Nationality: New Zealand
Loves: Coffee, music, family (not in that order)
Countries Visited: 25+
Wants to: Keep learning as much as possible
Started Teaching: 2001
Hamish finished his BA in Film and Media Studies at the University of Otago in 2000. He then went to Taiwan for a three-month trip and ended up staying there for 6 years! He returned to New Zealand in 2007 where he did his MA in Applied Linguistics. During this time, he met his future wife, Renata, and in 2011 moved permanently to the Czech Republic. Hamish and Renata started Lingua Connect in 2013 and have now rebranded to Fantail s.r.o.
Co – Director
Loves: family, travelling, sport, music, reading, good food
Countries Visited: 20+
Wants to: travel and create motivating learning environment
Started Teaching: 2006
Renata finished her MA (PhDr.) in high school teaching of Psychology and P.E. at Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague in 2008. During her studies she spent one semester at Halmstad University in Sweden and afterwards she started teaching English to children in Prague. After graduation she travelled to New Zealand, where she studied English and worked as a kindergarten teacher and an athletics coach. During this time Renata met her future husband Hamish. After returning to the Czech Republic, she started working as a high school teacher (Social studies and P.E.) and as an English teacher at a primary school in Prague where she worked until her maternity leave in 2015. Meanwhile Renata and Hamish started Lingua Connect language school (in 2013) which they have rebranded in 2018 to Fantail s.r.o.
Loves: family, languages, travelling, culture, art
Wants to: keep on being dedicated to teaching and passing on her knowledge which she picked up along the way to others for the rest of her life
Started Teaching: 2004
I have travelled and lived in various different countries quite extensively in the past. While pursuing travelling as one of my biggest hobbies in the past, I managed to become a successful holder of certificates such as CAE as well as CPE in the UK where I also qualified as a TESOL teacher. I have also passed the state exams in English and German. Besides working for some language schools in Moravia in the past, my husband and I took the decision to go and live in Cyprus where I taught English to students of all ages for nearly 6 years at some rather renowned local language schools preparing them for Cambridge exams such as Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE as well as IELTS. Shortly after our return and move to Prague in 2014, I started working for Lingua Connect (now rebranded to Fantail) where I have been teaching both children and adults as well which has been again immensely enriching and great fun at the same time.
Loves: ice cream, travelling, coffee, yoga, languages
Countries Visited: the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany… mostly Europe :)
Wants to: Make people happy
Started Teaching: 2015
Barbora finished her MA in Drug Synthesis and Production at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague in June. Last year, she was studying in Spain for 5 months. During her studies, she has been teaching English (mostly in kindergarten) and she found out that working for pharmaceutical industry is not exactly the future she has been looking for. That is why she decided to do her TEFL course in July and now she is quite excited about being English teacher.
Loves: Salsa, horses, books
Countries Visited: Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Montenegro, Austria, Spain
Wants to: make students happy and clever
Started Teaching: 2010
Varvara has been living in Prague since 2007. She finished her MA in Czech for Non-Native Speakers at the Charles University in 2017. Now she is studying Didactic of the Czech language as a PhD. student. Besides teaching she works as an editor-in-chief in the journal Nová čeština doma a ve světě (New Czech at Home and Around the World).