Volunteering in EC Cape Town

This is your chance to volunteer with animals or children on your study-abroad trip to South Africa. EC Cape Town English school is proud to announce the launch of exciting new volunteer programmes. Work with animals Do you want to work with animals? Wildlife volunteers can choose to work on an elephant reserve, a marine experience or an animal sanctuary. Experience can be both hands-on and research-based, depending on the programme. Participation in these programmes requires a minimum age of 16 or 18 years old. An English level of intermediate to upper-intermediate. Participants will be required to converse with others and understand direction from the leaders. The African Primate Encounter involves maintaining the general upkeep of the sanctuary and feeding primates. Coastal Birds Encounter is an opportunity to work with a non-profit. The African Big Cats Encounter is on a sanctuary where animals are rehabilitated both physically and emotionally. Work with children New volunteering programmes to work with children are available at EC Cape Town. Responsibilities vary from entertaining children, helping prepare their meals, admin duties and aiding literacy among a myriad of other tasks. Participants must have an English level of intermediate to upper-intermediate. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old and provide a Police Clearance Certificate. EC Cape Town students can choose between placement at a day-care facility, a creche or a literacy centre in a Cape Town township. Plettenberg Bay Kids volunteer programme is in a home for children who have no home of their own, providing them with clothing, daily meals, homework supervision and counselling. At Kranshoek Kids, volunteers work to help the poorest children from the community receive one meal daily. All programmes require acceptance via the application form, and some require a motivational letter and/or police clearance certificate. Contact us today for … Read more

Top 5: What’s on in Bristol?

Studying in the UK means having an unbeatable opportunity to be immersed and learn English in the place where the language was born. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what this beautiful and fun-loving city has to offer this summer. [hs_action id=”1321″]   Bristol Harbour Festival | 17th – 19th July 2015 Enjoy a weekend full of live music, markets, dance, and local tradition for free at the Bristol Harbour Festival this July. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and practise English in the real world, so pop down to the Bristol Harbour for live performances, boat races, circus acts, and friendly people!   Bristol International Balloon Fiesta | 6th – 9th August 2015 Don’t miss Bristol’s 37th International Balloon Fiesta this summer! This is Europe’s biggest ballooning event, with four days of fun activities for everyone to enjoy for free. The main attractions include model aircraft flying displays, model balloon parades, fairground rides, and food vendors offering cuisine from all over the world.   Encounters Film Festival | 15th – 20th September 2015 Film lovers take note! This is the UK’s #1 short film and animation festival celebrating talent, creativity, and innovation in the cinematic arts. The festival runs for 6 full days of film screenings, parties, workshops, and other engaging events where those in attendance have the chance to meet like-minded people and mingle with some top names in the industry. Students booking their tickets in groups can benefit from special prices and an early-bird discount too!   Banksy & Bristol Graffiti Tour | Dates and times vary Explore the streets of Bristol and discover mind-blowing graffiti on the city’s walls. The inspirational street artist Banksy is originally from Bristol, so a considerable number of his works can be found here. Grab your camera and see how … Read more

Choosing a language school – Asking about social programmes

  Going abroad to learn English is a unique experience and there’s more to taking an English course than just lessons. What you do after school plays a big part in your trip. Participation in  social activities is an important part of being a student and a good activity programme really adds value to a study-abroad course. Outside of the classroom, your diary should be full of exciting social events and excursions as you explore your destination. So make sure you ask the school: Do you offer a social programme? Whether you enjoy sightseeing, sports, the arts, shopping or just relaxing, a school should offer a varied activity programme of social activities throughout your stay. Check to see if there is something for you to do every day if you choose to. This is particularly important for new arrivals because most students take a course alone and don’t know anyone else on their first day. Social interaction on these programmes allows you to mix with other students from all over the world, practise your English and, importantly, make new friends. Social bonds are improved when people have fun together -it’s a great way to start building relationships. A fun programme will have a positive impact on your stay and make you happier. And as you may know, it’s easier to learn when we are happy! Schools should offer a good range of free activities that allow you to get the best out of your destination. There should also be the option to take part in additional paid activities organised by the school, for example, excursions to places of interest, weekend day trips or even weekends away. The good thing about these, especially if you are only abroad for a short period of time, is that the school organises everything, so … Read more

CSR at EC – Giving Back is Here!

There’s plenty happening in the coming weeks at our English schools on the Social Responsibility front, and lots of opportunities to get involved or, just as importantly, support those that are doing something amazing to benefit others! 4th April EC London – Huge staff and student party with all proceeds going towards fundraising for the 3 Peaks challenge EC Malta & Central – Bake sale held at EC Malta and Central with all proceeds going towards Hospice Malta 5th April EC Brighton – Planting fruit trees for the Racehill Community Orchard in East Brighton EC Malta & Central – Charity treasure hunt with the €5 entry fee going to Hospice Malta 6th April EC Cambridge – Supporting The Liberated Feast, with proceeds going to an education and feeding project for a school in Kenya EC Malta & Central – Selling arts and crafts at a car boot sale, with all proceeds going towards Hospice Malta 11th April EC Vancouver – Bringing in food for the food bank and an international food competition with all proceeds going to a local homeless shelter 12th April EC Los Angeles – Helping out at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a celebration of literature EC Cape Town – Helping out at The Bookerie by assisting them with sorting books to be delivered to Cape Town schools without a library 13th April EC London – Helping the Children’s Society by supporting their runners for the London Marathon 16th April EC Boston – Meeting local community members who have English as a second language for an evening of cultural exchange & communication EC New York – Sorting and organizing donated art supplies that will be donated to schools and non-profit groups 17th April EC Bristol – A school charity activity day, with staff and students … Read more

Last Minute Summer English Courses

It’s not too late to take an English course this summer! We can accept your last-minute bookings, but hurry because we only have a limited amount of places left. Improve your English Visit new places Schools in great locations Make new friends Courses start every Monday Minimum course length is only one week. Contact us today for a free quote

Coming soon: World Environment Day!

Wednesday 5th June is the United Nations World Environment Day, and at EC we’re celebrating in style! Staff and students will be wearing green to raise money for environmental charities, teachers will be delivering lessons on environmental topics and most centres are ‘going paperless’ for the day. In other centres, there are environmental competitions, ‘eco’ film festivals, and even an ‘urban forest’ of environmental commitments! Look out for updates on Yammer. Make sure you get involved (and wear green)! http://www.unep.org/wed/

What’s waiting for you in Oxford?

We have some thrilling news! Our completely refurbished Oxford English school is sitting fresher and prettier than ever on Gloucester Green, in the heart of Oxford’s tradition, history and culture. Hurrah! If you happen to be studying in Oxford this month or planning to do so throughout the coming summer, be prepared to discover all sorts of things to do, places to visit and events to enjoy. Fancy a sneak peek? From the 4th to the 27th May… Oxford Art Weeks – Known as Oxfordshire county’s most important arts festival, this will be your chance to mingle with local artists and craftspeople in their own studios, surrounded by their own work. Inspiration is calling! From the 30th May to the 3rd June Bonn Week – Oxford’s twin city, Bonn, will bring you a week of cultural celebration including: an illuminated canoe tour a Free Showcase Concert starring performers from Oxford and Bonn at Oxford Town Hall Free Burgerfest in Bonn Square with live music and dance Traditional and baroque music performances On the 6th July… Alice’s Day – A jubilant commemoration of the children’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which celebrates the first telling of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved story and characters. More than 20 of Oxford’s most beautiful and prestigious locations will be participating: the Bodleian Library, Botanic Gardens, Oxford Town Hall, Museum of Oxford, Ashmolean museum, Oxford Castle, Christ Church Library and many more! …and on the 7th July The Cowley Road Carnival will also be bursting the city’s streets with comedy, music, fundraising activities and lots of fun and colour. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked up – there will be much more for you to look forward to! Find out more here: Oxford Events

Ain’t no mountain high enough (and there were 3)!

You might have heard of the Three Peaks Challenge and the worthy causes being supported… but do you know what the crew (Charlie, Chris L, Dan, Chris N, Kat, Matt, Sarah, Rich and Joelle) was up to last week? Daniel Woodard reports: ‘Three mountains, 3000m of climbing, 19 hours of walking, 12 hours in a minibus, very little sleep, 100+ bananas, 9 hardy souls, a life-threatening midnight scramble, and the worst bottle of champagne ever. Oh, and over 8,500 pounds raised for charity. What a weekend! Having met up in Glasgow on Friday, we got picked up in the mini-bus and headed to our hotel at Fort William, where it was a 3 course dinner, a safety brief, a couple of beers and just a little trepidation about what lay ahead. The next morning, we were all up early for a hearty fry-up before heading to the first mountain. We started the ascent up Ben Nevis at around 8am – it was a long climb, but the conditions were perfect and the scenery was breath-taking. Photos and congratulations at the summit, and then it was time to head back down. Tired and happy we’d cracked the first one, we piled into the mini-bus and tried to get some sleep before arriving at mountain number two. We started the ascent of Scafell Pike at around 11pm, in total darkness. As we climbed higher, the weather set in: rain, wind, thick cloud cover and very little visibility. Having reached the summit, we quickly set off back down to get out of the foul conditions. Then our guide did the unthinkable – he got us lost! After some treacherous scrambling over wet rocks above some pretty terrifying drops into blackness, we managed to get back on the path and down to safety, and … Read more

Discount on Lufthansa flights to Malta!

Improve your English at EC Malta and get a discounted flight ticket! We’ve teamed up with Lufthansa to offer you discounted flights when you choose to learn English in Malta. Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline, has a comprehensive route network connecting major cities around the world to Malta. Making your reservation is easy: 1 – Go to www.lufthansa.com/education and look out for the ‘Access to Event Booking’ area to the right. If you’re travelling from Malta, enter this access code: MTZSXGQ If you’re travelling to Malta, enter this access code: MTZSXGC. 2 – An online booking platform will automatically calculate your discount, or provide you with an even better offer should another promotional fare be available! Make sure pop-ups are enabled for the booking platform window to open.