What is a South African Homestay and why is it so special?

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What is a South African Homestay and why is it so special?

A South African English Homestay is worlds apart from anything else you would have done or experienced sofar on a Homestay English Course.. and here is the reason why……….

If you have decided to learn English down in the southern hemisphere, then you can do no better than to visit South Africa and certainly you should be considering a visit to Cape Town.  Cape Town is now the really cool place for all International students.  After all what can be better than to have English Lessons in the morning and then spend the afternoon surfing on the beaches around Clifton or Camps Bay?

Francois and  student walking up Table mountain, South Africa

Young International students come to South Africa to enrol in High School Integration Courses in our carefully chosen and inspected High Schools throughout The Cape. You will meet lots of other European students also attending for the same reason as you.

If you are choosing a Homestay English course here in Cape Townthen you will stay with one of our amazing host families.  Our host families are based in Cape Town and the surrounding areas of Simons Town; the Western Cape, Stellenbosch and over to Hermanus. All have two very important things in common.  They are superb English Teachers and they have a passion for showing people their amazing country of South Africa.  You wont find a better Tour Guide than your Host Teacher.

Some of our students surfing in Muizenberg

Cape Town is a wonderful base to see all around the Cape.  You can expect to see the amazing and very funny penguins at the world famous Boulders Beach; maybe take a drive down to Cape Point and spot the Baboons taking food from visitors or trying to open their car doors; nip over to Hermanus and see if you have spot a whale breaching or ” get down with the kids” and surf your heart out at Muizenberg.

The South African culture is based upon being sociable and spending times having fun in the sunshine.  When the weather is good ( and that’s pretty often) you will have a Braai most nights.  The secret to learning English in a Homestay is to do it in a relaxed and enjoyable way and what can be more enjoyable than having a Braai and watching one of the famous South African sunsets.

The South African culture is based upon being sociable and spending times having fun in the sunshine.  When the weather is good ( and that’s pretty often) you will have a Braai most nights.  The secret to learning English is to do it in a relaxed and enjoyable way and what can be more enjoyable than having a Braai and watching one of thefamous South African sunsets.

Some of our South African English teachers live near to Animal Sanctuaries and Game Reserves, as well as rehabilitation Centres for Cheetahs and lions.  This will make a fascinating place to visit and afterwards you can go home and discuss it with your English Teacher or they will use it as a point of focus for English lessons the next day.

Homestays are one of the most popular ways of Learning English in South Africa and is fast becoming a way to avoid the dark European winter and escape to the Western Cape for some sun; fun and English Lessons.  Adults and young Students are well catered for on these English Learning Programmes.   Especially for adults, we can incorporate an afternoon of Golf or South African Cultural Excursions if Surfing is ” a step too far!” and one of our Business English Tutors actually lives right on a Golf Course overlooking Hermanus Bay.

And finally, what type of visit to South Africa would it be without a visit to the iconic, and now a National Heritage protected site, of Table Mountain.  It stands towering over the city of Cape Town and can be seen from miles away.  Some of our Host Families love to walk up to the top early in the mountain and watch the sun rise, before eating a picnic lunch at the summit.  Afterwards you take the amazing cable car down to the bottom again.  The cable car is one of the few in the world which has a rotating floor so you can be sure you wont miss any of the view along the way down.

This type of English learning programme of staying with a South African Host Family or Teacher is a great way to learn English whilst having a holiday as well.  And not really any holiday but one of a lifetime..

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