In our latest instalment of Meet the Staff we are happy to introduce you to Max. Max is a positive force at BBELS, tirelessly organising sport and cultural activities for the students after class and at the weekends. It is often during these activities that our students get to know each other in a relaxed and fun environment.
Max, tell us a little bit about yourself. Are you originally from Byron Bay?
No, I grew up in Sydney. I came to Byron with a band I was playing with at the time. And then I decided to stay 🙂
How long have you been working at BBELS? I started in August 2003 and was only meant to be here for 2 months. It’s been a long and exciting 2 months 😉
What other fields did you work in before you started working at BBELS? Before I started my job here at BBELS I worked as a Drama teacher at one of the local High Schools. Before that I worked as an actor for 10 years
Why would you recommend a student to come to our school?
Because there is no other place in the world like Byron. Your experience at BBELS will change your life forever and for the better.
As the activities manager, tell us a little bit about the activities and parties at school.
Well where to start … we have got a wide range of activities here at BBELS. Surfing of course has to be the No.1. Byron is one of the surfing capitals of the world and for beginners it’s a very safe place to learn surfing . We love the beach and we have many activities that are beach and ocean related. Scuba diving is amazing and even comparable to the Great Barrier Reef. Kayaking on a sunny morning with the dolphins is wonderful and some Beach Volleyball in the afternoon always goes down well. Basically Byron Bay is a very sporty and cultural town, so there are many activities to take part in. As for our School Parties, well they are world famous (!!!) with live music where students get to showcase their talents and unwind with new friends from all over the world!!!
What are some things you’d recommend students to do while they are here in the Byron Bay Region?
Take a bus trip into the hills in the hinterland. Visit the local markets, especially early in the morning. Watch the sunrise from Cape Byron. If you like it, go mountain-biking in the rainforest. Talk to the locals in town. And last but not least be open-minded and speak English as much as you can!