On Sunday 27th October 2013, a group of 13 Russian students travelled all the way from Novosibirsk in Russia to Carlingford English Language School for two weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventure combined with English Language lessons.
The students stayed for two weeks and split their days between English lessons in the classroom and taking part in activities outdoors, enabling them to develop their language skills and consolidate their learning whilst enjoying a variety of outdoor sports.
Carlingford English Language School is a sister company of Carlingford Adventure Centre and promotes learning English through outdoor activity. The Centre offers a wide variety of exciting adventure activities which the students enjoyed during their stay, including Laser Combat, Body Zorbin’, Rock Climbing and Kayaking – just to name a few! Whilst taking part in activities, the students were encouraged to work together and communicate with each other through English.
Over their two week stay, the students had the opportunity to explore the beautiful medieval village of Carlingford and sample the local culture. They took a trip to the local Confectioner, Candyford where they discovered how fudge is made and went on to explore the Underground Leprechaun Cavern, learning all about the magical leprechaun tales that are a key element of Carlingford’s history and charm. The visitors also ventured to the nearby haunted house at Bellurgan Park for some Halloween fun. Nightly entertainment was provided by the centre with a variety of activities, ranging from a Murder Mystery night, to Arts and Crafts and a historic tour of Carlingford. The group also enjoyed day trips to Dublinia Viking and Medieval exhibition and Titanic Belfast during their stay, which opened their eyes to a variety of elements of Irish history.
The leader of the Russian group was very impressed with the hospitality shown by Carlingford Adventure Centre and English Language School, and she would be delighted to come back. The visit was organised in association with Vector Ireland, a marketing agency that promotes Ireland in Russia as a destination for international education. Tom Mc Ardle, MD of Carlingford Adventure Centre was delighted to welcome the group and noted that it was “the first time we have ever had a group from Russia and hopefully it’s not the last, it was an absolute pleasure to have them with us.”