Derek and Claudette

Derek and Claudette are our local coordinators for Gordons Bay and Hermanus.  They offer Business English Programmes for Adults as well as cultural immersions.   Their passion is everyday english with a twist!  Derek is an avid media teacher and will help with this whilst Claudette focuses on advanced English for Higher Learners.     As their house backs right onto the Golf Course, you can expect a round of golf; a BBQ most evenings and some stunning sunsets with the Lowry Pass Mountains as a backdrop

What They Offer

Derek and Claudette are also our Local Coordinators for the Gordons Bay and Somerset West areas. It’s quite a large area covering from Strand and Somerset West to Hermanus and up to the tip of Stellenbosh. They are kept busy recruiting host families; visiting our partner schools and ensuring everyone is happy! When we have Club 4 students, they take an active part with Claudette doing the teaching and Derek doing the excursions. Additionally, they oversee all Volunteer Programmes in that area which can be from the Cheetah Farm to teaching English in a local Township Infant School. Derek and Claudette immerse themselves in the English Programmes and are passionate about English and the welfare of all students in their area

Claudette and Derek are both Degree graduates.  Well travelled business owners with CELTA qualifications

They live in Gordon’s Bay which is a beautiful seaside village with stunning views. It has many scenic attractions. Markets, wine farms and sporting activities are a short distance away. Gordons Bay is situated in the Western Cape. It is 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 50 minutes from Cape Town City. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and a friendly environment to learn and practice your English.

  • English Language Expertise 100%
  • Local Activities 80%
  • Visitor Satisfaction 97%

Local Attractions

Whale Watching

Take a boat trip to see the stunning whales in the Bay

The Tasting Room in Franschoek

Wonderful wines and food to try

Aquila Private Reserve

Aquila offers you a unique opportunity to see lions, rhino, buffalo, elephants and leopard up close

Frequently Asked Questions

When you are traveling to any new country you may have many questions. We at South African Homestays are here to help. Our job involves finding the customised accommodation the student needs, also arranging the airport transfers and dealing with any sepcial needs the student might have. We have dedicated staff working around the clock to make sure you will have the best time in South Africa. All host tutors have been regularly vetted and inspected, and all of them have high level educational qualifications and years of experience.

What kind of clients do you work with?

I prefer to work with adults as I specialised in business english. We are also the lcaol co-ordinator for the area

How will your family react to having a new person In the house?

New people area always welcome and we lookforward to meeting them

Do you have the resources to welcome someone into your home?

we have a traning room attacched to our house, 3 double bed room to accommodate you

My host parents are caring, concerned, and wonderful. They always ask how my day was, and there is always a wonderful home-cooked meal every night. We watch TV shows, sports, and movies together, and we talk about current events and discuss life in the United States. I am really happy that I chose to live with a host family. It is an experience that I will always remember.

Alexa Bastin

They are very nice and willing to talk with me and welcome me to become part of the family. They are kind and considerate and if I have questions, they are willing to answer my questions and help me to understand things. Their house is large and beautiful. It is great living here.

Mariana Dreier

I am thrilled with the arrangements. The host family is everything I could ask for, they made me feel home. Gearldine Guilford

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