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Course Content

The course focuses on four main aspects:

Public speaking and Delivery (Voice, prosody, verbal fluency…)

Idiomaticity (cultural references, idiomatic and fixed expressions…)

Vocabulary and terminology

Completeness and accuracy (precision, concision, nuances…)

During the retreat, participants will be evaluated by the trainers and receive constructive feedback on their delivery into English with a final assessment and advice at the end of the training.

Trainers will cover various tools and techniques for English language enhancement and participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an English-speaking environment to hone their English comprehension and verbal fluency.

The retreat approach is a way of making learning enjoyable in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Retreat Summary

Retreat dates : 28 January – 4 February 2024 (6 days training)

Arrival & briefing: 28 January 2024

Departures: 4 February 2024

Modality: In-person

Class times: 9:00am to 6:30pm daily (including tea breaks, lunch break and daily leisure break).

Registration deadline: 16 December 2023

Location: Umzumbe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Venue: Pumula Beach Hotel, Umzumbe

Minimum participants: 15

Maximum participants : 25

Cost: US$2 500.00 (including airport transfer, accommodation and full board)

Excluding meals & accommodation: $1800.00

Whats Included

English enhancement training

Airport transfers to and from King Shaka International Airport, Durban

7 night accommodation at the Pumula Beach Hotel, Umzumbe

Full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Not Included

Drinks / meals outside the hotel

Extra-curricular activities

Drinks at the hotel

Room service, laundry and other services at the hotel

Location & Venue


KwaZulu-Natal is a province of South Africa and home to the Zulu Kingdom. It is situated on the East coast of South Africa and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with hot humid Summers and very mild Winters. The warm Indian Ocean and gorgeous sandy beaches make it a popular destination for local and foreign tourists.

Getting there:

To get to KwaZulu-Natal and the retreat venue, you will have to travel to Durban, its capital city. Transfers are at fixed times, so please arrange your flights accordingly. Participants will be collected from King Shaka International Airport and Umzumbe between 27 and 28 January 2024 (Arrivals) and 4 February (Departures). We will do our best to assist those arriving or departing on other days.


Retreat location – Umzumbe:

Umzumbe is a little seaside town situated approximately one hundred kilometers to the South of Durban between the Mzumbe and Ingambili Rivers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The town is named after the river Mzumbe, which supposedly got its name from a band of Hlongwa cannibals who used to occupy the valley. The Hlongwa were almost wiped out by the Zulu King, Shaka, in 1828. Other translations of Mzumbe are: ‘the dangerous river’, ‘the winding river’ or ‘wild bean river’.

Terms & Conditions

Acceptance is on a first come first served basis and subject to approval by the trainers;

Payment will be required as soon as the retreat is confirmed, i.e. minimum participants achieved;

Should the retreat be cancelled, participants who have paid will be refunded;

No refunds will be given for participants who pull out of the retreat after payment and confirmation, including for medical reasons. We highly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance (plane ticket, accommodation and retreat) for this eventuality.

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance that would cover medical or repatriation costs too.

Apply Now

There are limited seats available, please fill out our application so that we can reserve your seat on this learning retreat.

Things To Do!

There are tons of things to see and do on your retreat in South Africa.

The Venue – Pumula Beach Hotel

Pumula Beach Hotel is located in the village of Umzumbe on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. It is a family friendly hotel with a beach house atmosphere situated right on the beach. It has a pool, a restaurant and bar, conferencing facilities and an enormous terrace, perfect for sundowners and staring out at the ocean. For more information on the hotel, please visit their website

Alternative accommodation is available in Umzumbe for those not wishing to stay at the hotel. Mantis & Moon, our local backpackers’ spot, is very popular. Their website is: There are also many holiday homes for rent, which you can find on or among other sites.

Should you choose to stay at another venue, breakfast, dinner and transport will be for your own account. We recommend that you stay in Umzumbe village where everything is within walking distance. Please see course details for the training fee that would apply to you.

Other Activities In & Around Umzumbe

Over and above the activities offered during the retreat, the following are available in or near Umzumbe:

⦁ Hiking at Oribi Gorge. including the Hoopoe Falls hike to a waterfall where you can swim and picnic.
⦁ Zip lining at Oribi Gorge or Lake Eiland
⦁ Bungee jumping at Oribi Gorge or Lake Eiland
⦁ White water rafting at Oribi Gorge
⦁ Lake Eland Game Reserve, Port Shepstone (Inland near Oribi Gorge)
⦁ Horse riding
⦁ Scuba diving, Alywal shoal
⦁ Surfing lessons, Umzumbe
⦁ Butterfly Farm¸ Ramsgate
⦁ Croc World, Scottburgh
⦁ Beaver Creek Coffee plantation, Crop to Cup tour, Port Edward
⦁ Cinema, Shelley Beach Shopping Centre

Should you wish to do any of the above, you may need to plan to stay an extra day or two. Let us know if you need any help with bookings:
For more detailed information on what to do on the South Coast, please visit: