryside, stunning coastlines.
Annual festivals in and around Bundoran provide excellent opportunities for international visitors to make friends easily. These include Sea Sessions, Rory Gallagher Festival, October Country Music Festival and Ballyshannon Folk Festival to name but a few.
With many traditional Irish pubs offering live music, nightclubs, shows, restaurants, it is easy to find something to do during the evenings.
For the outdoor enthusiast activities include golf, hill walking, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, deep sea fishing and cycling.
If you are coming with the family , there is a wide range of activities to choose including bowling, cinema, waterworld, adventure park, indoor play centre
Whichever course is chosen, Bundoran provides a good base for travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way including Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Castle, Lisadell House, Mullaghmore, Glencar Waterfalls, Sligo Town, Parkes Castle, Omagh Folk Park to name a few.
Students can also easily visit some of Ireland’s major cities and cultural sites.
Sligo 30 minutes Derry 1.5 hours
Galway 2.5hours Belfast 2.5hours
Dublin 3 hours
Donegal English Language School provides premium accommodation through our Residential Centre and a selection of Host Families. Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast and Hotel Accommodation can also be booked.
Our adult residential accommodation is situated in 2 locations; both are less than one minute’s walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay and 5 minutes walk from the school and town center.
Zephyr Lodge: The house is very spacious with sitting room, dining room and a well equipped kitchen and free WIFI. All rooms are ensuite and we offer private rooms or room share. Some rooms offer sea views. Arrival and departure is Sunday. Check in is from 4 pm and departure 11 am.
Casa Del Mar: Is a Period house (100 years old), newly renovated to a high spec. It's ideally located with amazing views of the mountains one side and Donegal Bay on the other. Most rooms are ensuite or have a shared bathroom and we offer private rooms or room share. The rooms are very spacious with sitting room, dining room and a well equipped kitchen and free WIFI. Arrival and departure is Sunday. Check in is from 4 pm and departure 11 am. (Please note that in June, July and August, that guests use the sitting room and dining room from Zephyr)
We work with a select number of hosts that offer a warm welcome and a home from home experience. All Homestays are within 5 – 15 minutes of the school and Town. A private en-suite room with half-board accommodation is offered (breakfast and an evening meal). Lunch can be offered for an additional fee.
Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Accommodation
We work closely with a select number of self catering providers, bed and breakfasts and hotels all within a short distance of the school. Please let us know your choice and we will organise your preferred accommodation.
Portbeg Holiday Homes is one of the Self Catering providers we work with. You can receive a 5% discount if you use the promo code “DELS” when booking. Your discount is only valid if booked online with the promo code.
Peak View is a beautiful two bedroom apartment overlooking Donegal Bay. It is situated 100 yards off the shore in the middle of town and 10 minutes’ walk from the language school in Bundoran. The apartment accommodates up to 4 people.
Family Fees 2019
Dates running 9-30 June & 4-25 August 2019
Accommodation fees not included in programmes below.
|Adult General English 15 hours of English | 2 evening activities | full day excursion||€255||€500|
|Adult General English & Trail Riding (includes half day trail rides) | 2 evening activities | full day excursion | lunch Monday – Friday | local transfers Riding experience necessary||€720||€1420|
|Adult General English & Surfing | lunch Monday to Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion| local transfers||€610||€1195|
|Adult General English & Golf | lunch Monday to Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion| local transfers||€640||€1260|
|Junior English 15 hours of English |2 evening activities | full day excursion||€255||€500|
|Junior English and Horse Riding | lunch Monday – Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion | local transfers Riding experience necessary||€625||€1230|
|Junior English and Surfing lunch Monday to Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion| local transfers||€575||€1130|
|Junior English and Multi Activity | lunch Monday to Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion| local transfers | 13 – 16 years old only||€525||€1030|
|Junior English and Golf | lunch Monday to Friday | 2 evening activities | full day excursion| local transfers||€590||€1160|
|Adult Host Family Stay (September – June) €190 (July – August) €200 Adults not participating in any programmes with DELS €225||Junior Host Family Stay Only (September – June) €190 (July – August) €200|
|Holiday Homes €350 – €800 depending on size and time of year. Please contact us for further detail||Residential:(September – June) €210 (July- August) €230. Based on private ensuite room with continental breakfast|
1.We accept Juniors from 8 – 10 years accompanied by their parents as well as 11 – 17 years old.
2.Families who opt for host family have breakfast and dinner with the family.
3. Families who opt for residential have breakfast only. Self catering facilities available. Lunch Monday to Friday included in English and activity programmes only.
4. No refund will be made if a student makes alternative accommodation arrangements during their stay with us. No allowance is made for absence during stay or for late arrival or early
5. Surfing is suitable for students of beginner to advanced level | Intermediate and Advanced tuition is on soft top Torque boards. If you would prefer to bring your own board or surf on a hard board, we have a specifc camp running August 11th – 25th. €110 supplement per week for this camp.
6. The English and Riding programme is suitable for students with some riding experience (competent at canter and above). It is not suitable for beginners.
7. Local transfers are offered to and from activities. Parents must arrange collection and drop off to/from the school each day.
8. If young students have a low level of English we may introduce learn through play & outdoor activities
9. Airport Transfers from Dublin are €70 each way in peak season (April, June – 25 August 2019) Collections are between 11 am – 6 pm and drop offs are between 11 am – 6.00 pm on a Sunday. The transfer fee for a private transfer is €240 one way(1-2 persons). Transfers are grouped together, students will have to wait for the arrival/ departure of other students.
10. We also offer collections from Knock airport which has flights from Germany, Italy, France and Spain. For an individual transfer the fee is €95 one way and if sharing the transfer the fee is €50 per person. There is also a public bus every two hours which costs €16. We then offer free collection/drop off from the local bus stop.
11. European citizens must bring a EHIC European Health Insurance card (E128). Medical Insurance can be arranged at a cost of approximately.
€40 for four weeks or under
€50 for six weeks or under
• An administration fee of €40 applies to all accommodation booked.
• A fee of €45 per week applies to students who have special dietary requests eg nut allergy, celiac. A fee of €15 per week applies to students who are lactose intolerant.
• Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less.
• On Bank Holiday Mondays (17 March, 22 April, 6 May, 3 June, & 28 October 2019), there will be no English classes, students are offered an excursion in place.