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Classic City Homestay


Cape Town is a unique city which is extremely popular with travellers of all ages. The natural beauty is a constant wonder for visitors, with Table Mountain providing a striking backdrop to this relaxed, cosmopolitan city. Classic Cape Town allows students to experience this vibrant, multicultural city in a safe EC environment.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  • Course materials

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Max. 15 students per class

  • Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):
    - 5 half-day activities
    - 5 evening activities
    - 1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

  • Transport to school and activities

  • Full board - Half board

  • Return Airport Tranfers

Dates available

  • 05 Jan - 02 Feb 2019
  • 04 Jan - 01 Feb 2020


  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • +27 (0) 8488 66342

Live in a comfortable, local home and experience a new culture with the homestay. Enjoy a warm environment and home-cooked meals.

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  • Public transport or homestay providers drops off.


Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.


Tea/coffee, toast, jam and cereal with the homestay provider(s)


Allowance of ZAR50 per day for lunch, which can be purchased very close to the school.


Students will have dinner with the homestay provider. Dinner generally includes a salad, meat or fish, pasta or rice.

Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.
  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan - will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week

    EC must be informed of specific dietary requirements at the time of the booking. While EC endeavours to accommodate special requests such as Dietary requirements, this will have to be confirmed at booking stage by the accommodation department.


Optional Student Insurance is now being offered in all destinations.

At the time of booking, EC must be advised of any medical conditions, allergies or medication that needs to be taken by the student. EC will endeavour to find a homestay provider that can accept students with medical conditions. However, if we are not advised of this in advance, EC cannot take responsibility should the homestay provider refuse to accept the student in their home.

Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes.The insurance must be acquired prior to their arrival.

Transfer details

Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.


Room Type

Twin room with shared bathroom

Board status
Full board

What to expect from the accommodation

  • Students will also be allowed access to living areas during acceptable hours.
  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to accept incoming calls. Calling cards can be found in many local stores.
  • International Leaders are accommodated in twin rooms shared with another International Leader. If International Leaders book a single room, a single room supplement will be charged at the time of booking and reserved based on availability.

With advance notice, EC can accommodate special requests, e.g., non-smoking family, no pets, allergies, special dietary requirements, etc. Students should bear in mind that this may not always be possible.

Valid reasons must accompany a request for a homestay change, and each request is considered on its own merits. Such changes are also subject to availability. Students must pay for all costs incurred, including transport, additional accommodation charges and cancellation fees (where applicable). The additional charges must be paid in full prior to the move. EC is happy to assist students with arrangements for any justifiable accommodation changes.


Bed linen is provided; students should bring their own towels.


Towels and linen are changed weekly by the homestay provider but the student will have access to a laundry facility.


Students can use laundry facilities once a week. Depending on the homestay, the homestay provider may either do the student's laundry, or the student may have to do his/her own.

Learning centre

Lessons are held at EC Cape Town

Course: General English

20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

  • The course will help improve English language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English in practical situations. Regular tests and conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their English as much as possible.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff provide feedback and support and help students build confidence to speak English.
  • If the school is busy, EC will utilise a Double Banking timetable.
  • All lessons and activities work together. Each week covers a different theme and what's learnt in class is linked with activities outside of the classroom.This means learners get to use and practice their skills every single day.

First Day

On the first day, all students take a placement test, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability. In the afternoon, students will be given an Orientation Tour.

Students will receive a Welcome Pack, containing general information about their programme. This will be given to students at their homestay.
EC Cape Town Homestay Programme - Sunday:
09:45 Arrival at the learning centre
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk
10:15-11:45 Testing
11:45-13:00 Lunch break (packed lunch provided by your homestay provider)
13:00-15:00 City Orientation
15:00 Spend the rest of your day with your host family
Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.
  • 08:45-09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00-10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45-12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night

Maximum Class Size

15 students


All students must attend school and activities on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example). In the case of a student falling ill, an EC member of staff will accompany the student to a doctor or hospital.

Educational materials

Students will be given a notepad, a folder and pens as part of their Welcome Pack.

Extra Activity

  • Safari 2 Day Trip: Every Weekend

View Full Programme & More

Please view the programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S   Arrivals Welcome Dinner with Homestay
M Placement Test and Lessons City Tour Free Evening*
T Table Mountain Themed LessonsMovie Night
W Themed Lessons Camps Bay BeachInternational Night
T Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Themed LessonsGames Night
F Themed Lessons Lions Head HikeBraai (BBQ)
 S Cape Agulhas and Hermanus Trip or Optional 2-Day Safari

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.
Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.


Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Ages 13-15: 10pm
  • Ages 16-17: 11pm

Alcohol consumption

Any EC student on the EC Young Learners programme caught consuming alcohol during their stay risks being expelled from the school and repatriated to their home country. No alcohol consumption is permitted during the programme regardless of age.


The consumption and possession of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student and the possible intervention of the police.


Smoking is NOT allowed at any time during the programme.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is dissatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are sent an initial on-line Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay, such as tuition, accommodation and leisure. The form also allows students the opportunity to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an online End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay which gives then the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home country.

Accommodation Rules

  • Students must keep their room neat and tidy, including making their own bed every morning.
  • Curfew times must be respected by all students. If students know they are coming home late, they should let their homestay provider know.
  • Students should ask their homestay provider before using their kitchen.
  • Students are liable for any damages/breakages to the homestay provider’s property or possessions.
  • Students must ask for the homestay provider's permission before bringing any guests home.
  • Students must make sure that they do not lose the house key (if they are given a key), and never lend it to anyone.
  • Students must ask if they may use the telephone and pay immediately if they do for any calls they make.
  • Smoking is NOT allowed at any time.


EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any of the following reasons:

  • Possession of any illegal drugs
  • Drinking or bringing alcohol on to any EC premises
  • Malicious damage to school property or place of accommodation
  • If the student is a danger to his/her own safety or that of 
    other students
  • Breaking South African law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons and/or 
    social activities

In any of the above circumstances, the student is informed that their stay is going to be terminated with immediate effect. Simultaneously, EC informs the student’s agent of the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available is booked at the students' expense and an EC staff member accompanies the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any students who have been expelled.

EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.