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Guestbook entry from Carmen

Recipe for luck:

Enjoy a lot, Laugh a lot, Love a lot, Go to Cape Town, learn English with Kurus

Carmen 

Carmen


Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

The theme of this week was World Design Capital 2014. Our first trip was to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF), it 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.

After this  our students went to Woodstock. We took a walk through Woodstock and had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing street art. We learned more about Woodstock and its diversity. Afterwards, we visited the Woodstock Exchange and had a look at some incredible creative businesses.

SEED is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. Its showroom is located in Mitchells Plain and we took a look there today. It is a magnificent resource, including a fully off-the-grid low-cost home, a seed bank, a food forest, a gourmet mushroom project and an outdoor classroom. Parents of the school children are involved in the project, not just the children, so the initiative takes on community building angles.


Guestbook entry from Philipp

Dear Kurus,

I was only one week here in Kurus Language School, but it was a fantastic week.  I will come back, thanks for everything!

Philipp from Aachen

Philipp


Language Excursion: Building Cities

This week we found out more about Building Cities in Cape Town. Our students went for a city walk in the Central Business District (CBD) of Cape Town. It is bounded by Woodstock, District Six, Gardens, the Bo-Kaap, Green Point, the V&A Waterfront and the Port. It includes the historical ‘Old Town’, the East City and the Foreshore.

The second trip was to Langa. The CBD of the future will be Langa, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Manenberg. All of these are currently called townships and were originally on the periphery, that is, the edge of the city. We  learned more about a project in Langa, called: The Langa Quarter. The Langa Quarter imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town.

At last, we went to Khayelitsha. This is a partially informal township in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats. The name is Xhosa for Our New Home and was established in 1985. Today Khayelitsha is home to between 500,000 and 2 million people (although the official City of Cape Town estimate is at 400,000), this is why Khayelitsha is called a ‘city in a city’. Our students visited the Department of Coffee, a coffeeshop located in Khayelitsha.


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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,

Nicole

Nicole


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

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,

Bettina

Bettina


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,

Kevin

Kevin


Guestbook entry from Sonja

Thanks for having a GREAT time in Cape Town.

All the best,

Sonja

Sonja


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.

 

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Guestbook entry from Esther

Thanks to everybody

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

Esther

Esther


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

FEJO 5


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.

Go on KURUS

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

Maria

Maria


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 :-)

Maike

Maike


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

 

Noura

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