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Parent Testimonials

I didn’t properly thank you and the Irish Experience Team for all the hard work you did to make this the best experience for the students.  Katie really enjoyed herself and had nothing but great things to say about the entire experience.  While it’s no question that Ireland is a wonderful country (we just got back 2 weeks there ourselves), putting together this entire experience was done with a lot of care, expertise and prioritizing of the students.  I’ve been nothing short of impressed with every step.  I wish I could have done something like this when I was in high school!!

All the best to the entire team this upcoming school year.  I hope you all have recovered from the trip!!

– Cindy Gibson, parent of Katie. 2023

I know this message is a little late, but i wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and your team for such a wonderful experience!

Ryan is still talking about Ireland  and his desire to return. This enthusiasm is a testament to the wonderful program you have created.

— Maureen Lawrence, parent of Ryan, Toronto (2023)

I want to sincerely thank you for the wonderful experience Kyra had in Ireland. It was a bit concerning for us all here given that she had never been away, even to the U.S. She thoroughly enjoyed herself. She has come back a much more confident individual and very inspired to reach new heights with her life.

Your team was outstanding from Kyra’s stories of her time there. Donna was so caring it gave Kyra all kinds of confidence. Vince was so motivating and also so caring, that Kyra felt at home and safe and in the end took in so much. 

I can’t thank you enough for making this available to us and to Kyra. If ever there is a parent in the future who is contemplating sending their child and wants to speak to someone about it prior to signing up, I would be more than happy to give you and your team a glowing review. 

Thanks again,

Mike Lowe (2022)


Hi Garry,

I’ve been meaning to send you a thank you email for last month, but better late than never! So thank you for the wonderful experience you provided for my son this summer. He enjoyed himself immensely, boosted his confidence and learned a lot in the course work. He was particularly happy with the evening activities – both concerts got special mention, the play and Riverdance. He also was very happy with the teachers and other staff. It was a perfectly run program and I hope it is still on in 2024 when his brother is 17.

Thanks again, Sylvia (mom of James L (2022


Hi Gary,

I wanted to thank you and all the staff for such a wonderful experience. Amber had an amazing time and is full of stories of her trip. Thank you for keeping them safe and also giving them the freedom to grow up that much more by allowing them to explore with their newly made friends.  I will recommend your program to anyone and everyone.

Thanks again,

– Laura Hutchinson, mother of Amber , 2019


Hi Garry

Just a quick note of thanks. We just picked up our son after the 2018 trip and based on the stories, you and your colleagues put together a memorable experience. We were really impressed by the wide variety of activities and the mix of locations. Even the English studies were mentioned as being enjoyable! I’d recommend this trip to any student looking for a safe and fun way to see Ireland and get a summer school credit.

Planning and executing this kind of event is a big undertaking. Thanks for all of your efforts and delivering them back safe and sound.


– Sandi Campbell, parent of Murdoch Parr (2018)


Good Morning Garry,

We would like to thank you and your wonderful teachers for providing Haley with the most amazing experience of her life!  Since she has arrived home we have been hearing all about the amazing sights, the teachers, her course and the other amazing young adults she met on her trip.  Although she enjoyed everything, she said Galway was her favourite!  She has come back a different person Garry!  She enjoyed the course, which is amazing because she has always struggled a little with English and is now talking about picking up an extra course this coming year.  Thank you for keeping her safe but also allowing her to stretch her legs a little and get a feel of what independence feels like.

– Janis Fidani, parent of Haley (2018)


Hello Garry,

I wanted to take the chance as well to thank you for everything. We didn’t have a worry from beginning (at the info session) to end. We had a wonderful trip after we picked Elizabeth up and enjoyed hearing all of the positives from the Irish Experience. Please pass on special thanks to Mary Kate.  I teach as a profession, and understand the stress of taking on the responsibility of other people’s children!

We had heard about your company for so many years, and will have nothing but “excellent” reviews for others.

– Leslie Wyman, parent of Elizabeth Blakslee, Ottawa (2017)


want to thank you for offering such an amazing experience to the students. I was so impressed when Erin talked about the fun she was having, all the interesting classes, the amazing teachers and the incredible excursions. I find it even more interesting listening to her talk to people now about how much she enjoyed Irish literature and wants to read more Oscar Wilde. She has never truly enjoyed an English class in her life!

I’ve also noticed how much more confident she is and how the whole trip gave her a taste of university life and what it will be like to live with students and away from home. That is invaluable as she is leaving the nest in less than a year. She also talks about wanting to return to Ireland for part of her university schooling.

Thank you to you and your incredible team! …..and thank you for taking such good care of my kid!

Marilyn Ablett, parent of Erin, North Bay (2017)


Hello Garry,

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, but I would like to thank you on behalf of Matthew, my husband, and I for providing such a wonderful experience to the students of the Irish Experience. Matthew had a fantastic time and had many stories to tell us upon his return of the places that you visited and the adventures which you all had. I was quite envious.
I am amazed at the growth in Matthew’s independence and sense of adventure which I believe is in large part due to the confidence he gained in himself while on the Irish Experience. Thank you so much for organizing and providing such a wonderful opportunity to the students!

– Cindy Wilson, parent of Matthew Bourque (2017)


Good Morning Garry,

I just wanted to pass along my most sincere thank you to you and all of your staff for the outstanding experience that Nicholas had this summer. He absolutely loved all of you and raved about the teachers and staff. Most important to us, however, he has gained a life experience, new friends and an appreciation for working in diverse and unique circumstances. There is no substitute for the value of the whole experience you and your staff gave Nicholas and we are all very appreciative of ypur tireless efforts.

I wish you all the best and we look forward to convincing our youngest to follow the same path! Hopefully we see you again in 2 years.

– Brock Heilman, Ottawa (2017)


Hi Garry,

Just wanted to pass along our thanks. Emma thoroughly enjoyed the Irish Experience . The Irish Experience was a great opportunity for both our girls, and I’m really glad that they both got to take part in it. Thanks again, and I hope you get to relax and enjoy the rest of the summer.

– Heather MacDonald, Ottawa, parent of Meghan (2014) and Emma (2017)

We just wanted to thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip. Annie has been bubbling with stories for the past week and only has positive things to say about the whole experience.
Thank you, also, for taking such good care of our daughter. We knew she was in good hands.
– The Costellos, Mississauga (2009)

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience for Marley. She had the time of her life. She saw so many amazing sights and made many new wonderful friends. We appreciate the guidance, teaching and warmth shown to these young people. It definitely was the trip of a lifetime

– Cam and Leslie McKay, parents of Marley, Wasaga Beach (2009)

Katie thought that all the teachers were “fantastic”. they were the best English teachers she has had in high school (very high praise from Katie). We were very impressed with the level of supervision on the program. I would highly recommend this program to our friends who are interested in sending their children.

Best regards
– Joan Lukow, mother of Katie, Kamloops, B.C. (2010)

I can’t thank you enough for your watchful/caring eyes and kind-heartedness and providing such an incredible experience for our kids. The month flew by for us and the kids too, I believe. We just looked at all of Kellen’s photos…the sights are marvelous! The golf courses are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks to you, this was an incredible trip and experience for my son!

– Anita Carleton, mother of Kellen, Pittsburg, PA (2012)

Wanted to say thanks for all the time you spend putting this program together. Serena had an awesome experience! She said the teachers and students were awesome. Lots of very special memories were made. Thanks again,
– Sharon Ireland, mother of Serena, (2013)

Student Testimonials

Hi Garry,

Thank you very much for offering me the experience of a lifetime. You’re program is absolutely amazing. From the staff to the overall experience, it was better than I could have ever imagined.

Thank you for the best month of my life and a million memories!

– Mia Amodio, Toronto (2017)

The teachers and chaperones made the trip so much more enjoyable and fun. They were like friends to us and easy to talk to.
– Lauren Tabaka, Niagara Falls

It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I met many amazing people. I feel very lucky to have been part of the Irish Experience.
– Stephanie Olah, Toronto

Fantastic!! Definitely the best summer I have ever had. Everything was so comfortable and fun that I hardly remembered that I was actually in school.
– Nicole Desrosiers, Strathroy, ON

Loved the Dublin Bay Boat Cruise, Blarney Castle and Grounds, the Cliffs of Moher, Kinsale town and the Wicklow Mountains. Overall fantastic experience.
– Lexi Armstrong, London, ON

The trip was so much fun. I did not want to come home. So thank you for hosting the trip ad giving us the opportunity.
– Aine Coady, Mississauga

The independence and the trust of the teachers and chaperones, the variety of trips and the approachability of the teachers
– Diana Marcovici, Toronto

Amazing teachers, great class discussion, amazing scenery, reasonable curfew time, SO MUCH FUN!!!
– Olivia Dendy, Brockville, ON


I loved everything about the Irish Experience including the weather. No-one told me I would get a tan in Ireland!!
– Israel Birin, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Blarney Stone, wonderful teachers, great accommodations, good bus trips, good classes, good food.
– Keith Hanks, Houston, TX

Everywhere we went was awesome. I love Ireland. Greatest summer of my life. I love you guys.
– Alessandro De Genaro, Brooklyn, NY

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