Catherine R


Central England

About
Catherine R


Hello, my name is Catherine! I live in a very pleasant village just outside Cambridge with my 3 children. My time is spent working from home, both as a writer and teacher of English as a foreign language.

As a family we enjoy going into Cambridge (for shopping, sight-seeing and visiting museums and cafes). We also love cycling and walking in the local area.

All of us love reading. We have lots of books here.

My children and I thoroughly enjoy having foreign students visiting us. We like to help our guests to learn English in a very friendly, interesting and safe environment. Already we are really looking forward to meeting new students and to welcoming them as part of our family!

No smoking Children at home No pets at home Wifi available at home
No smoking Children at home No pets at home WiFi available

Location information

Location: Swavesey, Cambridgeshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): Stansted (STN) 40 minutes, London Gatwick (LGW) 1 hour 40 minutes, London Heathrow (LHR) 1 hour 50 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Luton (LTN); Stansted (STN)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£60 one-way

Nearest railway station: Cambridge

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Academic information


I have 13 O levels/GCSEs and 3 A levels in English, French and German, a degree in French and German, a TEFL, two papers in the Diploma in Translation (French to English) and an ECDL diploma (for MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint).

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 Family information

I have lovely children: A daughter (2005), a son (2006) and a daughter (2009).

Fortunately, all my children get along really well and are good friends with each other. In terms of character,  my eldest daughter is very gentle and academic, my youngest son is very calm and kind, and my youngest daughter is very affectionate and dramatic.

I love to write teaching material, stories for children and articles. Also I enjoy reading English literature and poetry. Every day I cycle, as I like to keep as fit as possible. In the evenings, we sometimes relax by watching television.

The children all love writing, reading, drawing and cycling. At weekends, we explore Cambridge or other nearby towns and villages. We always go to a café or restaurant.  We go to the cinema or theatre together quite regularly. A more recent hobby of ours is tending our  allotment. Any guest is entirely welcome to join in with our activities!

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About the teacher’s accommodation


Our house is located on a quiet side road, just off the main high street. It is a small but cosy and modern terraced building. Upstairs we have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Downstairs we have a kitchen and living room. Outside we have a small but tidy back garden.

The student would be offered the use of a shared family bathroom and their own private bedroom. The bedroom is not large but it is nicely furnished with a fitted wardrobe, cabin bed, desk, chair, bookcase, chest of drawers and tallboy.

About the local area


Swavesey is located approximately 14 km north west of Cambridge. It has about 2,500 inhabitants. Most of the people who live here tend to be families with young children or teenagers. It is a noticeably family-friendly village with two primary schools, a secondary school, two shops, a post office, a pub and a couple of churches. It has a reputation for being a particularly safe, prosperous and sporty place. As the land is very flat and there are excellent cycle ways; a great deal of cycling and jogging goes on here.

Cambridge is a wonderful, vibrant city. There are many world-famous sights, including the beautiful colleges of the University, King’s College Chapel, the Botanical Gardens, the River Cam and numerous churches. Also there is a diverse range of exciting museums, shops, cafes and restaurants available.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Punting – A trip in a punt along the river Cam, taking in the sights along ‘The Backs’ of the colleges.

Cost: Free

Great St Mary’s Church – Visit the church and climb up the tower in order to admire the spectacular view of central Cambridge, followed by a walk around the city.

Cost: Free

The Fitzwilliam Museum – See one of the many special exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Cambridge Botanical Gardens – There are 40 acres of beautiful gardens, a couple of glasshouses and a nice cafe.

Cost: Free

King’s College Chapel – You could visit the chapel and even attend a service sung by the world-famous King’s College choristers.

Cost: Free