Our Exchanges

Aventuro Ireland

What We Do

Aventuro Ireland specialises in fantastic Summer and School exchanges to France, Spain, Germany, Canada and the USA for Irish children and teens..

Come and have an amazing experience of travelling while learning about culture and language in an adventure that will give you a lifelong family, friends and memories.

Our objec­tive is to sup­port fam­i­lies who want to experience a foreign student exchange with children aged from 8 to 18 from 1 to 6 months.

We believe that a cul­tural exchange can be an enrich­ing and life-changing experience. We sup­port inter­ested fam­i­lies so that children can continue to take part in this great and mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence.

How It Works

We pride ourselves on the personal touch. We meet each family per­son­ally and we organise meet­ings for all inter­ested fam­i­lies in all coun­tries each year. We as a team attend the meetings so we can meet the international families also in preparation for upcoming exchanges. This makes us very efficient in making the matches.

Once the application forms are received by us, we begin to work on finding your match. We work very closely on likes and dislikes and try our best to secure the “wish list” of each participant also. Often you will find there is room for compromise with each family also.

We will send you a file with both the child and family details for your consideration. We are available for all and any questions, and often a Skype to my international partners helps at this stage so you can fully understand the new family, the culture and the routine your child will be immersed in.

Communication

Once a family match is made, we encourage you to begin communication. Family Skype calls etc are wonderful for getting to know one another. The children can connect via social media and get to know each other too.

We fully support you as you make dates for arrival and departure. We are on hand for all situations and advice on how to help your child settle in and we help with how you have to adapt to live without your child too!

We will advice and support you with preparing to host also, how to ensure your international child has an amazing welcome and first impression of you and Ireland! I will help with any queries in relation to the hosting so you are very comfortable with all aspects of our exchange.

Please check out our testimonials and read for yourself from both the parents and the children on how our exchanges work: Testimonials.

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The exchange child becomes integrated into the the fam­ily, and is not a guest!

The chil­dren are chal­lenged to inte­grate them­selves to the best of their abil­ity, to accept the for­eign lifestyle habits and make the most of their exchange. They should com­pre­hend that they will need to adapt to the new fam­ily, not the other way around. The fam­i­lies on the other side take full respon­si­bil­ity for the for­eign child and treat the child like one of their own, with all parental rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties. The exchange child must be integrated as part of the fam­ily, not a guest!

The chil­dren com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with their bio­log­i­cal fam­i­lies, but it is rec­om­mended that this does not occur more than once a week. Vis­its back home would be counter-productive and are not encour­aged. For an exchange where school will be attended; the host par­ents choose an appro­pri­ate school for the exchange stu­dent together with Aven­turo. The child con­tin­ues to attend school, does his/her home­work, writes exams etc. The free time is filled with hob­bies, meet­ing friends, and of course the child spends hol­i­days, week­ends, par­ties and fam­ily reunions together with the host family.

Useful information

By far the best results in learn­ing the new lan­guage will be yielded in exchanges, in which nei­ther the host fam­ily, nor the teacher speak the children’s native lan­guage. There­fore we urge all involved par­ties not to “assist” the child in his/her native lan­guage but to famil­iar­ize them in a patient and friendly man­ner with their new lan­guage. Every day spent speak­ing their native lan­guage is a wasted day and slows down the child’s learn­ing process. For that rea­son it is highly rec­om­mended to leave every­thing that the child could use in his/her native lan­guage at home, such as books, CDs, DVDs etc. The chil­dren should sim­ply for­get about their native lan­guage for length of the exchange in order to com­pletely immerse them­selves in the new lan­guage and its sound.

The chil­dren are chal­lenged to inte­grate them­selves to the best of their abil­ity, to accept the for­eign lifestyle habits and make the most of their exchange. They should com­pre­hend that they will need to adapt to the new fam­ily, not the other way around. The fam­i­lies on the other side take full respon­si­bil­ity for the for­eign child and treat the child like one of their own — with all rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties. The exchange child is part of the fam­ily — not a guest! The chil­dren com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with their bio­log­i­cal fam­i­lies, but it is rec­om­mended that this does not occur more than once a week. Vis­its back home would be counter-productive and are not encour­aged. The host par­ents choose an appro­pri­ate school for the exchange stu­dent together with Aven­turo. The child con­tin­ues to attend school, does his/her home­work, writes exams etc. The free time is filled with hob­bies, meet­ing friends, and of course the child spends hol­i­days, week­ends, par­ties and fam­ily reunions together with the host family.

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The chil­dren should immerse them­selves in the new lan­guage and its sound completely.

By far the best results in learn­ing the new lan­guage will be yielded in exchanges, in which nei­ther the host fam­ily, nor the teacher speak the children’s native lan­guage. There­fore we urge all involved par­ties not to “assist” the child in his/her native lan­guage but to famil­iar­ize them in a patient and friendly man­ner with their new lan­guage. Every day spent speak­ing their native lan­guage is a wasted day and slows down the child’s learn­ing process. For that rea­son it is highly rec­om­mended to leave every­thing that the child could use in his/her native lan­guage at home, such as books, CDs, DVDs etc. The chil­dren should sim­ply for­get about their native lan­guage for 6 months in order to com­pletely immerse them­selves in the new lan­guage and its sound.

 

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