John, born in London, emigrated to S.A. in 1971 and is a mature, semi-retired Financial Director/Dep. M.D./Businessman with MBA
Learn English and Volunteer in stunning South Africa
Learning English in South Africa will be about many things. Improving your English, naturally, but this will not only be in the school but with your host family ; new friends and many after school Clubs you will be invited to attend. You also will have the opportunity of participating in many additional Tours and Experiences, should you wish, with experienced Tour Guides, or you can choose to take excursions with your Host Family. You will find that your self-confidence will grow. You will make new friends and participate in different cultural experiences during your stay. Should you choose the Homestay Teaching Option, then you will experience all aspects of daily life in South Africa with your host tutor.
Who we are
English Language Homestays and its sister Company, South African Homestays has been running successful and popular English language courses, short stays and summer school programmes for over 25 years.
We mold students into thoughtful, disciplined, well-rounded adults by providing a multifaceted education that includes.
Carey Ann is a Brit but has been in South Africa for twenty years. She now considers it her home.
Derek and Claudette Helberg are a mature married couple. Their children are grown up and left home.
If you are interested in English and conservation, then Marike should be your first point of call.
Our Head office team
Jackie Verrall is the Managing Director of English Language Homestays with overall responsibility for all aspects of the business, including its strategic day-to-day running. Jackie – who has 30 years’ experience and excellent business contacts – is based at ELH’s Shoreham-by-Sea HQ and prides herself on a hands-on, professional and personal approach.
“South Africa has now become my second home and I like to spend as much time there in the European Winter ( South African summer) as I can. I have been told that I am now “ a swallow!” When I visit South Africa, I like to stay in Simons Town as it makes a great base for me to visit all of our families who are spread across from Cape Point up to Brackenfell, over to Hermanus and Stellenbosch in between. As we also offer High School Integration, I also like to visit as many of the Schools that we use, as I can. Additionally of course we support a Local Township and so we try to help them in any way we can. Be sure that each of my trips to South Africa will include a visit to our special Townships.”
Dec Mooney is the Company Secretary and is also a Director of English Language Homestays. He looks after all the financial and legal aspects of the company. Dec also arranges any transportation requests from agents and students.
Aleks Ptasinska is based in the UK but has strong links with the East European and Russian Market. As she was born in Poland and travelled extensively in the Baltic Countries, she knows exactly what those clients expect with regards to education; lessons and accommodation when in South Africa. She is also a strong Fund raiser for our Townships and always gets involved in any projects they have been happening throughout the year. Alex is in charge of our Volunteering and Philanthropy Projects as well as our Internship Programmes based around Cape Town and Durban
Looks after the area around Stellenbosch. A qualified EFL Trainer she will sometimes host our one to one students as well as offering many social programmes during your stay.
Looks after the Northern Suburbs ( just outside and north of Cape Town) Mimmie is also an experienced Tutor and participates in many of the monthly excursions.
Emily managed the High School Departments for all of our Schools and Colleges in South Africa and works closely with our Local Co Ordinators there
Judey will be the Academic Manager for all English Learning programmes in South Africa covering Homestay Tuition; High School Programmes and English Plus Judey liaises with all of our Tutors and Local Co Ordinators to ensure that we offer high quality English programmes. Judey is kept updated locally by our Local Co Ordinators, who regularly visit our Teachers, especially whilst they are welcoming our students.