This week one of our Intermediate classes enjoyed a day at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This is always a great experience for our students and so our teachers take their classes there quite regularly.
At the sanctuary students are given a private 1 hour education session where park rangers talk about Australia’s reptiles, birds, mammals and marsupials. If the students are lucky they will get to touch a variety of animals including possums, gliders, and pythons.
Our teachers act as guides for the day explaining the lives and habits of the animals in the park. It is a fantastic way to see Australian animals in a relaxed park setting, and of course it is also helps improve our students’ English.
Our visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is just one of many places that we take our students to. During their time here at BBELS students also have excursions to local waterfalls, forests, hinterland villages and beach-side towns. This helps our students understand more about the local area and maintains their motivation levels over the many weeks and months they study here.
Students becoming yoga teachers (photo courtesy of the Byron Bay Yoga Centre)
We have good news for all of our students who are interested in becoming a yoga teacher. Byron Bay Yoga Centre now offers a CRICOS approved 12-month Certificate IV Yoga Teacher Trainer course. This is great for students who have a 12-month student visa.
Participants study 2 days a week in addition to a few hours of online study each week. This could be a good opportunity for students with an intermediate level of English or higher to learn a new skill while extending their time in Byron Bay.
For more information please visit the Byron Bay Yoga Centre website.
This is our first group of teen students from Russia. They have come to BBELS to learn English and enjoy afternoon activities in Byron Bay: Aloyna, Anna (group leader), Sasha and Valero. We are sure they will have a lovely time at BBELS.
We would like to welcome Kansai International High School back to Byron Bay.
Our travel expert Reuben talks about his job here at BBELS and how he can help you plan the perfect trip…
1. How long have you been working at BBELS?
I’ve been working here for 9 months now. I started in October last year.
2. What are your tasks at BBELS?
My main job here is to organise student travel. But I also help Max, our activity coordinator, with the activities and bikes.
3. What makes your job special? Why do you love it?
Definitely the people! Meeting people from all over the world is really special for me. I see our students every day, so I get to know them really well. That’s why I always want to make sure that they are happy and I put together the right trip for them.
4. Which tours do the students like the most? Which ones are the most booked?
The East Coast tours are definitely the most popular tours with Fraser Island, the Whitsunday Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. But also city trips to Sydney and Melbourne and trips to Uluru are very popular.
5. What advantages do students get if they book through you?
We provide a total travel service. We are able to book every aspect of your trip: your flights, buses, transfer, and activities. I think many of our students are surprised how cheap we can offer these things. We are only here to help our students. That’s why we can offer everything at better prices.
Furthermore, I am here every day, so I’m always available to answer questions, make changes etc.
In general we have the principal that we never book anything that our students could book for themselves. Our students can be sure that they are not paying too much when they book with us!
6. Do you enjoy helping students to book their travel dreams, after their studies at BBELS? Do students thank you for your support (e.g. postcards)?
I get lots of nice emails and postcards which is a lovely feeling. I also get to see many students when they return to Byron Bay after their travels. It is always great to hear that they had a fantastic time and everything worked perfectly.
Being able to provide a quality service is very important to me. That’s why it is very special for me to know that they really enjoyed their time in Australia.
7. Is there something you would recommend to all BBELS students?
There are really so many interesting places to see in Australia. My personal favourite is the East Coast, especially the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
But everybody is different and that is what makes my job so much fun!
Intermediate Class did a bit of dolphin spotting last week at Ballina.
Caroline, their wonderful teacher, took them on a tour of Ballina and it’s lovely beaches.
Having a school van means students can see more of the Byron Shire than just Byron Bay.
Ballina is a great place for shopping and it also has some great surfing spots..
Just another day in Byron Bay in winter!!!
It was a lovely day for Pre-Intermediate A at Broken Head Nature Reserve.
Our wonderful group of Chinese students met up with Cockatoo Paul this afternoon.
He introduced them to his cheeky cockatoo, taught them about bush food and showed them how to make a toy out of native grass!!!
We would like to give a big warm welcome to our newest group of students from China.
They are super cute and have the best English!!!
They are enjoying special classes in the Primary School and afternoon activities around Byron Bay.
Today was the perfect day to be in Pre-Intermediate B.
The students cooked some amazing dishes from Japan – Okonomiyaki, Brazil – Potato salad, Spain – Paella, Korea – dumplings and from Australia Pavlova of course!!!