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Eurolingua Institute

About

The Eurolingua foreign language institute is the largest international organisation of its kind, providing unique opportunities for people aged 16 to 75 years and from all walks of life to learn foreign languages in the countries where they are spoken. Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

The Eurolingua Institute offers a range of language programmes targeted at the individual, school groups or businesses throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Founded
1993
Headquarters

1 Mapp Street
Belize City, Belize
Belize

Reviews

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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to stay with Elena as a last effort to become fluent in Italian. For 7 or 8 years I have attempted to learn by going to day time and evening classes, reading self help books, listening to tapes and CDs [La Camera dei Segreti is recommended] and many novels [one or two to the end]. I ended up being able to read Corriere della Sera but not to understand what people were saying in Italian and completely incapable of expressing myself. This was not a good situation when I have an Italian girlfriend whose family does not speak English.
I decided to stay with a family, brush up my Italian not speak English. Elena's was the family. She provided me with good food and wine, Italian lessons and conversation, and an excellent room with television [used, of course, for speech comprehension]. The weather not good and therefore TV and books were used more than expected. However Elena one day took me on a trip up the Brembo valley on the search for Triassic reptiles. We visited Zogno Museum and saw the fossils which had been found in the area. We did not look for them since it is illegal to collect fossils in Italy - they are allowed to weather away to dust.
At the end of the holiday or rather work I did feel more confident and more capable both in understanding and speaking. I succeeded in taking a big step on the way to becoming fluent. All it need now is more practice!

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Robin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been learning French for a long time and my standard is pretty high. I've been on Eurolingua homestays twice, and they both exceeded my expectations by a long way. Once I was in Paris with Claude, once with Caroline in Cabestany near Perpignan. Both are excellent teachers with a lot of experience and both completely charming and welcoming. The experience of total immersion in the language and local life cannot be beaten. I had four hours a day of tuition, but in addition I lived with them and their families and shared their lives.

I would recoomend this to anyone.

Anne from Eurolingua was also extremely accommodating with my last minute changes of plan.

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Tod
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My week in Boissano exceeded my expectations. While the immersion experience was challenging, Daniela was warm, patient and encouraging and I left more confident and comfortable in my ability. Every day included a unique experience that gave me a deeper appreciation of Liguria and Italian culture. A drive into the mountains for lunch and a local dance festival. Making fresh pasta together. Watching Italian films at night. And, the highlight, a play that I actually understood enough to laugh at the jokes and respond correctly during a terrifying audience participation moment. Every day I also had some time to explore on my own, or relax at the beach. All in all, a memorable experience that I will always treasure.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ann Haywood

Job Title
Director of Administration
Ann is a trained TEFL teacher with extensive teaching experience and a good understanding of students’ language needs. She works tirelessly to ensure that the enrollment process works smoothly; making sure that students are placed with suitable tutors; liaising with and supporting both students and tutors during the program to ensure that both student and tutor have the best possible homestay experience and outcomes. Ann speaks fluent French and managed the Eurolingua French language school in Montpellier, South of France, for seven years.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Visiting Malta

Sailing into Kotor in Montenegro (Adriatic), early in the morning, on a huge cruise ship, was an amazing experience and then docking in Kotor with the mountains all around and the ship dwarfing the small town of Kotor. This possibly beats visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have adapted my computer skills for use in managing tutor and student databases and to effectively arrange Eurolingua homestay programs for the student.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It is hard to choose as we have so many good reports from students about their Eurolingua Homestay programs. Probably the best ones are when both the student and the tutor tell me that they have thoroughly enjoyed the program. That means that the program was a great success.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose to go to St. Petersburg in Russia as I would love to visit the Hermitage or Irkutsk in Russia and I would like to visit Siberia. They are places I would love to see plus I could improve my Russian as I am a beginner.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique because we make sure that each Homestay program is organized from the tutor meeting the student at the start of the program to the tutor returning the student to the airport at the end of the program.

I am especially proud of our team when they ensure that arrangements work smoothly for younger students and students with mobility problems. They make sure that all students know full tutor details and contact details, exactly where to meet the tutor and that students have emergency contact numbers for tutors and the Eurolingua Institute.

They also make sure that tutors know their student’s language, the student’s objectives for the program and have a current photo of their student. It is important to work with both student and tutor to ensure a successful Homestay.

Students choose their tutor, often based just on location, but should we feel the tutor is not an ideal match, we discuss this with the student before making a final placement. For example, the tutor may be in a 3rd floor apartment without a lift, or be in an isolated location, or unable to collect younger students at the airport.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Caring for our clients, organizing all arrangements for a program. Working with tutors who are qualified and experienced in teaching their language as a foreign language; who work professionally; and who enjoy hosting foreign students - often making friendships for life.

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