Host Families

Have you ever wanted to learn the Flamenco? Taste the best of French cuisine? Improve your German? Well now you can with Partnership International’s patented ‘Foreign Student’©.

Our students come fully programmed with politeness chips, a willingness to learn and the ability to help create a positive cultural exchange. They are fully insured and guaranteed to help open up your world! Please note some students may come with allergies, a desire to eat all the bread in your house or interesting fashion choices.

OK, we were joking a little bit, but the basic premise remains true – taking a foreign student into your home can be an amazing experience. By opening your doors you are giving yourself a wonderful opportunity to gain a unique cultural insight into another country. Students will tell you about their home, their traditions, values and language. You will have a chance to pick up new phrases (handy for those holidays abroad!), appreciate new culinary dishes and you might even get to learn the Flamenco! In exchange you will have the chance to give a young person the best possible experience of your city and country. You can help them discover the culture, learn the language and truly enjoy their stay. Being a host family can be the ultimate feel-good experience!

AbbySo why would you want to be a host family? Wasn’t what we just said enough? OK, well here are a few more reasons:

  • You will be paid for every student you take on. (Payments depend on what board required)
  • You get the opportunity to practice a foreign language.
  • You get some fantastic new company that can energize a household.
  • You can help young people with your own knowledge.
  • You can learn more about the world.
  • You will have the support of our team throughout the programme.

Our team have been working with host families from the very beginning of our business and we have some of the best people out there working with us. All our students love the families they are sent to and we take great care to ensure that they provide the kind of amazing experience we want to offer. So what do we look for in a host family?

  • A kind, caring and patient attitude.
  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Time to fully commit to the experience.
  • Flexibility
  • Clean and tidy rooms (multiple are a preference)
  • Clean police check

The security and welfare of our students is absolutely paramount to us and so we make sure to carefully check any new host family to ensure their suitability to the programme. Please see the terms and conditions for more information on what is expected.

We are always happy to welcome new host families to work with us and it’s a privilege and a pleasure to see the first students get accepted into your home. We really hope that you will take the exciting journey with us and start working with young people from around the globe!

Change starts with you, become a host family and become part of our global community!

Register Your Details

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Have you hosted international visitors before?
If yes, please elaborate:

Are there any other residents living with you?
If yes, please elaborate:

Do you have any pets?
If yes, which animals:

Can you provide for special food requirements (e.g. vegetarian, allergies)? NoYes
If yes, please state any requirements you can cater for:

Do you yourself have any medical/dietary needs? (Some of our students also have such conditions and it is useful to match these with people who understand them) NoYes
If yes, please state:


How many single rooms available?

How many twin rooms (2 Single Beds) available?

Is Wi-Fi Internet Available in your home?

Are you willing to host smokers?
If yes, please state whether this is allowed indoors or outdoors only

Is there any other information you feel is important that has not been mentioned?

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Steph

    (Berlin, Germany)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Aneta

    (Czech Republic)

    Ireland is an absolutely nice country, people are very kind and friendly, the nature is beautiful even if the weather is not as good as you’d expect. I lived in the city of Cork. It’s not so big but it’s really nice and you cannot get lost there.

    I got this opportunity thanks to Partnership International. I worked in Cork for a month and I can say it was the best practical training which I ever had.

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier


    I really liked doing an internship in Cork for 3 months. In fact, I’m going to stay here another 3 months (the company where I did the internship hired me!). The city is nice and everybody is very kind, friendly and open-minded. The worst for me, as Spanish, is the weather and the prices. My English is improving a lot and I travelled around this awesome island, so I think as a vital experience it was perfect. I’ve made a great decision taking this internship with Partnership International, the welcome was excellent as was the company where I did my internship.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.