Students studying at LTC this summer will have the added benefit of experiencing “Springbok Fever” in Cape Town. Nothing has ever brought people from different walks of life together like cheering on the Springbok Rugby team.
Foreign students and tourists during this time share the enthusiasm of the “rainbow nation”. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, coined the term to symbolically describe the fusion of South Africa’s diverse ethnicities, cultures, creeds, languages, flora and fauna.
The theme of rugby and sport in general have been incorporated into English lessons at LTC. Teaching focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and emphasizing competence in writing including the composition of letters, reports and emails. No matter what language you learn at LTC though, you will experience a classroom where the love of the language is nurtured, and the culture of the nation is celebrated.
Currently, the sun is setting later, days are longer and it’s that time of year when everyone is going back to work-even though we really don’t want to. At this time of the year, some city parks and nature reserves stay open a little longer due to the sun going down a bit later in the evening. If you are keen on a run, walk or even just an evening picnic, look into which parks or reserves are open till early evening.
Another favourite sport for locals and tourists alike, is kitesurfing. It is not unusual for students to join their host families in visiting and even joining in some kitesurfing fun at one of Cape Town’s five best kiting spots. In a nutshell, Cape Town is to kiters what Hawaii is to surfers.
In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Sport has the power to change the world; it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite like little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there only was despair.”