Karen S


Central England

About
Karen S


Karen is a teacher of English as a foreign language. She has been teaching in the UK, Italy and Spain for over 10 years of experience. She is a very patient and caring teacher. Karen is very good at identifying how her students learn and finding a way to make sure they ‘get it’. Before she became a home stay teacher, Karen worked for many years in customer services and logistics in the automotive and wine industries. She speaks Italian and Spanish.

No smoking No pets at home Private bathroom available Wifi available at home
No smoking No pets at home Private bathroom WiFi available

Location information

Location: Witham, Essex | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Stansted (STN) 30 minutes and London Southend (SEN) 30 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Southend (SEN); Stansted (STN)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£60 one-way

Nearest railway station: Witham

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Academic information


Karen holds the TrinityTESOL to teach English as a foreign language and a BA (hons) in Business Studies with Spanish. She has a diploma in interior design and an advanced certificate in wine knowledge.

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 Family information


Karen is married to Neil. He is a CAD engineer and works locally in the healthcare sector. One of his hobbies is inventing and building unusual push bikes. He relaxes by going fishing for carp. He plays the bass guitar. Karen is a very keen practitioner of Iyengar yoga and attends regular classes. She enjoys world cinema. Karen likes the outdoors and often goes walking and cycling in the local countryside with her husband. They both enjoy trips to London and Cambridge to go to museums, art exhibitions and musical events.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Karen lives in a new 4-bedroom house.  It is spacious and furnished in a modern style with wooden flooring.

About the local area

Karen lives in Witham, a little town in Essex. Within walking distance of the house there are shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops and a large, new sports centre and swimming pool. The town is surrounded by attractive countryside and coastline which is ideal for walking, running and cycling. The city of Colchester is about 15 minutes away by car or train. The city has a long history and there are interesting Roman remains to explore.
Trains also go to London and Cambridge. The journey time to London is 40 minutes making an excursion very easy.  Cambridge is famous for its ancient university and attractive architecture. There are museums, shops and markets. You can go punting on the river Cam. The city of Ipswich is located on the coast and has an old quarter with cobbled streets and interesting buildings. It also has a big shopping centre. There are a number of quintessentially English towns and villages in the area, such as Dedham, where it is nice to stop and have a cream tea.

Excursions available with this teacher

Day trip by car to Cambridge – A walk around the historic town of Cambridge and its colleges or museums and time for shopping.

Cost: Free (Entry into King’s College Chapel £8, entry to Clare College £5)

London trip – Walk from The City (financial district) across the river past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and all the way up to Westminster and Big Ben!

Cost: Train fare about £25

Coastal walk Maldon/Heybridge – Walk along the sea wall at the beautiful Blackwater Estuary – see the ships and house boats and wildlife. http://www.itsaboutmaldon.co.uk/basin/

Cost: Free

Colchester and Castle – Colchester is one of England’s oldest towns and the castle dates back to 1076.  Colchester has some interesting old buildings, churches and art galleries plus a nice shopping area. http://www.colchestercastlepark.co.uk/colchester-castle/

Cost: Free

Battlesbridge Antiques Centre – Battlesbridge is a village but famous for its many antique shops (over 80!) set on the banks of a river. www.battlesbridge.com

Cost: Free