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Exploring the city: EC Cape Town Skates!

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“I’ve learnt to depend on myself more than ever before”.

By Basel Alzarari


I read about EC English school on the internet. My parents and I decided to go to Cape Town to study there. I found the best way to learn a language is by going to the people who speak the language that you want to learn. In order to study there, I had organised everything; I booked accommodation and got my visa. I was excited to start a new journey, explore a new place but I was really excited to see if Cape Town skates.


Ready to Rollerblade!
An EC student discovers more than English!

When I arrived in Cape Town:

A lot of things changed in my life. The pace of living is very fast in South Africa. I usually went to sleep early in order to start the day early, which is not what I was used to. I didn’t enjoy going out at night either. When it comes to eating, the typical food in Cape Town was a bit different for me. I found that people would put sugar in their rice, everything was sweeter. So I preferred to cook my own meals because I could cook whenever I want and whatever I like.

In my home town, I really loved to do a bunch of different activities. Especially anything related to skating whether it was ice-skating or rollerblading. What I had noticed in Cape Town is that not many people are interested in rollerblading but skateboarding is a lot more popular.

I have never in my life thought that I would try skateboarding, having said that I took the first step and bought a skateboard. It had caught my interest and it seemed to be an amazing way to go around and explore the city, while meeting new people and using the English language at the same time.

Coincidentally, I found a teacher at EC Cape Town that skates,  who was offering private skateboarding lessons. I decided to participate in one of her lessons for a new experience. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. We started an hour before the sunset. While we were cruising along Sea Point promenade, teacher Aaliya taught me some basic skills; such as how to ride the board and how to stop properly. She taught me how to avoid making small mistakes which might cause injury. Finally, when the lesson finished, it was time for the sun to set which was a magnificent view!


EC Cape Town Lion's head hike

I highly recommend it! These lessons are not only about having fun but also about being active. The entire experience in Cape town has helped me become independent.


At EC Cape Town, our General English courses allow students to study for a few hours a day and then explore, do a number of social activities and practice the language in the real world. We hope that our students can find what they are passionate about and explore that subject confidently. The EC family said goodbye to Basel, a long term student from Saudi Arabia. He shared with us what he thought of his journey in Cape Town. Basel was always ready for a hike, a run or a skateboarding lesson. He spoke to us about his favourite memories and is proof that there is no limit to what you can do in Cape Town.

EC Cape Town Graduation Day
Basel and his teachers on his last day at EC Cape Town.

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