Felix and Elfi live in a 6-bedroomed detached house in the pretty town of Olessa de Montserrat with easy access to nearby Barcelona in Spain, a lively city renowned as a tourist destination with its wealth of famous sights, shops, and cafés. There are four sons – Miguel, Pau, Guillem and Gueralt – whose ages range from 11 to 18 years.
Felix has a University Degree in Spanish literature and has had extensive experience in mainstream education and one-to-one teaching of Spanish. Elfi is a teacher of Spanish and German, and is also an experienced translator.
Interests: All the family are very sporty and also love music. Both Felix and Elfi are keen skiers.
Travel Information: By taxi or family transfer
Sue and David live in a large, detached house with 5 bedrooms in Minnis Bay, Kent (England) on the sea. They are close to shops, the sea front and all the facilities of the nearby town of Birchington. They have a daughter of 15, Lauren, and a son of 11, Connor.
Sue has the CELTA and Trinity College Diploma in TESOL. She has been teaching English to foreign learners on a one-to-one and two-to-one basis at home for over ten years. David is an engineer in the steel industry.
Interests: Sue is interested in sport and her active interests include swimming, cycling and walking; David likes all sports, especially swimming; their children, Lauren and Connor, are also enthusiastic about swimming and cycling.
Travel Information: They are 1.5 hours by car from Gatwick, 20 minutes from Port Ramsgate and 45 minutes from Port Dover.
Anne-Marie and Christian live in a 5-bedroomed house in Antony, which is in the south of Paris, France and is within easy reach of the centre.
Anne-Marie has a French state teaching qualification and she has had many years of teaching in mainstream education and teaching French on a one-to-one basis. Christian is an engineer and his work has taken him to the USA, Germany as well as France.
Interests: Both Anne-Marie and Christian share in interests in travel and hiking. Anne-Marie also enjoys reading, gardening and mountaineering.
Travel Information: Easy access on the RER B train from central Paris to Antony.
Jane and Peter live in a 3-bedroomed terraced house in the seaside town of Herne Bay in Kent (England). All usual facilities can be found there and the pretty towns of Broadstairs and Ramsgate are a short distance away. There is also easy access by train to the cathedral city of Canterbury. They have a daughter, Hannah, who is six, and a son, Jo, who is three.
Jane has a PGCE (Post graduate Certificate in Education) and a Bachelor of Arts University Degree. She has been teaching English to foreign learners on a one-to-one and two-to-one basis for three years. Peter is a Driving Instructor.
Interests: All the family are keen swimmers. Jane’s other interests are reading and walking. Peter enjoys watching football and working out in the gym.
Travel Information: Herne Bay railway station can be reached from London Victoria in approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and the family home is two miles from the station.
Megs and Eric live in a 4-bedroomed terraced house in the lovely London residential area of Chiswick and central London is easily accessible from here.
Megs has both a Bachelor of Arts University Degree in French and a Master of Arts Degree in Modern Languages. Besides this, she has a TEFL certificate from the Stanton School of English and a Diploma in Marketing. Her teaching career encompasses language teaching in primary school as well as many years of teaching English as a Foreign Language on a one-to-one basis. She has also had experience of working in commerce. Eric is a qualified chartered accountant and works in finance.
Interests: Megs’ interests are reading, theatre, gym and swimming. Eric is keen on history, reading, rowing and fishing.
Travel Information: Easy access from Gatwick or Heathrow by train/underground or by taxi.
Helen and Frank live in a large house with 6 bedrooms in the very best area of Tunbridge Wells, Kent (England). They have 3 daughters and 2 sons, all of whom have now left home.
Helen has a very interesting combination of qualifications. She has a University Degree (BA) and a Law Degree; in fact, she has spent most of her working life as a practising solicitor. In addition, however, she has the CELTA. Needless to say, she is extremely well able to teach all students who want a law based language course. Helen has been teaching foreign learners at home for 10 years. Frank is also a lawyer and has attained various eminent positions in the legal profession, including that of Coroner for his local district. He is currently a Tribunal Chairman.
Interests: Helen likes doing needlework and listening to music for relaxation; Frank enjoys cycling.
Travel Information: Around 45 minutes by car from Gatwick.
Bob and Susan live in a 5-bedroomed detached house in a quiet village about 6 kilometres from Maidstone, the capital of Kent (England). Maidstone has a wide range of sport and cultural facilities and is within easy reach of London. They have a son and a daughter who are no longer living at home.
Bob is TEFL qualified and has a solid business background with wide experience in sales, marketing and management training. Bob has been teaching English on a one-to-one basis for 6 years. Susan works for the local council as a housing manager.
Interests: Both Bob and Susan love travelling and have had many caravanning holidays. Bob is also a cricket enthusiast while Susan enjoys suduku and reading.
Travel Information: Train time from London is under an hour.
Yvonne and Phillip live in a large Victorian semi-detached house in a beautiful residential part of London near the river Thames. The city centre is easily accessible. They have one son who no longer lives at home.
Yvonne has diplomas in language teaching and theology. She has had many years experience teaching in mainstream education as well as teaching English on a one-to-one basis. She has particular interest and experience in English for Science. Phillip is a retired medical doctor and now lectures at a university.
Interests: Yvonne especially enjoys cooking along with reading, art, antiques and cycling. Phillip likes playing golf, walking and sport in general.
Travel Information: Their home is easily reached by train to Strawberry Hill station or by underground to Richmond.