Welcome to the English and Surf Programme at Donegal English Language School, Bundoran, Co Donegal. Bundoran is known as “Ireland's Surf Capital” and offers a wide array of waves to suit all levels.
"Hi everybody ! I want to say you that I enjoyed Ireland and the DELS, I had a good craic !
Furthermore thank you a lot for all. Good job to the DELS's staff. I am happy to meet you. I must come back to Ireland ! See you" Lara Sirecki, Adult English and Surfing, France 2018
"I enjoyed a lot the surf and the new friends I met this year at Donegal. The English course was very good with an excellent teacher. I want to thank you and all you colleges for the nice vacations." Jerome De Caters, France 2018
"Thank you very much for the cake. It was a great surprize …You make your school very personal, I like it here and now I know why I didn’t compare your school at home with others … I saw this place and my feelings said to me … this is the place you wanna go ,-).I hope you understand what I mean ;-)." Claudia, CAE Preparation, Switzerland 2018
Adult Social Activities
To ensure that students enjoy their stay with us and immerse themselves in Irish culture and way of life, we organise regular activities, social and cultural events including:
-Tour of Bundoran -Water activities
-Team building events -Nature and seaside explorations
-Irish history and culture lesson -BBQ’s
-Movie nights -Traditional pub nights out
-Bowling nights -Gaelic football
-Celli nights -Irish Music and dance show
-Quiz nights -Photo and video competitions
-Food days -Book club
-Weekly cultural excursions to places including Glenveagh National Park, Queen Meabh’s Grave and Sligo town, Slieve League, Lisadell House, Parkes castle, Marble Arch Caves and Derry City.
* The number of evening activities organised varies according to the number of students in English Language Courses but is generally two – three per week.
What is included in the course?
A welcome pack on arrival
5 Surfing tuition sessions
15 contact hours of English per week
A social activity programme
Local transfers to school and activities. No bus or train tickets needed
A teachers report & certificate of attendance & achievement
Free bike rental on a first come first served basis (host family)
Free transfers from BallyshannonAbout our Surf Centre
We offer quality coaching with experienced, qualified, local surfers. Our aim is to ensure your surfing skills progress in a fun and safe environment. We believe we can help you achieve your surfing goals by keeping groups small and providing personal attention to each student. Regular feedback is always given to students to ensure progression. We have a range of different boards for you to try, so you can progress
– all sizes of boards from 5’11 up to 9 foot
- 5/3mm wetsuits and 3mm boots provided
– changing rooms, hot showers and post surf hot chocolate provided
- 4 surf spots within a short driving distance
– male and female surf shop with 10% discount exclusive to Donegal English Language School students. (does not include Surf Co, own brand t-shirts and hoodies).
Our lessons are broken into three categories
Beginners: This is an introduction course to surfing. We work on the correct techniques to position on the board, paddle, getting through the waves and stand up. At this level our goal is to get you surfing the white water on your own, with a basic knowledge of currents, etiquette and technique. Ratio of students to instructor 1:8 max. We use a range of beginner soft boards from 7 foot to 9 foot.
Intermediate: Students focus on surfing techniques such as effective paddling, wave knowledge and selection, take off and bottom turning, trimming and duck diving. The courses also focus on surfing etiquette. We use video analysis to correct faults when appropriate. Ratio of students to instructor 1:8 max. We use a range of Torq intermediate soft top boards from 5’11 to 7’6.
Advanced: We are happy to accept students at advanced level. Please note that you will receive tuition on a Torq intermediate soft top board. Students work mainly on posture correction and technique, timing, positioning, turns and wave selection. We use video analysis to correct faults when appropriate. Ratio of students to instructor 1:8 max. We use a range of Torq intermediate soft top boards from 5’11 to 7’6. If you would prefer to surf on your own board or a hard board, we recommend that you join our advanced group hardboard group from August 11th – 25th
Own boards can only be brought, if joining the advanced programme mid to end august.
A minimum of five students and max of 12 is needed for the advanced programme to run. If there are less than five students, the students will move to the intermediate programme. The advanced programme runs last 2 weeks of august and students have a full range of hard boards to choose from – sizes 6’1 to 8’0. Ratio of students to instructor 1:6 and the instructor is level 2 ISA approved. Video analysis used if, and when conditions are suitable. Extra cost of the advanced programme is €110 per person. This is refunded if we do not meet the required student numbers.
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. Here is a SURF GUIDE of all the local spots where you can enjoy surfing when you are here.
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.
Ocean Wild 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.
Activity Programmes Residential
English & Surfing (March – September)
Residential accommodation for the English & Activity package is Zephyr Lodge or Casa Del Mar. The programmes include tuition, shared room, half board (breakfast 7 morning per week and lunch Monday to ~Friday only) 5 afternoons of your chosen activity, social activity package and local transfers. A private room can be included for an additional fee of €90 per week.
Activity Programmes Homestay
English & Surfing (March – September)
Homestay accommodation for the English & activity package. The programmes include tuition, a private room, full board Monday to Friday and half board (Breakfast & Dinner) at the weekends, 5 afternoons of chosen activity, social activity package and local transfers.
Course Book General and Intensive English
Programme booking fee
1. Zephyr Lodge ResidentialAccommodation (includes continental breakfast)Additional night in shared/private accommodation €32/€42 to be added.
€210 per week (shared room)
€300 (private room)
€230 per week (shared room)
€320 (private room)
2.Host Family (includes half board, breakfast & dinner)
€195 per week (single room)
€205 per week (single room)
€225 per week (not on language course)
3. Casa Del Mar (residential, self-catering)
€160 per week (twin room)
€250 per week (private room)
€180 per week (twin room)
€270 per week (private room)
Activity programme Notes
Social Programme we offer a wide variety of social activities. Most adult fees are included within your course fee. Some entry fees are not included and you will be notified in advance of these fees.
1.Zephyr Lodge Accommodation is a superior residential accommodation situated beside the Atlantic coast and within 5 minutes’ walk of the school and the town centre. 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 Saturday/Sunday (September – June) and Sunday only (July –August). Check in is from 4 pm and departure 11 am.
2.We also work with a select number of host families that provide a home from home experience. Students who opt for host family have breakfast and dinner with the family every day. A private room is offered. WIFI is available in all families.
3.Casa Del Mar accommodation is a superior residential accommodation situated beside the Atlantic coast and within 5 minutes’ walk of the school and the town centre. The house is very spacious with sitting room, dining room and a well equipped kitchen and free WIFI. Some rooms are ensuite or have shared bathroom and we offer private rooms or room share. some rooms offer sea views. Arrivals 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.
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 departures.
5.Airport Transfers from Dublin are €70 each way in peak season (April, June to mid-September) Collections are between 11 am – 6 pm and drop offs are between 11 am – 6.00 pm on a Sunday. Transfers are grouped together, students will have to wait for the arrival/departure of other students.
Alternatively there is a public bus that runs every two hours from the airport and the cost is €19.50 one way. This bus goes to Ballyshannon. We then offer free collection/drop off between 9am – 8 pm. Outside of this time a taxi can be arranged. Taxis are approximately €10 one way.
6.The fee for a private transfer is €240 one way.
7.We also offer collections from Knock airport which has flights from Italy. 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 and costs €16. We then offer free collection/drop off from the local bus stop.
8.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 | €55 for 12 weeks or under | €125 for 52 weeks
9.Text book (all books and materials are included for programmes of 1 week only)
10.For courses of more than one week, books must be purchased at €35. Books for Exam Preparation programmes are €65.
• A private room can be included for €90 (per week)
• An administration fee of €25 applies to all accommodation booked.
• There is a booking fee of €50 for all programmes
• 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. Full board can be included for €160 per week
• Lunch (Monday to Friday) can be included for €40 per week. Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less.
• Group tuition is only suitable for students of English level pre-intermediate upwards on all adult programmes. For students below this level we recommend the one to one programme
• The fee for selecting a private room in residential accommodation on the English and Activity programmes is €70 per week
• 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.
• Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less
• Group tuition is only suitable for students of English pre-intermediate level upwards.For students below this level we recommend the one to one programme.