Bonas MacFarlane has many years of experience advising families on summer courses for their children. In addition to representing some of the best summer language and activity programmes at British boarding schools, we devise our own tailor-made courses and expeditions.
Summer Language & Activity Programmes
Families who are considering sending their children to a British boarding school are well advised to start this journey with a two to three week summer programme at one of the leading schools in the UK. We also work with the leading course providers in Switzerland.
For children who speak English as a second language, there are excellent language and activities programmes. For those who speak English but want to gain the feel of what it is like to be at a boarding school, there are courses where they can join other British children and take part in a range of sporting, artistic, and musical activities.
Staying with British Families
We consider that one of the best ways to learn the English language is by total cultural immersion with a British family. A full time tutor to work on English language will often join the child and we try to match the child to a family that has similar aged children.
A typical day will include two to four hours of language instruction and time with the family and the tutor exploring the local places of interest and taking part in outdoor activities. Each programme is different and is devised according to the interests of the child.
For teenagers, a superb way of building confidence, teamwork mentality, and experience of new countries and regions is to prepare an expedition. We have a specialist team of expedition mentors who help our students to plan accompanied expeditions. Recent expeditions have included a six week trip to France and a cycling and climbing expedition where two boys and their expedition mentor cycled from the lowest point in Europe in Holland to climb the highest – the top of Mont Blanc.