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Welcome to EC Cape Town!

Your first week in a new city sounds a little bit scary…  but don’t be afraid! This is a small survival guide to help you relax and enjoy your homestay in Cape Town, while you keep discovering the city!! First step: Buy a South African sim card. Wifi isn’t always available in some homes. So, even if you are planning to keep your old number, you must get a local sim card to access the internet. EC Cape Town offers free wi-fi to all our students so don’t worry! Second: Check your address and the best way to come to school. You should also speak with other EC students and with your host family (trust me: your family knows more than you about the place that you are living in now). Third tip: MY CITI CAN SAVE YOU! Have you ever heard of it? Welcome to Cape Town. ‘My Citi’ is the most popular and safest public transport in and around the city. Even if it’s not necessary to take a bus to school, you can use it to go to the beach… to your friend’s place… to the supermarket.. and it’s really affordable! Fourth: Check the pharmacy, the hospital and the super market close to your home. Ask your new parents, start a conversation, be friendly and discover more about your own neighbourhood. Fifth and last: Relax, chill and go out to meet new people, amazing places and fall in love with Cape Town. It’s easy and take it easy!

The atmosphere was electric as this was a very important game

Rugby for Beginners

Rafael and a few EC Cape Town students recently went to a rugby game to find out what this South African sport was all about. Rafael lives in one our homestay options  in Cape Town and his host mother had encouraged him to attend … he did, and invited a few other students to join 🙂 This is how he describes the experience. Imagine a person knows nothing about rugby; this person is me. But watching a rugby game is a must-see in South Africa, like going up Table Mountain. My experience started on my journey to the football stadium, which took me back to my memories of the big football classics in Brazil. The traffic jam around the stadium, many people happily cheering for their team and the environment was so exciting. The only thing I missed was someone shouting: Coke, 20 Rands in my hands! It was funny watching the game eating popcorn and drinking a beer. At some point I thought “I’m at the cinema” When the teams arrived for the game, I was infected by the feeling of the people around me; and I remembered what my South African mom said to me: “You have to cheer for the Stormers” I am a good guy and so I cheered “Go Stormers!!!” The game started and people shouted excitedly but I saw the players were like gladiators in a vigorous game, disputing point for point. For me, a ‘Stormers’ fan, the game was dramatic because the Bulls started winning. But as the game continued, the Stormers had a strong defense and there was a turnaround so that they eventually won the game 30-22. After the game I learnt something about rugby: You can only pass the ball forward… and rugby is for strong people!    

Raquel and some the EC Cape Town students who become her friends

An intense learning experience @ EC Cape Town

Doing an exchange seems like an easy decision at first. You choose the country, choose how you’ll pay for the school, the accommodation, and you’re ready to go! Everything seems sorted.However, experiencing a travel exchange is less mechanic. It is something colourful and complex. We get so involved with this journey, that needless to say, will impact your life forever – even for a short period of time. The days became so intense that learning is constant. Personally, this one month I stayed in Cape Town taught me much more than a full year of routine in Brazil. It was my first international travel experience and it will not be the last.Indeed, among all the experiences, learning a new language in direct contact with another culture was enriching! I have a debt of gratitude to the teachers of EC who, with much dedication and enthusiasm, opened the doors to a whole universe of new possibilities, because learning is one of my greatest pleasures. In fact, sharing points of view with people who come from other countries and cultures made me respect and learn about the differences and about knowing a world bigger than I thought. Talking about my days in Cape Town in a few lines is unfair, because every detail was important to contribute to the person that I am today. Every person that I met here is a vibrant soul with whom I left a little bit of myself, and from whom I take a little bit with me. I made more than friends here, I discovered a family! Finally, not every day was perfect, but the journey was marvellous, precisely because of these imperfections. What does not kill us, makes us stronger, and I came out stronger from this exchange. Thank you Cape Town! I made this magical … Read more