In the second year of my education we had to make a choise if we wanted to go abroad. I choose South Africa immediately. This was a dream for me. After a year of collecting all the European Credits, it was time to give the journey to Cape Town some shape. Together with a student from my school, Annemiek Withaar, we went to Hengelo in The Netherlands. At Saxion we got our information about the internships. We heard about the do and dont's and the way of education. After our briefing we heard the name of the school where we would go for our internship. The principal, Mr Hunter, sended us an email after a week to confirm our internships at his school. He already arranged a place for us to stay during our internship.
We will fly to Cape Town on the 23rd of February and be staying till the 24th of May.
We are really looking forward to the journey we are about to make.
We arrived at Wynberg. When we arrived at the airport Danie was waiting for us. We drove to our house where we will stay for the next three months. I can say that Africa is a really nice country. But you can see the difference between the poor and the rich people, because there are people who lives in villas and there are houses made from corrugated. The people are very nice to us.
The next three month we will stay in a mansion. The house is really big. The host family consists of Danie (the man of the house), Jola (the woman of Danie) and their daughter, Elsa. I’m feeling really at home, because we can do all the things we also do at home.
The first week we did a lot of things. I’ve eaten ostrich for the first time. It taste very well. We went to Victoria Wharf what is next to Clifton beach. The shopping center is really big and luxurious. On the way back we drove along the coast. The view was really nice. In the evening we met some other students from The Netherlands. We now know more about their stay and internship. They are teaching at different schools. We decided to see that schools in the future. So we have different looks of the schools in South-Africa.
We went to a wine tasting on Thursday at Klein Constantia. The views of the vineyards is breathtaking. We took a bottle of wine for the host family and they tried Dutch cheese. They liked it, off course!
In the evening we went to the carnival. It’s a different carnival then at our place at home. There were several food stalls and there was also a fair.
On Friday we went on the mountain bike to our internship school for a first look. The roads are really high, so it was a really tough route. We still need to get used to it. The traffic is really busy and there are no cycle paths. The roads are really small so we have to watch out. It’s really funny because you see very few bicycles and in the Netherlands you can’t watch nowhere and you see a bike.
We do our internship at the International school of Cape Town. It is a private school and the classes are small. At the school they’re working with projects. And they’re having a substitute teacher for nearly every subject. This means that the education is of a high standard. The International school is working with the schools in the townships to help each other to give the best education that is possible.
We are getting used to living in Cape Town. We cycle to school, give our lessons, observe the teachers and go home. We do this for 4 day's. The fifht is for research. This can be a problem. My laptop decided to leave me alone in Cape Town. Thankfully I can use the computer from the people i'm living with. After a week of being on school my mentor decided to be sick. This ment that I had to do the class. The manager of the school came up to me and asked if I was up for the job. I'm always ready for a challenge so said yes right away. Maybe I forgot to do everything In English.... Well, I needed some practise and got it. It was a great day and the children wore impressed of the lessons I gave. I added a Dutch touch to it. They loved it.
A couple of weeks ago we had Dutch visitors at the ISCT. Sander from Saxion came by to see how we were doing. He observed a lesson I gave and gave feedback afterwards. He said my English was very good and I will be okay at ISCT. I was happy yo hear this. After this day I skyped with my Dutch internship supervisor Gertrude Pieters. I read that you have to have two skype moments with her. Well, that was fun. We talked about allot and I was trying to make her jealous about my sunny situation. It worked! But The Netherlands just experienced 14 degrees so were completely in summer mode and I had to hear that. Yeah, I'm used to 26 degrees in general so I was freezing with the thought of 14.
From 27-03-2015 till 13-04-2015 it's term break. me and some other Dutch students are going to a vacaion cabine somewhere outside Cape Town. I'm looking forward to it. I'm a little bit done to hear the alarm go off at 6:30 (5:30 Dutch time) three days and one day at 6:00 (5:00 Dutch time).
Well, that was a impressive bungee jump! What is South Africa beautiful. Can't think of a country who can offer you this much. As you look at the date of this update you can tell that my three months in Cape Town are almost over. In 4 days I will be up in they air, going back to The Netherlands. If I look back at the journey, I have to say that some things really surprised me on the financial level. Down below you will find the costs.
I forgot that my school in The Netherlands keeps charging. If you have to pay 300 euro's per month, 365 euro's per 2 months and get your life going I'm gonna warn you. It's expensive. But I have to say, I was lucky. Some people I got to know had it way worse. They paid 350 euro's per month. That was excluding the groceries and a limited Wifi. My 300 euro's was with unlimited Wifi and the groceries were done for us. You think that Africa is cheap. At the moment that I'm typing this, one euro equals 13 rands. It may sound cheap, but it isn't. If you calculate everything and make it in to a sum, you will be surprised. The basic things are much cheaper in South Africa. The things you don't expect to be that expensive are the expensive things. For example, groceries. In The Netherlands it's cheaper to do groceries than to go out for dinner. In South Africa it is cheaper to go out for Dinner than buy groceries. It is just the other way around.
In the beginning of our trip we had an agreement with Saxion in Hengelo. If we didn't like it, we would have an other place in two weeks. This was because we had to live with a family and basically had to adjust. We were not really looking forward to that. By the time we arrived we didn't want to go anywhere else. The family is so caring and so loving towards us. It felt that we were part of the family. That is something I really going to mis.
This was my last update. If you have any questions about my journey, prices or want some tips, don't hesitate to send my a message on this website.
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