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English & Surfing – Donegal Town Campus

Age  12-17 |  Arrival Day Sunday/Monday  | Accommodation  Homestay |

| Course Dates:  Summer: 30 June – 11 August 2024 |

Welcome to Donegal English Language Schools English & Surfing programme which offers 15 hours of English, 5 surf sessions, evening activities and a cultural programme each week to students from all over the world

English Classes

The English classes run for 3 hours every morning/afternoon depending on the level of the students.  We use Project Based Learning with our junior students.  The students work on a project that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question while aimed at their level in English. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.  As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.  On average, there are 12 students per class with a maximum of 15.

Donegal English Language students surfing in Rossnowlagh Donegal. Surfing Donegal in Multi activity course.

Surfing Programme

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 6 foot up to 9 foot
  • 5/3mm wetsuits and 3mm boots provided
  • Hardboards are not 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).

Surf lessons are broken into two 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. 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:.  An advanced student is welcome to join the English and Surf programme,  however tuition received is up to intermediate level only.


Donegal English Language School Students at Slieve League, Donegal.
Donegal English Language students hiking The Horseshoe Sligo

All hosts ensure a warm Irish welcome to all guests. All hosts are garda vetted, inspected annually and within a 15-minute drive of the school. Hosts collect and drop off the students each day.

Generally, there are 1/2/3 junior students per family. Juniors residing at host family have their breakfast and dinner with the family, a packed lunch at school Monday to Saturday and lunch with the family on Sunday. On Saturday evening, students have dinner in the town, followed by their activity.


Donegal Town is an attractive vibrant town overlooking Donegal Bay with a backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains on the Wild Atlantic Way. Traditionally a Market Town with a Diamond at its centre it is easily accessible for visitors and locals to explore the abundance of shops, dining, cultural and heritage attractions, bars and entertainment suitable for all tastes and ages.

The School

The school is located within a five-minute walk of the town centre and offers state of the art classrooms, school canteen and also has extensive sports facilities including grass pitches, tennis/basketball courts, gymnasium and athletic track.

For more information, contact us here.  gina@donegallanguageschool.com

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