Marina R

South England

Marina R

Hello! I am an experienced and qualified teacher of EFL English and have worked and taught both in the UK in a secondary school for many years and abroad in Italy for one year. I enjoy my job a lot as it gives me the opportunity to meet a wide range of students from different parts of the world and make new friends along the way. It gives me the chance to teach our beautiful language and show-off some of the most pretty parts of the South East at the same time. I live in a beautiful green part of Surrey, half-way between London and Brighton. (50 min by train). You may even have the opportunity to make some ceramics in my garden studio if you wish!

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Location information

Location: Dorking, Surrey | View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £60

Heathrow (LHR) £120

Nearest railway station: Dorking

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Academic information

I currently hold a CELTA, a professional certificate for teaching English to foreigners. I have taught homestay English for 6 years and worked in Italy teaching classroom English for a year in 2013. I also tutor German professionally to school students and teach Ceramics from home. I also have a degree in Graphic Design and hold an MA in Ceramics.

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 Family information

I have a daughter (1995) who studies Music and a son (1992) who works and lives nearby. They sometimes come to visit. I have several friends nearby who “pop in for a cuppa” and often accompany me and Poppy, my adorable friendly dog, on walks. After our morning lessons together and after lunch, we would engage ourselves in some fun activities which we could choose from: walking through the woods and along the hills, art or pottery activities, visiting historic homes -often having belonged to the Royal family. We could also visit typical English coffee shops and chat over a cream tea. We have two expansive golf-courses nearby for the golf enthusiast and many cycle routes too. (The 2012 Olympic cycle route came through here on Box Hill).


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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in a comfortable semi-detached 1930’s house with 3 bedrooms and shared family bathroom. We have stunning views, beautiful woods across the road, just about to explode with bluebells! We are a 10min. walk from Dorking town centre and the main train station (direct to Gatwick airport). There is a double room with a garden view or a single room with Boxhill view available.

About the local area

In ten minutes walk from our house you will be in the characterful, market town of Dorking with its traditional architecture dating back to Tudor/Victorian times. In fact, one of our pilgrim fathers was born in Dorking. William Mullins, started his voyage to discover America on the ship called the Mayflower in 1620. Part of his home is now a very interesting museum about Dorking and its history.
Dorking town has many interesting shops, especially antique shops. It also has several supermarkets, a leisure-sports centre with a swimming pool, a cinema and theatre, library and a local station within easy access to London or Guildford. There are two expansive golf courses on the doorstep too.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Boxhill walk – Walk up to Boxhill on the North Downs to the viewpoint which gives breath-taking views. Followed by afternoon tea at the coffee shop and visit to visitor’s centre.

Cost: Free

Dorking walk with afternoon tea – Dorking tour and tea at 1950’s tea and gift shop, Gorgeous Gerties.

Cost: Free

Shere – A cycle or drive to Shere to walk around this quintessential village discovering the old church, gift/craft shops and take tea/picnic by the stream. We can also visit the pub and walk to the location used for the film “The Holiday”.

Cost: Free

London – We would go up to London for the day by train. Some of the activities and places you could choose to visit would include: the South Bank (London Eye), the Tate Modern Gallery along the Thames, rambling around the West End, Covent Garden.

Cost: Transport (£16) and entrance to any relevant museums/galleries. Most museums are free.

Brighton – A visit to a traditional British seaside including a visit to the Brighton Pier, a walk along the promenade and a picnic on the beach. After lunch, we will go on a walking tour of Brighton passing by the famous Brighton Pavilion and the picturesque North Laines.

Cost: Transport costs only (£20)