IELA-Dublin Guardianship Service

 

Among the many services we provide at IELA-Dublin, our Guardianship programme for exchange students is one of the most important. Here you can find everything you need to know about what a guardianship service is, why we believe our service is so special, and information about all of the packages we provide so you can choose the best option for your child’s stay in Ireland.

 What is a guardian?

A guardian is a responsible adult who has been specially chosen by the parents of a student to represent them to care for their son or daughter while that child is living and studying in another country. This level of responsibility extends beyond academic care and includes every aspect of a students’ life when they are living abroad: something which is often called pastoral care. At IELA-Dublin, a guardianship service means becoming your child’s Irish family.

Is it a legal requirement to have a guardian for my child when they are studying in Ireland?

No. The requirement for a guardian above the age of 16 is usually a school requirement, rather than something required by the law in Ireland.

However, if your child is going to attend an independent school in this country you will be required to select a guardian so that a responsible adult is always accountable for your child, whether that is in school time, during school holidays, or in the rare case of any emergencies such as illness or when there is a need for school disciplinary action.

While it may not be the case that a guardian is required by law, in our many years of experience as a guardianship service provider to hundreds of youngsters who have visited Ireland from other countries, this is quite simply an arrangement which maximises their enjoyment while in Ireland, and adds the invaluable bonus of providing peace of mind to parents and families back home.

Can we select a family friend or a host family to be my child’s guardian?

Please visit our host family section  to see the fantastic experiences our Irish homes provide to students, but guardianship is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year role, and for this reason, many schools prefer a professional guardianship company such as IELA-Dublin to be the child’s custodian in Ireland. This is a role we provide with the highest level of dedication imaginable.

Why should we choose IELA-Dublin to be our child’s guardian?

At IELA-Dublin, being a guardian is more than just a job to us, and for this reason we do not limit our service to the basic legal requirements that an official guardian should provide.

Simply speaking, we are parents too, so we approach this responsibility in the most dedicated way possible…just as any parent would.

There is no problem that we have faced and not solved together.  What more could you want for your child as they enjoy this wonderful opportunity to come and live and study in our beautiful country?

How can you choose a guardianship service with IELA-Dublin?

The level of service that you should select for your child is dependent on many factors. These are just some of the things that you should consider:

  • The age of your child
  • The level of English your child possesses
  • The experience and level of independence of your child
  • The length of time your child will be staying in Ireland
  • The school that your child will attend
  • The additional activities that your child will be participating in while in Ireland

Taking all of these factors into consideration, there are four packages for you to choose from:

  • Platinum Guardianship
  • Gold Guardianship
  • Silver Guardianship
  • Bronze Guardianship (suitable for EU students only)
  • Travel Assist Guardianship

PLATINUM Guardianship – Our most comprehensive package

Does your son or daughter need a home away from home? If this answer is a categorical ‘yes’ then this is the only package for you and your child. With the Full Guardianship service, IELA-Dublin becomes your child’s ‘Irish parent.   Your family can be comfortable in the knowledge that they will have continuous support for their child for the duration of their stay in Ireland.

The level of care offered by this package is the most personal available and can often lead to the most rewarding of stays in our country as we build a relationship which gives your child the security and confidence to truly enjoy this experience.

 This is the best care for your child, and includes the following:

  • Close monitoring of your child’s progress at school, both academically and socially through regular meetings with school staff.
  • An active interest and continued support in your child’s English language development
  • Constant contact with you, the family, regarding your child’s progress.
  • Constant contact with your child’s Irish host family (who can also be provided by us regarding your child’s health, happiness and progress.
  • Informed advice on your child’s choice of academic subjects, as well as all study and life decisions while they are in Ireland.
  • Regular informal meetings with your child over hot chocolate to understand their thoughts and progress,
  • We attend all parents’ evenings at school and send an academic report to parents (translation of all documents can be provided if requested)
  • We can arrange private tuition for you if required.
  • Where necessary, we can organise homestay accommodation for students during school holidays and in the rare case of emergencies
  • We can organise transport to and from homestay accommodation and airports.
  • We arrange flights and travel within Ireland for your child and for you if and when required.
  • We arrange social activities in collaboration with the school host family, and all locals sports and activity clubs. Activities typically include: sports, karaoke, eating out, cinema visits, barbeques and parties.

Recommended if:

  • This is your child’s first experience away from home
  • Your child possesses a low level of English comprehension
  • You feel your child could benefit from the extra support we at IELA-Dublin can provide for their visit to Ireland.
  • Your child has any special needs that may require the extra care and attention we can provide.

GOLD Guardianship – Students who need a helping hand

Does your son or daughter have a reasonable level of English, but may need a helping hand in their initial period of adaptation to living in another country (while still enjoying a good level of independence)?

This package has always proved immensely popular with parents and children alike, and includes the following:

  • A visit to your child’s school once per term in order to report on progress to parents.
  • We act on behalf of parents in the unlikely case of an emergency.
  • Informed advice on your child’s choice of academic subjects, as well as all study and life decisions while they are in Ireland.
  • We attend all parents’ evenings at school and send an academic report to parents (translation of all documents can be provided if* requested) *incurs a translation charge.
  • Where necessary, we can organise homestay accommodation for students during school holidays and in the rare case of emergencies (hyperlink).
  • We can organise transport to and from homestay accommodation and airports.

Recommended if:

  • Your child has little experience of living away from home
  • Your child possesses only an intermediate level of English comprehension
  • Your child is capable of prospering with a decent level of independence, but you still feel an adult ‘eye and ear’ would be beneficial.

Silver Guardianship – A package for independent children

Is your child already capable of speaking a very good level of English and living a very independent life in Ireland? This could be the package for you, and includes the following:

  • We visit your child’s school when they first arrive to assist in their orientation.
  • We act on behalf of parents in the unlikely case of an emergency.
  • We organise accommodation during school holidays (if applicable – hyperlink) and in the unlikely case of emergency situations.
  • We organise transport to and from homestay accommodation and airports.

Recommended if:

  • Your child has experience of living away from home.
  • Your child is independent.
  • Your child possesses a high level of English.

Bronze Guardianship – Basic package

 ( only suitable for EU students attending independent / private schools in Ireland )

The primary package is recommended if your son or daughter speaks fluent English and you envisage that he or she will require no assistance from his or her guardian, apart from in the unlikely case of an emergency. We do not visit your child’s school, and we do not organise any further travel as required during your child’s stay in Ireland. However, this basic package does include:

  • IELA-Dublin acting on behalf of parents in the unlikely case of an emergency.
  • Organisation of accommodation and transport in emergency situations.

Recommended if:

  • Your child has experience of living away from home.
  • Your child is independent.
  • Your child possesses a high level of English

Guardianship – Travel assist service

IELA-DUBLIN assist students who require assistance with travelling to/from Ireland as required.

Ensuring your child is transported safely to his/her destination with our travel assist guardianship service.

  • Unaccompanied Minor Service
  • Transfers to/from schools Ireland
Contact us for further details info@iela-dublin.ie