Stephen M

South England

Stephen M

I am a teach and I have worked in school and college headship and management. I have a range of skills developed during a long career. I really enjoy home stay teaching as I can focus on the specific needs of each student and see how rapidly their language skills develop in an environment conducive to learning. After years of working in a structured environment, I enjoy the autonomy and flexibility of home stay teaching.

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

Location information

Location: Rochester, Kent | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick (LGW) 60 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£40 one-way

Nearest railway station: Rochester

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Academic information

I have the CELTA to teach English as a foreign language. I have a degree in Social Studies (Geography and History). I have a PGCE in secondary education (specialism in Geography).

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 Family information

I live with my wife, Sue. She is an art teacher and teaches in a local secondary school. She is a practising artist and exhibits her work.
We have three children who are now grown-up. Our eldest daughter lives nearby and works in the charitable sector. She has a degree in French and Arabic. Our youngest daughter is a primary school teacher. Our son is a beach lifeguard. We have a cat.
I have travelled widely in Africa, Asia and Europe. The less conventional destinations I have visited include Syria and Japan. I have led 11 travel expeditions for schools and other organisations. I am very enthusiastic about hill walking because I enjoy being outdoors and observing nature. I enjoy contemporary and world music, modern art, literature and film.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in the town of Rochester in the county of Kent in south east England. My home is a modern, four storey town house, a 15 minute walk from the town centre.

About the local area

You can walk into the centre of Rochester from my home. It is a picturesque town with a castle and cathedral as well as nice shops, eating places and sporting and leisure facilities. The town has associations with the famous writer, Charles Dickens, and there are some places of literary interest to visit and related tourist attractions. The nearest city is Canterbury which is a vibrant and lively place with World Heritage site status (40 minutes by train). Places of historical interest to visit include the cathedral which is the oldest in England. The shopping is excellent and there are many good restaurants. The attractive town of Whitstable is another enjoyable place to visit. In summer, there is a beach and water sports are available. The shops are quaint and there are many coffee shops, bars and pubs. If you like stately homes, there are a number in the area to explore, including Chartwell (home of the British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, in the Second World War); and Down House (home of the naturalist, Charles Darwin).


Excursions available with this teacher

A full day visit to London – Can include any of London’s galleries and museums (these are free), the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace and any of London’s many other attractions. We can have lunch at a traditional London pub and even have time for shopping!

Cost: £17.60 plus any admissions charges

Canterbury World Heritage City – A walking tour of the historic city of Canterbury including a visit to its stunning Cathedral . Lunch at a traditional pub.

Cost: £28.30

Afternoon in historic Rochester – A walking tour of Rochester visiting the medieval castle and cathedral, and highlighting its many associations with the famous writer Charles Dickens.

Cost: Free

Chatham Historic Dockyard – Afternoon visit to the dockyard to learn about Britain’s dramatic maritime history and visit 3 historic ships including a submarine!

Cost: Free

North Kent marshes walk – An afternoon’s walk on the atmospheric and beautiful North Kent marshes at Faversham with its riverside environment and wildlife. Optional visit to the excellent Three Mariners pub for lunch or a drink.

Cost: Free