Cape Town Pride Parade 2012

One of the most anticipated events on the gay social calendar, the annual Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 3rd March. For one day a year, the Cape’s lgbt community gets together for a proud display of visibility and solidarity. This year, by popular demand, the Parade will be reclaiming the streets of the Mother City’s CBD. Starting at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department in Green Point at noon, the Parade- with a fabulous float procession- will follow its traditional route from Somerset Rd straight into Riebeeck, then down Adderley, Wale and Loop Streets before coming back up Somerset for a party in the Village. – http://capetownpride.org

Table Mountain Hike- 3 March

Join teacher Sean for a hike up Platteklip Gorge and enjoy panoramic views from Table Mountain! When: Saturday 3 March Time: Meet outside EC at 08h00 Distance: About 3km up ( ± 3 hours to the top) Rating: moderate to tough, medium fitness required Cost: cable car (R100) and taxi to & from Table Mountain (R40) Bring plenty of water, snacks, a hat, sun block and a warm jacket. If you would like to join please sign up at reception

News from Nicoletta at EC Miami

In December we reported that Nicoletta would be going to EC Miami to help set up and head the academic department of our new centre of EC in Miami. Two months later and our new school is doing really well and with her help, the Academic department is running smoothly! When not at the school, Nicoletta has also been accompanying students on some of the many fantastic student activities that EC Miami has to offer like trips to Disneyworld, beach days at Miamis famous beaches, basketball games, going to the Southern-most point of the US and much, much more Judging from the pictures below it seems she has definitely had a great time with EC Miami staff & students! EC Cape Town welcomes Nicoletta back next week!

2 Day Safari ~ 3-4 March

Spot South Africa’s wildlife in their natural habitat on a 2 Day Safari tour! DAY 1 > CAPE TOWN > OUDTSHOORN Early morning pick up from Cape Town. A scenic journey via this famous country road toward Oudtshoorn along the scenic Garden Route. CAPE ROUTE 62 – Along South Africa’s famous country road you’ll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards in your personal road movie. OSTRICH FARM TOUR- Learn more about the ostrich and the brave gets a chance to ride on an ostrich’s back. (within weight limits) ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE – Interact, feed and even sit on the knee of elephants to get to know these gentle giants better. OVERNIGHT IN OUDTSHOORN – A semi-desert town in the heart of the Klein Karoo. DAY 2 > OUDTSHOORN > CAPE TOWN CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH – A sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered animals and contribute to conservation of over 60 species. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS: You’ll get the opportunity of a personal ‘Natural Encounter’ to touch cheetahs, hug Bengal tiger cubs, wrap yourself in a python and even dive with Nile crocodiles! (all optional activities – with extra costs) BIG FIVE GAME DRIVE (+- 2 hours) – Spot Africa’s Big 5* from the safety of a open 4×4 vehicle, in their natural habitat. The GARDEN ROUTE GAME LODGE is a malaria free, private game reserve that is home to an abundance of wildlife, including giraffe, white rhino, lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and 24 more species that make up a total of more than 400 animals. Follow the N2 highway to reach Cape Town late evening. Cost: R2280p/p Book with Claudia at reception Includes: – Elephant experience and feeding – Ostrich farm + Ostrich riding (minimum weight allowance) – 4×4 Game … Read more

Writing Competition- 2x Robben Island tickets to be won!

How to enter: Write a 250-300 words essay for higher levels (Intermediate – Advanced) or 150-200 words essay for lower levels (Beginner to Pre-Intermediate) on any Public Holiday from your country. Please hand in your essay to your teacher by Thursday 01 March Your essay should include some history of this day, customs, traditions, food, clothes and other points of interest. Here are some ideas: • Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha- Saudi Arabia • Our Lady Aparecida, Patron St of Brazil • Dia de la Raza- Colombia • Martyrs of the Colonial Repression Day- Angola • Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth and Sports Day-Turkey • Jamahiriya Day-Libya • Whit Monday- Germany • Berchtold’s Day – Switzerland • National Unity Day-Russia • Buddha’s Birthday- South Korea

Valentines Party!

On Friday 10 February, EC Cape Town celebrated Valentine’s Day with a bang! With beautiful handmade décor and delicious homemade snacks there was lots of authentic, heartfelt love going around. In the spirit of Valentine’s, the main act of the evening was a salsa lesson, from a professional salsa instructor, for students and teachers brave enough to try out the complicated moves of this sexy dance, followed by hours of dancing to the beats of the salsa rhythms and other popular songs. Both students and teachers had a great time and it was a party that will be remembered for months to come. For more photos visit the EC Cape Town Facebook page!

Surfing!

Yesterday, 01 February, students learn’t to surf at beautiful Blouberg beach. Check out some of the photos below:

EC Valentines Day Party

Join us for our Valentines party! When: Friday 10 February Time: 18h30– 23h00 Where: EC Cape Town Who: Only EC students Dress: red & white Prizes for best dressed male & female Bring your own drinks/ alcohol, light snacks will be provided

The Cape Town Big 6

The Cape Town Big 6 represents one destination with 6 unforgettable experiences. These 6 attractions are iconic and offer visitors uniquely South African experiences The Cape Town Big 6 include Cape Point with its dramatic scenery; Constantia Wine Valley’s historic vineyards and quaint restaurants; the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden; Robben Island and its infamous prison; the unforgettable Table Mountain Cableway and the chic V&A Waterfront, the shopping and dining hub of the Mother City Go to reception to find out the best way to visit these 6 must-see attractions!