Diego enjoying the surf at Byron Bay
Meet Diego! He is one of our Spanish students here at the Byron Bay English Language School. Diego has recently completed a course to prepare him for the First Certificate in English exam. His time at the school was so positive that he will be coming back to complete an IELTS course. In this interview Diego talks about his impressions of Byron Bay and our school.
Diego, can you tell us why you decided to come to Australia?
I decided to come to Australia because right now Spain is in a bad economic and social situation. That made me think about going abroad for a period of time until the situation in my country changes. Another reason that made me choose Australia was the weather and the lovely and friendly people who live here.
Cycling back to town from the Lighthouse
Why did you choose BBELS?
I chose BBELS because my idea of being abroad was to find a job and learn English at the same time. One of my friends back in Spain told me about the school and after comparing and looking at different things, BBELS was the chosen one due to the location of the school and the reviews that I read on the internet.
Diego and his Cambridge teacher Ash
Can you tell us your impressions of BBELS?
The school is good, the teachers are good. Almost everything in and around the school is good.
How do you expect the English you have been learning at BBELS to help you when you get back to your country?
Actually I don’t want to go back to my country. Once you are abroad you don’t know what your future will bring you but nowadays if I need to choose something I will choose stay longer in Australia. One of my ideas is to apply for the work and holiday visa and then go to Melbourne and try to find a job in design, which is what I have studied. But if I get back to my country, English as a language will help me to find a better job in better companies.
BBELS Soccer Team consisting of students from all over the world
Could you tell us about how the school supports its students? Have you had any assistance from the school to find a good accommodation, a job or for further visas?
The school has been helping me since the first day I arrived. Special thanks to Sonia and Marcos for all the support and good vibes that they have given me. Sonia has helped me with every problem that I had. Sonia not only is a good employee for the school but is also a really good help for the students, helping us with problems from the school and also problems outside the school. Marcos is the perfect example of happiness in Byron Bay. He is always helping and always smiling. He will stop doing his job to sacrifice his time for helping the students, a really good man. About visas, Sonia and I are working to apply for my work and holiday visa.
At BBELS, everyone should….?
At BBELS everyone should speak English. It’s so annoying when people make groups and only talk their mother language.