Donegal English Language School welcomes you to the English and Surfing Camp based in Bundoran, County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way.  The camp is suitable for individuals traveling alone, with friends or groups.  We welcome students from over 14 countries and would love to welcome you.

Our dates for 2020 are:

Easter: 05 April - 26 April

Summer: 07 June - 6 September

Halloween: 22 October - 29 October

For further information click on the tabs above.

Are you interested in sending us a group of students? Check out what other group leaders have to say about DELS!

"We’re writing to you to say Thank You and to express gratitude to you and your school.  Arina is totally happy that she had the opportunity to be a student in your school. She got new friends, great new experience in English language studying, studying abroad  and surfing activity! Thank you very much also for such an excellent experience and thank you very much for your hospitality and sympathy.We hope that Arina will visit  your school again." Inna Kirril,  Spain 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
"My son Raffaele stayed three weeks in your school from 19th June to 10th July. It was not his first English camp, but it was the best one. He is really fond of everything he did and of the people he stayed with. Accommodation was nice and he loved the coordinator and the stories and the lyrics (the Irish ones) he told them. He loved surfing and the beautiful landscape of your country.  He loved even the English school. and all the people he met (coordinators, teachers, instructors, students). I would like to thank you so much because of the organization." Rafaelle Torelli, Italy 2018



About 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.

Evening Activities

Our evening activities include water sports, onsite discos, bowling, treasure hunts, cinema, art and music workshops,  talent shows, silly olympics,  outdoor sports, team building  etc.

Cultural Excursion

We also provide a cultural excursion along with an opportunity for the students to shop every Saturday.  Some of the destinations include:

  • Omagh Folk Park and Omagh Town
  • Go Kart Racing and Derry City
  • Slieve League and Donegal Town
  • Parkes Castle and Sligo Town
  • Lough Key National Park and Carrick on Shannon


Programme Details

  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • 5 surfing tuition sessions
  • 5 evening activities (3 if host family) and cultural excursion each week
  • A tailor made English language programme to suit you
  • Full board in residential or host family accommodation
  • Local transfers to school and activities. No bus or train tickets needed
  • A teachers report & certificate of attendance & achievement
  • Ages:  11 – 17 year old
  • We also run separate weeks every summer for students who are 8-11 years of age.  For more information, please contact us.
  • Level: From beginner to Advanced
  • Arrivals/Departures: Sunday only.  Groups may be accepted on other days, please contact us for further details
  • Surf Camp: We also offer a surf camp programme where the English classes in the morning are replaced by additional surf sessions.  Please contact us for further information.
  • Free WIFI
  • Free DELS bag


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





Junior Residential

Our Junior residential accommodation consists of Portbeg and Bundorwes

Portbeg a small complex of spacious 4 bedroom houses. The facilities of the house include 4 bedrooms, 3 to 4 bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, sitting room and all mod cons. The houses are situated in a quiet cul de sac less than one minute’s walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay and 15 minutes walk from the town centre.  There is a pedestrian walk way from the houses along the sea front to the town centre. The junior residential accommodation is based on 8 – 11 students (two to four students per room and 1 coordinator per house.

Bundrowes House, it is a  very large 7 bedroom house which comfortably sleeps up 20 students and 2 coordinators. The accommodation is a three minute drive from the main junior residential accommodation and language school and a five minute drive from the town centre.  It has beautiful sea and mountain views.

Where possible our student co-ordinator ensures nationality mix in each house which aids English language learning and cultural awareness.

Full board is included for the junior packages.

Host Family

All host families are personally known to us and ensure a warm Irish welcome to all guests. Generally there are 1/2/3 junior students per family. Juniors residing at host family have their lunch and dinner at the residential centre three evenings per week in order to ensure that they mix well with the other students.

Self Catering, Bed and 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.


Price 2020

Course Name


1 wk

2 wks

3 wks

4 wks

1 wk 1-2-1

English & Surfing (Easter, Halloween, 7 June - 30 August 2020)15 hours of General English, 5 afternoons of surf tuition, shared room residential/host family, full board & social activity package€890€1675€2520€3260€1355
English & Riding/Surfing (Easter, 7 June - 30 August 2020)15 hours of General English, 5 afternoons of riding/surfing tuition, shared room residential/host family, full board & social activity package€1695€2515€3290
English & Surfing/Multi Activity (Easter, 7 June - 30 August 2020)15 hours of General English, 5 afternoons of surfing/multi activity tuition, shared room residential/host family, full board & social activity package€1630€2435€3185
Surf Camp (7 – 21 June & 9-30 August 2020)10 surf sessions, shared room residential/host family, full board & social activity package €910€1785

Important programme dates

One week stays allowed -  Easter 5-26 April 2020 | 7-28 June 2020 | 2-30 August 2020 NO 1 week programmes during 28 June - 02 August

Not Included

Transfers  - see belowLactose intolerant Students where meals are included€20Host family fee supplement (June, July, August )€40
Flights - see belowSpecial dietary requests eg nut allergy, celiac€45Private Medical InsuranceSee Below

Surfing/Riding levels

Surfing is suitable for students of beginner to advanced level | Intermediate and Advanced tuition on soft top Torque boards.
Riding  is suitable for students with some riding experience (competent at canter and above. It is NOT suitable for beginners).


Portbeg residential  | Next to Atlantic coast | 3 minutes’ walk to school |15 minutes’ walk to town centre | 4 bedroom houses | very spacious | sitting room | dining room | well equipped kitchen | Free WIFI in some houses | 3 - 4 students per room | 3 - 4 bathrooms per house | 10 – 12 students & 1 Coordinator per house | Breakfast is provided in the house |  Warm lunch & dinner in the school canteen.|  Average class ratio 1 teacher :12 students. | Average coordinator ratio, 1 coordinator :11 students

Bundrowes residential | Next to Atlantic coast | 2 minutes drive with DELS bus to school |Large 7 bedroom house | 6 bathrooms| very spacious | 2 sitting rooms | dining room | well equipped kitchen | Free WIFI | 3 - 4 students per room | 15 – 20 students & 2 Coordinators | Breakfast is provided in the house | Warm Lunch & dinner in the school canteen.| Average class ratio 1 teacher :9 students. | Average coordinator ratio, 1 coordinator : 9 students.

Host Family |  home from home experience |  breakfast and 4 dinners with family | lunch at the school canteen Monday to Friday | packed lunch on Saturday | Lunch on Sunday with  family |  3 evenings a week dinner at the residential centre followed by an activity | Students are either picked up by the family or brought home by school bus. There is a €40 supplement for host family per week in June, July and August. 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.


Airport Transfers from Dublin €70 each way at Easter, June 7  - 30 August  | Collection & drop off times for flights between 11am – 6pm  | Sunday only Transfers are grouped together, students will have to wait for the arrival/departure of other students. | Private transfer €260 one way (1 - 3 persons)
Knock airport which has flights from Italy | Individual transfer €100 one way | shared transfer 1 - 4 persons €75 per person | shared transfer 5 + persons  €60 per person  | public bus every two hours costs €17 | Free collection/drop off from local bus stop between 9am - 8pm.

Medical Insurance

European citizens must bring an 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

Additional notes

•  We accept students 8 – 10 years of age on our Family programme | 7-28 June | 09 August - 30 August 2020. •  Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less Bank Holidays: 17 March, 13 April, 4 May, 1 June,& 26 October 2020, there will be no English classes, students are offered an excursion/activity in place. Classes will run as normal 3 August 2020.

Junior Winter & Spring Programmes for Groups

For group prices or for prices on the Junior Mini Stays/Work Experience/Apprentice Programmes (September to May) please contact us direct.