CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
I have been involved in education for more than 45 years which hopefully gives an indication of my love for students. Even though I’m retired, teaching is my passion. Currently I serve as the head facilitator and programme developer of The Paragon Generation “Edutech Master Learner” programme (www.learn2learn.co.za). We equip students in effective study skills and techniques and train teachers in creative methodology. Its great fun, for there’s always “something new”. It has always been my challenge to be creative, innovative and practical in order to make learning fun, so there’s no “dull and boring” lessons here.
My husband, Francois, loves research and has a rich knowledge of local and world history. He loves hiking up Table Mountain and you’re sure to join him to achieve the title “I’ve Been There”. Having an adventurous spirit, we love traveling, sightseeing and visiting interesting places. We’re young at heart and hold the view that “age is all in the mind”. We have five adult children and we’re grateful to have 7 grandchildren. Our children unfortunately live in other provinces far from us, with our youngest son living in Portland USA.
We used to farm with fruit and livestock in Mpumalanga in South Africa. In 2001 we were invited to teach in Mainland China. I was an English Foreign Language lecturer at three prominent universities in Changchun and taught Basic English Skills, American Culture and History, and how to be proactive in career building.
Having gained valuable knowledge of various cultures, and understanding the emotions of not being in your native country, there’s no doubt that foreign students are welcomed with heartfelt South African hospitality. We regard hosting foreign students as returning the favour of the hospitality and love we experienced in China.
Location: Brackenfell, Western Cape | View a map of this location
Nearest airport(s): Cape Town International Airport
Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Cape Town International Airport
Nearest railway station: Cape Town
Any Other Languages?
- Lower/Pre- Intermediate
- 14 – 16
Mimmie is married to Francois. He is Retired; Writer and Historian.
About the Local Area
We live in a “close” (no traffic running past our house) in Brackenfell, Cape Town. We’re 30km away from the airport, the beach, Cape Town city, the amazing mountains and the lush winelands – thus ideally situated central to all the scenic and famous South Africa attractions in the Western Cape province.
We’re walking distance from our main shopping centers and cinemas.
Our local schools are within 5 -10 minutes drive from our home – depending on the traffic
Our home is safe guarded with an alarm system, high walls and burglar bars. We have a security company doing regular patrols and a neighborhood watch of which my husband is an active member. Our suburb is quiet and we’re surrounded with supportive neighbours who mostly work from their homes.
Excursions available with Mimmie
1. CAPE TOWN:
1.1. Natural Seventh Wonder of the World: TABLE MOUNTAIN; We climb or ascend by cable car to the top. Then have a typical South African picnic on the rocks, where
after we search for the “Letter in a Bottle” which is our English lesson for the day. Have a hike on the mountain and descend by cable car. Not forgetting the
ice cream treat at Green Point.
1.2 Red Bus city tour – check out the website for this amazing day trip to Kirstenbosch Gardens, Bird park, Tea bag art factory, Hout Bay and a typical South African
meal – Fish and Chips and then back to the waterfront.
1.3. Waterfront and Aquarium
1.4. Heart Museum; Rugby Museum, National Museum, Planetarium, etc.
1.5. Chapmans Peak hike – exquisite views and natural flora.
1.6. Culture: Coloured and Malay community: Bo-Kaap and Long Street;
1.7. The Castle
1.8. Blaauwberg – famous for photographing Table Mountain & Parasailing
1.9. Parliament Buildings and gardens.
1.20. Die Grote Kerk; oldest Church and extraordinary pulpit
1.21. Canal Walk – Largest Southern Africa Shopping Mall
1.22. Noon Gun: Ancient canon on Signal Hill announcing mid-day in Cape Town. Used to announce arrivals of ships in the harbor; A historical gem.
2. STELLENBOSCH/PAARL/ FRANSCHOEK:
2.1. Winelands and culture
2.2. Butterfly World
2.3. Taal Monument
2.4 French Huguenot Museum and Monument
2.5. Du Toit’s Kloof Pass and Tunnel with scenic places along the route,
2.6. Typical street markets
2.7. Visit to a game park
3.1. Whale watching if in season.
3.2 Harry Porter Botanical Gardens
3.3. “Heaven and Earth” Route for canola fields in season
4.1. Beaches: Muizenberg; Kalk Bay; Fish Hoek:
4.2. The Boulders – penguin breeding
4.3. Cape Point where the two oceans meet