Over the past few weeks we have mentioned many ways of learning English outside the classroom. One such way, if you have the opportunity, is to do an internship in a native English speaking country. Gijs Groothuis from The Netherlands decided to do just that, he has been at our school since February this year. And sadly today we have to say good bye to Gjis here at Oxford English Academy.

I asked him a few questions to find out a little more about his experience here in Cape Town. Gijs is a good looking, outgoing 22 year old university student who has a great sense of humour and has charmed all the staff at the school. When asked what the highlight of his time here was he answered, “The biggest highlight was not one specific moment. Every day had its own special moments. Making fun of my colleague Daan, having lunch with students at Miriam’s Kitchen, going on social programme and much more all contributed to my time here. However skydiving probably tops my list!” (Told you he is a charmer.)

I wanted to know what advice he would give potential students or interns coming to Cape Town. “I would say go out and make the most of every moment, time flies in Cape Town! Go on trips, eat at different places and meet as many people as possible. I would suggest doing the Garden Route, skydiving, bungee jumping, shark cage diving and having drinks on Long Street.” As you can see Cape Town definitely offers enough to keep any adrenalin junkie happy!

On improving his English, Gijs had this to say:” By speaking and writing English every single day I improved a lot. I enjoyed this way of learning because I was surrounded by people who were always willing to help me. This proved to me that the best way to learn is to just do it!”

To sum up his experience Gijs said the following: “I had the time of my life and am unhappy that I have to leave already. I had such a wonderful time in Cape Town and at Oxford English Academy. I am determined to come back and see this beautiful city again. The school taught me so much and I will never be able to thank them enough.”

Gjis it was a pleasure having you here, your friendly manner and goofy ways will be missed! We wish you all the best with your future endeavours. We hope to see you back again soon.