About ESL, Sustainable development
About ESL

Sustainable development

Sustainable development

How ESL is approaching the challenge of sustainable development

We are committed to sustainable development and ethical business practice. Every action within the company is thought of in terms of its global impact, which directly influences company policy.

This commitment is more than environmental; the wellbeing of staff, suppliers, students and the communities to which we send students are increasingly important when we design and promote products.

Through awareness comes action and sustainable development will always be a work in progress. Our Sustainable Development Charter is just the first step in a long process that every organisation will eventually have to take.

We are currently implementing an action plan which pushes the ideas of sustainable development further into the core of our business. This includes dealing with the global challenges that can be addressed at a policy level and ensuring that our students arrive at pro-active schools, dealing with the issues on a local level. 

Can a company in the travel industry ever be “green”?

Travelling by air is not environmentally friendly and yet experience is at the heart of who we are and what we offer. To know the world, first you have to get out there and see it.  We encourage train travel as an alternative but, in many cases, getting on a plane is the only practical option.

How can we start to balance these conflicting forces? 

Carbon Offsetting

We provide voluntary compensatory measures against CO2 emissions and allow for innovative solutions in climate protection. All staff travel is offset.

CSR Actions

We have undertaken a whole range of actions within our offices to reduce waste and encourage conscientious behaviour. These range from using renewable electricity suppliers to buying fair trade and local products. 

Charity and good causes

We are actively involved with numerous charities and good causes.

​CSR Self-Assessment tool

We are championing sustainable development within the study abroad industry through our unique CSR Self-Assessment Tool.

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TESTIMONIALS

Carlos Alonso Rodríguez

Galway was one of the best experiences of my life. It’s a small but incredibly lively city, and it’s impossible to get bored there. It has all the atmosphere of a university town, and every night, there’s something to do, like the salsa nights on Wednesdays at Monroe’s and Fridays at The Front Door. The people there are really friendly and try to help you as much as they can. I stayed with a host family, and they treated me as if I were their own son.

I would also like to mention the Atlantic language school. I had an incredible 8 months there, and every week you have the chance to meet new people. I made lifelong friends, and today I’m still in touch with people from Brazil, Italy and South Korea, to name a few.

If I had the opportunity to go back, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.

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My one-to-one language stay at Mr & Mrs Smith’s home in Worthing was very good. The couple is very nice and helpful. From Monday to Friday, in the morning I had a 3-hour lesson (often more than 3 hours) with few breaks, and in the evening I had to do some homework in my bedroom (I requested it!). In the afternoon, Tony and his wife Anne would have me visit the surroundings and keep me busy. They are very nice and they welcomed me into their family life as if I were a real member. Their home is simple but comfortable: I had my own big room (around 15m2) facing the garden, and it was very quiet. Tony and Anne were very careful with the food quality (they like organic products), so I ate very well the whole time; Anne likes to cook for her guests and tries to satisfy everyone’s taste.

In a nutshell, I am very happy about this experience: I improved my English in the best conditions and discovered the surrounding region.

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Carmen María Pons Salvador

My stay in Exeter was a beautiful experience both on the personal level as well as on the language learning level.

At ESL, they advised me very well in Valencia. With highly personal service and great organisation, they were always making sure that my trip met my expectations. Both my host family and the GLOBE school were of the highest quality.

Of course, I would go back to ESL again for its amazing service and professionalism.

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