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.
With our English Language Centres and friendly host families and tutors across the UK and South Africa, we can offer every student, on a short or long stay, an exciting, fun and enlightening experience. All of our Centres have dedicated Local Co Ordinators to ensure you are safe; happy and enjoying your time in The Cape! See our latest news.
What can you expect when you arrive on a High School Programme or a Homestay Teaching Programme in 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.
Managing Director of English Language Homestays
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.
High School Manager
Tarnya is our High School Manager and is responsible for placing all of the students in South African Schools.She communicates directly with Agents; Schools and Host families in The Cape. She is happy to allay any worries or fears about this big step for young students and can answer all of your questions. Tarnya is very good at matching the right student with the right school. So if you are sporty she will place you with one particular school and if you like a less rushed pace of life, then she will choose a school and family that mirrors just that!
Tarnya is assisted by our South African Co-Ordinators who regularly visit the Host Families and the High Schools, so your students are never alone!
Dorothy Harley is our Local Co-Ordinator for our Cape Town English Language Centre. Dorothy welcomes students at the airport and answer any questions or worries they have on arrival. She is also the immediate contact should students need assistance whilst in The Cape Town.
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.
Mimmie Du Toit
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.
Summer School Co-Ordinator
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
Our host families are an important part of our team and we work closely with them to ensure students experience an authentic taste of English life and enjoy a great experience to remember.
We have a wide selection of host families which means that we are able to place students where they would be best suited. So, for example, students can be placed with a family who have children of similar age, pets or not, we are sure to find a good fit.
We have a qualified and experienced team of English language tutors who are used to working both in classrooms and on a 1-2-1 basis.
Our tutors develop creative and fun lesson plans to help all students, whatever their age or ability, to improve their English skills quickly.