Guestbook entry from FEJO IIII 2013

Dear Kurus Team,

Thank you for the great 2 weeks in Cape Town.

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the beautiful city, the excursions and – of course – the English lessons.

Thank you!

Bianca, Vanessa, Robert, Sarah, Tanja F, Tanja H, Nicole, Julian, Lorena, Julian B, Miriam, Fabian, Leonard, Marvin

FEJO 4 2013

Lonely Planet

Cape Town has officially been named 3rd on the Lonely Planet list of the 10 Best Cities to Visit in 2014! According to the article Cape Town is destined to get even prettier as it takes on the title of World Design Capital for 12 inspirational months.

(South Africa) - Table Mountain - The Landmark of Cape Town 2


Language Excursion: Food & Cuisine

YUMMY YUMMY in my tummy!

This week our students discovered more about the Food & Cuisine of South Africa. We started  with Cape Malay Food. This cuisine is characterized by the use of  a large variety of spices. We visited Na-Iema, our lovely host of the day, and we made and tasted some delicious dishes.

Our next stop was to Honest Chocolate. Their chocolate is organic AND healthy. Who is able to resist this sugar-free and dairy-free delicatesse? It was DEVINE!

The last Language Excursion was to the home of Sheila and Blackie Tempi in Gugulethu for a session on Loxion homecooking. Loxion food is mostly made up of starch. Often there is also traditional beer, or Umqombhothi, which is a beer made from maize. It was a great week with amazing food and people!

Guestbook entry from Martina


Dear Kurus-Team

I was only for one week in this school, but it was the best first week in Cape Town I could imagine. The excursions were very interesting. Thanks for the view to the life of South Africa and the lovely teachers. An unforgettable week in my life.

Best wishes and I’ll think about you in my internship.


Guestbook entry from Petra


Thank you so much for the wonderful weeks in Cape Town.

I would like to thank you all for your professional way of teaching, your spirit and the beautiful moments at the excursions.

I found out that English is more than grammar and vocabulary. It’s about the view you have and a lot of social skills.

Special thanks to Michael and Ian for the lovely excursions.

All the best for you!



Language Excursion: World Design Capital

This week our Language Excursion was about World Design Capital 2014. How exciting! A fireman, a barista and a towel factory employee decided to open the first coffee shop in a township in the Western Cape. It is called the Department of Coffee and we visited them! It has become a real attraction in Khayelitsha.

The next day we went to Woodstock. Apartheid’s group areas act did not split the area racially. Which means that today Woodstock is an incredibly diverse area both in terms of the people that live there and its economics.  We saw a lot of street art in Woodstock!

Our last Language Excursion of the week was to SEED. This is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. In cities, children are largely disconnected from the natural environment.  SEED focuses on school programmes and on setting up schools in under-resourced areas as centres of outdoor learning. Students learn about food production, eco-systems, and their own roles in the eco-systems.


Language Excursion: South African History

It’s time to learn more about South African history! We took our students to the District 6 Museum where they found out about District Six and Apartheid. We saw how much impact this had, and still has, on people in South Africa. Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, where the rights of the majority non-white inhabitants of South Africa were withheld and restricted while minority rule by white people was maintained.

Our next stop was Langa. The Pass Laws Act 1952 made it compulsory for all black South Africans over the age of 16 to carry a “pass book” at all times. The law stipulated where, when, and for how long a person could remain. This pass was also known as a dompas. We visited Langa Township Heritage Museum (Dompas Museum), it was once a pass office and court in the apartheid era.


Guestbook entry from Manu

Kurus English team,

My short time here was wonderful. I miss you!!!

Now, I have a real idea about my English and what I need to improve. Guys thanks for patience with my accent and doubts. Of course, sometimes my laughter flamed a bit the other classes, but the reason was the pleasant climate at the school.

Now, I have two special friends, Andrea and Ali! Angie Magie and Gavin thanks for the classes, I hope to find them in Brazil. Diana thanks you for caring.



Guestbook entry from Andrea

Dear Kurus English team,

the reason for my decision to study here was this lovely team. I liked the atmosphere at school. I’ve learned a lot for 2 weeks. The teachers motivated me. They have a lot of patience and a bit talent to teach.

Thank you for the wonderful time here!

Best wishes

Love & light





It’s whale season in South Africa! A must do is a weekend trip to Hermanus. 4Exchange arranged this for me and some other students. Hermanus has the status of being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world.

If you drive to Hermanus you should definitely take the touristic route. Sure, it isn’t the fasters route, but it is absolutely the most beautiful. You will find a lot of curves, an amazing view on the ocean, high  mountains and colourful flowers during this route.

After 1 hour drive you arrive at Betty’s Bay. There is a small sign along the road with a penguin on it. Make sure you stop, because you can see here a large African penguin colony. After this just continue your route to Hermanus.

When we arrived at Hermanus we went to check in at our accommodation: Hermanus Esplanade. After checking in we climbed the rocks and had a lovely view over the sea. In the evening we had a typical South African braai with a large group of students. If you feel like, you can explore the nightlife at Hermanus. We went to 2 pubs: Shimmies and Barneys. Because Hermanus is a small village, I guess these are the only pubs in town. Luckily for us, it were nice pubs and we had a lovely time!

Except watching wales there are many other activities that take place at Hermanus. You could go quad biking, shark cage diving, horse riding, zip lining, wine tasting and there’s  a lot more! Are you in a less active mood? Just enjoy  the amazing view!

I went quad biking for the first time in my life. It was so much fun! Halfway the route we stopped to make some pictures of the stunning views.

On Sunday we went back and again took the touristic route. We saw some Baboons sitting next to the road. I believe that´s really impressive! In the Netherlands you can only see them in a zoo. We stopped at Gordon´s Bay to grab some lunch. To make a long story short, it was a fantastic weekend and I highly recommend to go to Hermanus during whale season!



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Football Match: Ajax Cape Town – Mamelodi Sundowns

What an amazing football match yesterday! Ajax Cape Town 2 – 2 Mamelodi Sundowns. Lovely people, great atmosphere, beautiful stadium and lots of fun.



Guestbook entry from Fejo III 2013

FEJO 3 2013

Dear Kurus-English team!

It was a great pleasure spending two weeks with you in Cape Town. Thank you for so much fun and so many magificent impressions. The excursions were extremely interesting and very helpful to improve our English skills and to learn more about South Africa.

Special thanks to our teachers…

We will sorely miss you all!

Jenny, Jana, Tanja, Nils, Djamel, Markus, Philipp, Steffen, Selina, Martin, Luise, Maik, Johannes, Tom, Lisa

Language Excursion: Food and Cuisine

This week we had a beautiful language excursion about food.

We started the week at BoKaap  at Na-Iema, where the students could taste lovely Cape Malay cuisine. The Malay slaves imported to the Cape by the Dutch East India company in 1658, came from Indonesia, Malaysia and Madagascar. Their ability to adapt their recipes to locally available ingredients soon became apparent and their cooking talents, using the aromatic spices from the Far East, greatly enhanced the local settler cuisine. This was an important development in South African food history.

We went to the township which is called Langa to visit Nomzamo chisa nyama. Langa is the oldest of such townships in Cape Town and was the location of much resistance to Apartheid. We tasted the isiXhosa Food, which is mostly made up of starch/carbohydrates.

At to end this amazing week we went to Honest Chocolate to make our own healthy chocolate.





Hello everyone!

6-9-2013 (3)

The spring is started and so is my internship at Kurus English. I love the bright colours at Kurus English, they just make you feel happy!

My name is Francien Tullemans, I am 19 years old and I have been studying International Business at Zuyd University Maastricht for the last two years. Part of my Bachelor’s Degree is completing an internship abroad. This is the reason why I’m in Cape Town now. I will be staying here for 5 beautiful months. I think that working in an English-speaking environment and in a new city will be quite a challenge, but I am sure I will have a great time. And you know what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun.

I am very happy to join Kurus English. Hopefully, I will learn a lot and have a wonderful experience. So, thanks to Kurus English for having me and giving me this amazing opportunity. I will do my best to help you with the school’s marketing campaign and many other activities.

Besides doing an internship, meeting wonderful people from diverse backgrounds,  and getting to know Cape Town and its culture, I also hope to improve my English.

If you would like to know more about me or about Kurus English, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to help you.

Hope to see you at Kurus English very soon!

Kind regards,


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


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