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TEFL TESOL Course South Africa - Port Elizabeth

So, what can we tell you about Port Elizabeth, South Africa? Laid back? Slow? Easy? Geographically, the small city is part of the Nelson Mandela Metro and is situated on the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay (formerly Algoa Bay), midway between Cape Town and Durban. It offers a microcosm of South Africa’s rainbow nation – different colours, creeds and cultures, bound by a common nationality and using a common language to communicate and do business.

The city, the landing place of South Africa’s single biggest migration of English-speaking settlers, boasts people from all walks of life. Walk down Govan Mbeki Avenue and experience real African trading, from traditional herbalists to hairdressers, or wander through Mill Park’s stately homes or Summerstrand’s seaside boardwalk. Enjoy the mixture of African, European and Asian cultures that is so uniquely South African – and all a stone’s throw from frolicking Indian Ocean dolphins and Southern Right whales! Hop into a minibus taxi and take a tour of the townships, the foundation of resistance to apartheid.

You’ll need to spend some time visiting the city’s museums, displaying various aspects of South African history. Walk in Settler’s Park, a huge green lung (not cultivated and all indigenous coastal bush) bisecting Port Elizabeth or nearby Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Or take a quick drive to Kragga Kamma Game Reserve to view a variety of African wildlife up close.

Spend a weekend at Addo National Elephant Park, one of South Africa’s top parks, or in Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, an expanse of real African wilderness. Visit the Karoo, South Africa’s vast semi-desert area and spend time in one of the country’s oldest towns, Graaff-Reinet. For those who love the performing arts, nearby Grahamstown hosts the annual National Arts Festival. This is a must-do if you’re here at the right time (June/July annually) – South Africa’s top performers are all gathered in this small City of Saints, and its well worth a visit. We’ll make sure that you can get to this, but you will need to book really early in order to get any accommodation.


Port Elizabeth, like so much of South Africa, is about the great outdoors. South Africans are not indoor people, and will rush off to parks, reserves and farms at a moment’s notice. Given the fact that some of the continent’s best wildlife viewing is within an hour’s drive of our city, and malaria-free, this is hardly surprising. Take the time to go kayaking on the Bay, or hire a jet-ski. Learn to drive an off-road vehicle, or earn your diving certification. Go quad-biking, hiking or just a plain stroll on the beach. With the world-famous Jeffrey’s Bay just a stone’s throw away, this coastline is ideal for learning to surf. Well-known for its fine beaches, expansive bay and good winds, our city is an ideal location for keen sailors. Because ours is a society of tremendous contrasts, there are opportunities for you to make a meaningful contribution to the continued growth of Africa’s most stable democracy. Visit schools, coach sports teams, teach people about your people and your home. Learn about those sports so characteristic of most former British colonies: rugby, cricket and soccer. Learn how to track wildlife, and collect food from the ocean. Port Elizabeth is a city with the characteristics of a village. It is large, but small. It is known as the Detroit of Africa, yet is at the forefront of nature conservation in South Africa. It offers easy access to a long list of land and sea based adventure activities, from mountain-biking through national parks to windsurfing.


    The weather is mild throughout the year, with warm, generally dry summers. Being on the southern part of the Indian Ocean, we do get some really awesome winter storms with huge waves pounding into the bay, which are truly a spectacular site! Port Elizabeth winters are great. It does rain a bit, but generally we have beautiful, clear, sunny days.

    If you need it, the nearest snow is usually about 300 to 500 km away – and generally melts within a few days of falling.

    Spring and autumn are mild, but can be windy with rainy periods. Summers can be hot, but less so than further inland, and windy in the afternoons. Being on the coast, the city is not subjected to the more extreme temperatures experienced in other parts of the country.

    The average temperature in winter (June/July/August) is usually around 20° Celsius. Summer temperatures average around 25° Celsius, with maximum temperatures of up to 39°. We have rain all year round, with the highest average rainfalls being in the winter months.


  • An internationally recognised qualification meeting or exceeding industry standards
  • Course administered by highly trained staff with extensive local knowledge
  • Organized classes and a curriculum that has been proven successful and effective
  • Low student to teacher ratio


    Our school in Port Elizabeth is an applicant member of ELTASA (the English Language Travel Association of South Africa, and is a member of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Eastern Cape Tourism. The certificate you receive is your passport to your final destination - your teaching job. The institute is in the seaside areas of Port Elizabeth, 10 minutes by taxi to the city centre. We offer spacious classrooms in well maintained, modern, well equipped spaces that allow for a maximum learning experience. Take a quick cooling dip at the nearby beach in mid-summer, or relax under our trees during your breaks. Our staff of qualified, experienced teachers will be at your side during your training process. Friendly, professional administrative assistants are waiting to support you for a comfortable stay.


  • This course is ideal for Gapyear students and people wanting a change of life or moving abroad
  • Your fellow students come from different countries and various continents
  • Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well-trained in the industry
  • Your support staff will assist you with whatever you need
  • The locals are friendly, helpful and charming people who like spending time with foreigners

Country Costs

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Visa Requirements

Most nationals do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days although a passport valid for at least 30 days is required for entry in to the country as well as an onward/return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of the visit. Visitors staying longer than 30 days must obtain an exit visa from the Immigration Department.

Please note that visa requirements may change and it is advisable to consult your local consulate prior to departure.

Health & Safety

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Directions to school from bus station

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Port Elizabeth Course Schedule

    • 05 Jan - 30 Jan 2009
    • 02 Feb - 27 Feb 2009
    • 02 Mar - 27 Mar 2009
    • 06 Apr - 01 May 2009
    • 04 May -29 May 2009
    • 01 Jun - 26 Jun 2009
    • 29 Jun - 24 Jul 2009
    • 03 Aug - 28 Aug 2009
    • 07 Sep- 02 Oct 2009
    • 12 Oct - 06 Nov 2009
    • 09 Nov - 04 Dec 2009

    How to Apply

    Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning amidst the stunning natural beauty of South Africa.


  • US$ 2050 (excl.accommodation)
  • Accommodation: US$ 300 and up.



    Useful Links

    Port Elizabeth Tourism

    Location Map

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    Quick Links:

    TESOL Certificate


    Postal Address

    TESOL International

    C/o Bay Language Institute

    11 Ferndale Road Humewood, Port Elizabeth

    South Africa


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