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CEC’s Host Family Appreciation Evening!

Published Lynne Farrugia on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CEC Host Family Evening

On Wednesday, November 13th, we hosted a very special appreciation evening to celebrate our amazing host families for their continued support. We had a great turnout with over sixty of our families in attendance from various different parts of Cork who host our students year-round. Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Metropole Hotel in Cork, each family received a warm welcome from CEC staff members, along with raffle tickets for prize giving later in the evening. The event opened with a special thank you from our Founder and Managing Director, Valery Cullen. Following this, our Host Family Administrators, Audrey and Catherine, paid a word of thanks for firstly coming to the event and also for the support received during the year, particularly in the busy summer months. Tea, coffee and freshly baked scones were served up with time for families and CEC staff to mingle and share their experiences of hosting students from all over the world.

 

It is important to us to make a home away from home for our students and our host families play a huge part of this success as they go above and beyond for them as well as creating long-lasting bonds with them. Trina from Carrigaline, who has been hosting CEC students for nearly ten years, said "myself and my husband really enjoy hosting junior students. We're both very interested in sports, particularly athletics, and sport is a great way of chatting to and getting to know students. Two years ago we hosted a French student named Sophia who was a runner and even now she still emails us with a link to her upcoming events so that we can track her times and results online! It's great that even when you host a student for only two weeks that you can still have such a connection even two years later".

The evening concluded with the all-important raffle draw, with some great giveaways including hampers, wine and chocolate going to the lucky winners. A great evening was had by everyone in what was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our families, both new and old, some of whom have been with CEC for over 20 years and hopefully many more to come!



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