00:00 april 19, 2022
Summer 2022 will see the return of a Torbay institution, as we prepare to welcome young guests from across Europe to our fantastic range of language schools.
After two years of Covid-related uncertainty, EFA Language School is already planning a full summer season.
Interest from European students has been so high that Directors Peter and Andrea Hughes are already close to capacity at EFA, but they have the ongoing challenge of finding host families to welcome our guests.
“We have just finished lessons with a school in Denmark, our first for two years, and are now preparing for a busy summer,” said Peter.
“The language school has been empty for two years, for obvious reasons. Young people were not allowed to travel from countries with Covid and host families were unable to accommodate students due to restrictions.
“Fortunately, this year is shaping up to be an exceptional season and we have already had to refuse certain groups in July because we are completely full. We have a group from the Czech Republic in June and July which is totally full.
“We welcome students from all over Europe; young people from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Denmark. For example, a teacher from an Italian school contacted us with an expression of interest and the first class already has 55 students.
“There is a real appetite overseas for people to come back to Torquay. Students are part of our summer tradition and it will be fabulous to see them again.
“The challenge we have is to find enough host families. There are families with us for years, who have now decided to retire, while other families who previously depended on student income have taken up part-time jobs during Covid.
“We are actively looking for host families in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. If you have a family with two children, it’s a fantastic way to introduce them to another language and an openness to the world. Our students have full programs throughout the week, so reliance on host families is limited.