Art is an American and has been living in the Netherlands since 1997. He and his Dutch wife have 3 bi-lingual sons. Art has degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and originally moved to the Netherlands to establish and run the international activities of an American call center software company. In 2009, after 23 years in that business, he decided to take his career in a completely different direction. He started doing volunteer work at a primary school in Abcoude, where his sons were enrolled, and gave English lessons to children in small groups, using games, songs, drama, and reading stories to keep the children motivated. The enthusiastic reactions of the kids and their parents convinced Art to establish Fun Learning english, together with Sarah Bevis.
Sarah is English and has been living in the Netherlands since 1999 with her Dutch husband. Her two children are naturally bilingual. In England, she attended Hull University where she studied sociology and anthropology. Sarah built up experience in teaching English at a junior school in Zanzibar and an international school in India. She started Fun Learning English, together with Art, to help give children a better opportunity to start learning English from a young age, and to help stimulate their development and self confidence.
Instructor & Operation manager Oegstgeest
Kate is British and has been living in the Netherlands since 2016 with her Dutch – British family. After leaving school Kate worked as a physiotherapist but after a long period abroad she decided it was time for a career change. In 2017 Kate gained her Nederlands als Tweede Taal Dutch language qualification and in 2019 her CELTA English language teaching qualification from the Language Centre of the British School of the Netherlands. Kate has decided to focus on working with children and really enjoys teaching the Fun Learning English programme. She is looking forward to growing the business with colleagues in Oegstgeest. Kate enjoys walking, yoga, cooking and travel.
Instructor & Operation Manager Utrecht
Livia moved to Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 8. There she completed her education and qualified in Art and Interior Design. After running her own interior design business for many years, she decided it was time for a career change. As a direct result of a deep-rooted passion for children and childhood development, she taught children art. In 2017 she completed her TEFL certification with distinction and has been teaching English one on one and online. In 2020 she moved to Utrecht. She has an adventurous spirit. Speaks Italian, German and Afrikaans and is in the process of learning Dutch. She enjoys meeting people and exploring different cultures and traditions. Nature, piano, art, music and travel are all woven into the fabric of her life. She is excited to combine her love for children and teaching English in a fun, positive affirming way with FLE.
James comes to Fun Learning English from Chicago where he worked as a Flight Attendant for 4 years. Prior to that he studied theatre, dance, and art in school and in life. He moved to Zaandam in 2013 for his family and has been learning Dutch ever since. He loves language, cycling, travelling, and experiencing all that life in the Netherlands has to offer. He is looking forward to all of the fun and interesting moments teaching will bring his way.
Instructor and operation manager Ouderkerk & Badhoevedorp
Alina moved to Amsterdam two years ago, following her Dutch boyfriend. Before that she studied and worked in Romania, where she graduated from a training teacher college. Alina also completed a four years Bachelor in Theater and the Art of Spectacle. While pursuing her passion for the arts and theater, Alina taught children constantly for the last seven years, always trying to pass knowledge in new fun ways, loving to stage plays together with her students. Last year she graduated from the international Master program at Utrecht University, becoming a Master of Arts in Theater Studies.
do you love to teach?
Are you a Native English speaker?
Do you enjoy working with young children?
Are you looking for an exciting job for a few hours a week?
If yes then Fun Learning English may be for you.
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Fun Learning English is a small initiative teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12 English, as well as adults who need help with professional and medical English. We are often looking for energetic, Native English speakers who enjoy working with young children or adults to join our team.
For children, the class sizes are small, maximum size 8 children and we play games, read stories, do theatre, dance and sing with the children to help them learn English. All the course material and lesson plans are provided. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes. The lessons are given between 15.00 and 18.00 on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 12.30 and 17.00 on a Wednesday and Friday.
If you are interested in exploring this further please feel free to contact us.