Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system. Our Language Excursions this week were about Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. Only 2 weeks left until Cape Town becomes the World Design Captial of 2014. Our students went to Langa, a suburb that is the dead centre of the city if you look on the map, a group of people have begun a project called The Langa Quarter. This is a project to put Langa on the map.

Woodstock is an incredibly diverse area both in terms of the people that live there and its economics. We went to visit the new Woodstock Exchange, explored street art and looked at the overall structure of Woodstock as a diverse set of communities, from the mountainside to the seaside.

Our last Language Excursion of the week was to The Urban Abundance Centre in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, this is the showroom for what SEED is trying to achieve. We learned a lot about plants, seeds, food, herbs and the environment.

Guestbook entry from Nicole

Dear Kurus Team,

Thanks a lot for an amazing time in Cape Town.

All of you are so warm hearted and friendly. The time was too short for this beautiful city so I’ll must come back :).

Best wishes,



Guestbook entry from Stefan

Dear Kurus- and Coffeebeans-Team,

I studied for 7 weeks in your school and I had an absolutely great time.

Unfortunately the time has passed very quickly, but I will remember the great moments in class and on the language excursions. I really enjoyed to learn English and also  so much about the South African culture and history.

I will  continue to improve my English skills in the next 4 months here in Cape Town. Thanks you for your friendly and fantastic work.

You are a great time!


Stefan K

Guestbook entry from Bettina

Dear Kurus,

Thank you for these wonderful 2 weeks. I enjoyed every minute. It was a pleasure to being with you.

Thanks for all,



Guestbook entry from Kevin

Dear Kurus

I never thought I would be writing this letter before, I say goodbye forever. I just want you to know how grateful I am. I had an extraordinary time. There were students and teachers here who I have became close to. It’s just hart to find the right words to express it. And it is harder when my relationship has traversed huge thing like culture and language.

Thanks, all of us keep in touch. Wish you all the best,



Guestbook entry from Sonja

Thanks for having a GREAT time in Cape Town.

All the best,



Language Excursion: Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. This week’s Language Excursion Theme is “Biodiversity”… However, in order to commemorate and celebrate late former President Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we had having a special Madiba City Walk  on Wednesday.

Our first Language Excursion was to Rondevlei Nature Reserve, it offers a quiet and secluded alternative to the hustle and bustle of urban life.

On Wednesday our students had a language excursion about Mr. Nelson Mandela. They learned more about Apartheid, his role in this and about his personality. After the excursions we went to Nelson Mandela Memorial at the Cape Town Stadium together with our students. We and 35,000 other South Africans celebrated Madiba’s life.

The last Language Excursions was to The Kuyasa CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Pilot Project, this involves the retrofitting of solar water heater, insulated ceilings and energy efficient lighting in over 2 300 low-cost homes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The project will see an immediate impact on the social, health and economic well-being of the targeted beneficiaries.

Memorial Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A moment of silence to remember Mr Nelson Mandela. An incredible inspiring person to the world passed away on the 5th of December 2013. May he find peace and may his legacy be carried on forever. Rest in Peace, Madiba.



Guestbook entry from Esther

Thanks to everybody

I had a fantastic time with all the young people from Germany



Guestbook entry from FEJO IIIII 2013

Dear Kurus-Team,

It’s been such a lovely experience to spent time with you in Cape Town. Every day was very special and full of fun and action. It was a great pleasure to be your students. So thank you for the fabulous time, we hope we’ll see you all some day again!

Lukas M, Christian L, Markus, Esther, Andreas C, Carina, Anne, Christian W, Sascha and Barbara


Language Excursion: South African History

South Africa has a long path of history.  This week we focused on that history so that our students could learn more about South Africa during Apartheid, and how it is trying to make changes. We started with a Language Excursion to the District 6 Museum. Our students listened to the real-life stories of our wonderful host, Noor, and they got an overview about District Six during apartheid.

Camissa, meaning ‘the place of sweet waters‘ is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. On this Language Excursion our host Caron, founder of the Reclaim Camissa, showed us the stories of the people, culture and development of the city, by following the path of water. We followed the Camissa on a short journey down the mountain.

Our last stop was to Langa, together with our students we took a 1th class train ride and celebrated Freedom of Movement. After this we visited the Pass Museum to find out about the Dompas that was used during Apartheid.

Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

This week we focused on the South African food culture. We visited our host Na-Iema, who invited us into her lovely home. Besides of learning about the South African food history and the different spice routes, our students also had the chance to make their own Samosas.

We went to the founders of Honest Chocolate, Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk, at their chocolate studio in Woodstock. Our student discovered the chocolate making process and could taste and make their own delicious and healthy chocolate!

People gather at chisa nyamas. These are the most popular eateries of the townships. Chisa nyama is a Zulu phrase and it literally means “burn the meat”. They are butcheries with barbeques. You order your meat and it is sent through to the barbeque for cooking, before being delivered to your table. We visited Nomzamo chisa nyama in Langa to try some great meat.

Guestbook entry from Ute and Richard

Thanks to the whole Kurus-Team!

2 amazing weeks with very interesting excursions and English-lessons. Best wishes to Gavin! (I refuse to jump out of the window!!!)

Thanks you so much!

Ute & Richard

Ute & Richard

Guestbook entry from Stefan

Dear Kurus

I spent a beautiful month in your school. I’ve had a very good experience here! I really learned a lot, also about the history and people of your country. I’ve never visited such a professional school with such lovely people. You are so helpful in all matters and have an excellent manner to teach. The city is wonderful. South African people are very cool. I hope to come back to Cape Town and your school one day!

Thank you soo much…

Stefan alias Steff

Stefan D


Guestbook entry from Irene, Patrick and Thomas

Many thanks for the interesting Langauge Excursions!

Thank you AGAIN for a wonderful time in your school! With our experience about language schools we can say that it’s a great place! You make the perfect mix of fun and study, what we really like.


Irene, Patrick & Thomas

Irene, Patrick and Thomas

Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

The theme of this weeks’ Language Excursions were World Design Capital 2014. Cape Town is selected to be the world Design Capital of 2014.

First excursion was toDepartment of Coffee in Khayelitsha. We took a look in the coffee shop, we walked the same route they take to deliver coffees each day to the central part of Khayelitsha and we sampled some of their coffee.

SEED is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. We went to Mitchells Plain to check out their Urban Abundance Centre. The tour has been short-listed as a World Design Capital project for 2014 due to its vision of connecting communities to the natural environment and helping to shift how we perceive ourselves and the environments we live and work in.

Our last Language Excursion was to Woodstock. The students took a look at the new Woodstock Exchange. After this we walked through Woodstock to see some great street art

Guestbook entry from Maria

A special thanks to the teachers

I will never forget the time in Cape Town



Guestbook entry from Maike

Thank you so much for that lovely week and the great time!

It was an experience, I will never forget :-)

Best wishes and good luck for your future and don’t change, it was perfect :-)



Guestbook entry from Noura

Thank you! I was here to improve my English for doing my trainings and coachings also in English. This week was very interesting and I loved the way of teaching!  5 stars for this school *****

Best wishes and if I can, I’ll come again

Noura Ben Hassine

Best wishes for you!

Love & light

Succes & Healthiness



Language Excursion: Building Cities

This week our Language Excursions are about Building Cities. Our students went to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF). This is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. It’s becoming a thriving landmark of the fresh produce eco-system. There is a fresh produce market every Saturday, with small farmers around the city selling their goods. Our students loved the nature on the farm!

The Cape Town inner-city, where Kurus English is situated, is the original city. This is where Cape Town as a city began. We took our students on a City Walk in the Central Business District of Cape Town. They saw some wonderful buildings, shops, and green areas.

Our last Language Excursion was to Langa, a suburb that is the dead centre of the city. A group of people started a project, which is called Langa Quarter. This is a project to create an alternative centre in Langa. It imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town. We introduced the students to the people of this project and to their vision about shifting the city centre.

Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

Let’s introduce our students to this amazing mother city: Cape Town!

South Africa has a legacy of great art. Much of it was inspired by the fight against apartheid, and the art of today still tends to be political. For our first Language Excursion of the week, John Bauer hosted a simple art workshop aimed at people who are not artists. Which means that the accessible for people who may be scared of drawing. Using a variety of materials, the main goal of the workshop was having fun, and helping our students to see things just a little differently.

Our amazing city not only has a great art, but also beautiful music! Our students jammed the drums at Gugulethu and learned more about the history and about different sorts of drums.

Intaka Island is a 16ha wetland and bird sanctuary. It is situated in the Cape Flats, which extends from the ocean at Milnerton all the way to the ocean at Muizenberg, was once upon a time a wetlands. We went to this oasis of peace within the madness of mass consumerism. A restful ending, after a whole week of creativity and joy!

Language Excursion: South African History

Let’s dive into the History of South Africa. We took a train ride in first class and celebrated freedom. During the Apartheid era black people couldn’t take a train ride in first class, this was only for white people. After this we went to the Pass Museum to learn more about the Dompas that was used during Apartheid.

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The definition of slavery is broad. Many forms of slave labour existed in the past and many forms of labour can be called unfree or bonded labour. The form of slavery used in the Cape Colony is called chattel slavery. Chattel slaves were taken from the land of their birth and forced to go to different places where they were sold again. Our host Lucy gave us a very interesting tour about the dark times of slavery.

The last Language Excursion led us to the District 6 Museum. Our wonderful host Noor, a former inhabitant of District Six, told us very interesting stories about life during Apartheid. Our students listened carefully when he told the real-life stories about  the forced removals from this part of Cape Town.

Guestbook entry from Sarah and Julian

Dear Kurus English team

Two amazing, interesting and exciting weeks are over now. Our time has run out so quickly. It is appropriate to say a big ‘THANK YOU to all of you. For your patience, your sympathy and for all your efforts. We will never forget and will come back to this great and breathtaking city, Cape Town and South Africa, one day.

Best wishes for your future and a lot of warm thanks!

Sarah and Julian

Sarah & Julian

Guestbook entry from Robert


My vacation in Cape Town was a great experience. I have met a lot of people with nice and different stories about their personal stories about their history in Cape Town. Sometimes I was a little bit shocked because the people told me about their horrible experiences during Apartheid, but they said: I don’t hate the government, I forgive them. This and the idea that we are all humans despite our religion or the colour of your skin is incredible. The English lessons at Kurus gave me a telling that it was easier to understand the language and the culture of this beautiful country. I think I have achieved my goal to learn the English Language and this was only possible with the help of Kurus and Coffeebeans. Thank you very much!


Guestbook entry from Tanja

My heart is full of feelings, emotions and gratitude. Your work and the concept of Kurus English opens the minds of so many people. It is an extraordinary gift to everyone. A special mention must be made to the sympathetic and brilliant teachers, who create this extraordinary atmosphere as well.

All the best for the future and thousand thanks to you all.

Tanja Fey

Tanja Fey

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