The English and Work Experience Programme is the ideal way for students to further improve their English language level and gain experience working in an international setting.  This programme is ideal for university students, graduates and young professionals aged 18+ years, who have a minimum English level of Intermediate.

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.

Students must take a minimum 4 week English language course with DELS before starting their work placement.

Work placements are available for a period of at least 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. Work placements are unpaid. Please note that students must provide a CV before work placement is confirmed. While students are on work experience they are continually monitored by our Work Experience Co-ordinator who liaises with the company if there are any queries or problems.


8 Weeks prior to arrival, students must send through the following: • Detailed CV • Letter of Motivation

Before arrival

• Telephone interview may be required • Course and accommodation organised to suit confirmed internship • Course and accommodation details provided to student

Internship Start

• Support and mentoring throughout internship • Social activities organised • Assistance with work, school or general paperwork

Work Placements up to 4 weeks – students cannot specify sector or type of work Work placements 4 – 12 weeks – students can request the sector or type of work they are looking for but this will not be guaranteed.

Commencement Dates (programme is not open in July or August)

The English language training element of this programme begins every Monday throughout the year (except when a public holiday occurs on a Monday).

Work Experience Sectors

We provide work experience in the following sectors

  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Office
  • Charity
  • Leisure



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

Our Second Center of Donegal Language School, located in Bundoran Retail Park - Station Road, Bundoran - Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94 XK03 .


Donegal English Language School provides premium accommodation through our Residential Centre and a selection of Host Families.  Self CateringBed & 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: Address - Sheene avenue, West End, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94K194

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: Address - West End, Magheracar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94 P8Y9

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  : Address - 10-12 West End, Magheracar, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94E6HD 

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.

Please contact us for more details.