Classes for children
Thinking about bringing the whole family? Why not? At ILISA we can accommodate you.
For many years, we received repeated requests from students to offer programs for children. We have answered that need by offering less-intensive programs for children from age 5 to 15. Our experience has shown that, depending on the age, 6 to 15 hours a week is what suits our younger students’ needs and interests. We have found qualified teachers with years of experience in teaching children and built up a collection of teaching materials expecially for youngsters.
Depending on the age of the students, classes are a combination of educational field trips and classroom instruction using many visual and manual aids. Up until now, ILISA has given classes to approximately 40 children. We can say that it has been a succesful and enjoyable experience for all of us.
Age is a determining factor when making groups. The difference between a child of 8 and one of 13 when it comes to teaching is significant, whereas a five year age difference between adults is practically non-existent. Therefore, we don’t think it’s wise to have two children with age differences of more than a few years to the same class. The final decision about class composition will be made in consultation with ILISA’s teaching staff and the parents involved.
We also have experience in arranging nannies. For adult students taking 4 or 6 hours of classes daily while traveling with children, 5 or 8 hours of nanny service is required. The nanny will take care of the children (no housekeeping). In some cases the nanny may be a member of the host family. The nanny can take children to a park or the zoo or on other outings (expenses paid by parents). Our nannies generally speak only Spanish. This hasn’t proved to be a big problem, however.
Finally, while we offer programs for children from ages 5-15, we do not accept children under the age of 15 who are traveling alone. Any teenagers 15-18 wishing to attend our programs without their parents or other adult supervision should be mature enough to be self-sufficient. While host families offer support and encouragement, all our students, including teenagers, are responsible for their own decision-making.
|Program||Price per child|
Minimum of 8 hours per week
|$21 per hour|
For two children with the same level and approximately the same age (also 8 hours per week minimum)
|$16 per hour|
|Group 4 first week (20 hours)
4 hrs. per day, 3 or 4 children per group
(if a family brings 3 or 4 children)
|Group 4, additional week||$170|
|Homestay, 1st week||$135|
|Homestay, additional week||$125|
|Homestay, child younger than 2 years old, per week||$95|
|Nanny service||$5 per hour (additional child $3 per hour)|
|Lunch||$5 per day|
Reference List – Former students who brought their children
… if you want to hear about the experiences of families who registered their children in ILISA classes with them, you can communicate with any of the following individuals.
|Ms. Anne Perrine||10 and 11 year old firstname.lastname@example.org||Bartsville, OK|
|Mr. Joe Johnston||11 and 12 year old sons||480-963-3093||Johnston@amug.org||Chandler, AZ|
|Mr. Michael Evanoff||7th grade email@example.com||Falls Church, VA|
|Ms. Laura Winch||14 year old firstname.lastname@example.org||Springfield, IL|
|Mr. Don DePalma||9 year old son and 13 year old email@example.com||Chelmsford, MA|
|Ms. Barrie Baker||8 year old son and 5 year old firstname.lastname@example.org||Elkins Park, PA|