Guestbook entry from Anne

Dear lovely ‘Kurus family’,

I want to thank you for the amazing time with you in Cape Town!

Everytime I felt like being at home because of your warm, friendly and lovely type.

I do learned a lot of the English grammar (thanks to Angie :-)), the best pronuciation with Maggie (“soo difficult” :-)) and all the fun with Gavin during classes!

I made lots of brilliant experiences with you - Thanks for your help and these memories!

I am lucky to see you for the next 5 months!

Hugs & Kisses,



Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

This week our students including our FEJO group went out to explore the city. So, let us introduce them to Cape Town.

What is a city without music? A lovely drumworkshop in Gugulethu, a township 15 km from Cape Town, was on the programme. During the morning we took a closer look at the history of drums, djembe & marimba , and in the afternoon Lucky and his friends showed us to rock all those fantastic instruments.

Now it’s time, to go back in time! Our next stop was Langa, a suburb found in Cape town and established in 1923. Langa is one of the many areas in South Africa that were designated for Black Africans before the apartheid era. We were there to celebrate Freedom of Movement!

At the last language excursion of this week we learned something about the tragic history of District Six. The District Six Museum Foundation was established in 1989 and launched as a museum in 1994 to keep alive the memories of District Six and displaced people everywhere.


Language Excursion: Community Development

Our first trip was to Shelter a small shop and vegetable garden in Langa. We were there to see Dumi, a man whose born, raised and still lives in Langa. Shelter is a piece of land owned by the city, and has been occupied by Dumi and a group of Rastafarians for more than 15 years now. We explored Shelter and what it is presently doing, and particularly looking at the plans for its future and how they will aid community development.

The students visited Imam Dawood at Parkwood Mosque, we mainly focused on what he is doing as an Imam in community development. For example, being involved in a school for girls whose families would otherwise not be able to afford an education for them.

The Department of Coffee was the first coffee shop in a township, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape. Our students met the three ambitious entrepreneurs of the coffee shop and learned more about their story. We walked the route, that the owners do each day, to deliver their coffee and we got the opportunity to taste some of their coffee. How amazing!


Guest entry from Arantxa

August 2013

Time flies and after 3 weeks it’s time to say goodbye :-(

But before that, some words for …

- Gavin: I couldn’t imagine that grammar classes could be so funny. Thank you so much (as you say) for sharing all your knowlegde with us!

- Kurus & Coffeebeans routes team: Thank you to make my stay here possible. Really interesting language excursions! And great and lovely atmosphere at school!

- All the students I’ve met here: it was nice to meet all of you!

I had a great time. Thanks again!

Who knows where will we meet each other again?

Maybe in the Basque country? ;-)




Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

Who doesn’t love food? Exactly, everyone does! That’s why this weeks language excursion was all about South African food. Our students had a wonderful opportunity to taste Loxion food at Langa, a township in Cape Town. Loxion food is mostly made up of starch and carbohydrates.

We found out what Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes are and we were able to try this amazing dishes in the home of a terrific Cape Town cook. Each dish was a doorway to different stories about Mandela and his life, both political and personal.

Last but not least, Our students went to Bebe Rose, a Pan African restaurant located inside the Pan African Woman’s market, in Long Street. It serves a variety of African dishes with the aim of giving the African foreign nationals a meal that would be similar to the kind that they would normally eat back  home.


Guest entry from Victor

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Thank you everyone for these 3 weeks.

It’s 3 very good weeks but it too short.

Thank you for teaching it’s very different than France, it’s better.

Victor Fau

Language Excursion: Environment

This week Language Excursions were about the environment of South Africa. Our students had the opportunity to visit 3 lovely places. Starting with: Lynedoch EcoVillage, the first ecologically designed, socially mixed intentional community in South Africa. It is located in Stellenbosch.

On Wednesday we saw Intaka Island, Intaka is a word from the ixiXhosa language meaning `bird’. Intaka Island is a nature reserve and natural wetlands. It is an oasis of peace within the madness of mass consumerism.

One of the primary functions of Intaka is to purify water. Some of the other functions include sustaining species of bird and plant life, creating a `green lung’ for the Century City development, and providing environmental educational for school students.

The last language excursion of this week was to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF), which is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. This excursion took us on a journey through the vision and reality of the OZCF, into urban farming, eco-systems and community development


Language Excursion: South African History

Let’s jump back in time!

This week our language excursion was about the South African history.  To begin with we went to District Six, where our students found out about the apartheid and it’s laws, but above all what impact it had on the inhabitants of South Africa.

We celebrated freedom of movement at Langa, by taking a train ride in first class. During the apartheid era first class was for white people only.

And at the last day we explored the South African history from 1994 to today, by walking the Madiba (Nelson Mandela’s) freedom walk. It was about the first 19 years of democracy in Cape Town.


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