Sarah O


Central England

About
Sarah O


Hello, I’m Sarah, and I’m an English teacher. My family and I would love to welcome you to stay in our comfortable home and help you to improve your English and enjoy your holiday in this beautiful and interesting part of England. I will work with you to grow your confidence, help you relax and have fun learning the English that you need. I teach adults and young people, general and business English. I also work helping people in my local church. I lead groups and teach people of all ages. I love the English language, and I enjoy teaching English and making new friends from other countries.

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Location information:  Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Stansted Airport (STN): 15 mins; London Heathrow Airport (LHR) 70 mins

Nominated transfer location(s): Stansted (STN); Heathrow (LHR); Luton (LTN)

Nearest railway station: Bishop’s Stortford

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Academic information


I am an English teacher with the Trinity CertTESOL (Grade A). I also have a 2(i) degree in Electronic Engineering, an Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford.

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Family information


I live with my husband, Chris, who is a church leader. We have been happily married for 21 years. Previously Chris worked as an IT project manager for big companies, but he now works for the church. Our house is called a “Rectory” because Chris is the “Rector” of our church. We have two daughters (1998 and 2001) . They enjoy playing the guitar and ukulele, listening to music, art, animals and games. We have lots of friends through our church and our guests enjoy meeting them. We have two guinea pigs and four hens in our garden. I love music and singing in our band at church most Sundays. My other hobbies are reading, country walks, watching movies, visiting pubs and cafes, and spending time with friends. My friends enjoy meeting our guest students who are learning English. I enjoy taking our guests to visit the pretty English villages near our home, beautiful National Trust houses and gardens, or Cambridge and London. I like the international street food in London and Cambridge, and I hope you might too!

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About the teacher’s accommodation


Our home is detached with four bedrooms upstairs and a guest bedroom downstairs for you. The 4m x 5m guest bedroom faces south onto the garden and is very sunny. It has a desk big enough for two, double and single beds/sofa beds, a wardrobe, shelves, books, a comfortable chair, and a piano. There is a door into the garden, where you can relax in one of our hammocks under the apple trees. Next to the guest bedroom there is a large toilet room with wash basin (shared). Upstairs there is a family bathroom with bath and shower (shared).

About the local area


We live in the town of Bishop’s Stortford, which is an old English market town. Around the town there is beautiful, rolling countryside with pretty thatched cottages in the surrounding villages. We live across the road from a shopping centre with supermarket, pharmacy, take-aways, pub and a café. At the end of our road there is a park for pleasant walks. It’s a safe and easy walk into the centre of town through the park, or to the train station. This takes about 25 minutes. In the centre of Bishop’s Stortford there is a sports centre with two swimming pools, a running trail and a gym. There are also shops, pubs, cafes, a cinema and a street market on some days. Nearby we can arrange horse riding.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Afternoon trip to Hatfield Forest – Walk around the ancient woodlands of Hatfield Forest, and then enjoy a traditional English picnic cream tea with scones, butter and jam.

Cost: Free

A day at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge – Anglesey Abbey was built in 1135 by King Henry I. It later became a beautiful home for an American millionaire, Lord Fairhaven. Spend the day exploring the beautiful house and gardens, with picnic lunch.

Cost: Free

Cinema visit – A visit to our local cinema to see a movie of your choice.

Cost: Free

Half day river walk – Walk along the beautiful River Stort into Stortford, enjoying the traditional “Narrow Boats” (photo opportunity), followed by drinks in a cafe before walking back home.

Cost: Free

Visit the Gibberd Gardens in Harlow – Join us to explore the beautiful Gibberd Gardens, with their hidden corners and sculptures, followed by drinks in the café.

Cost: Free