Some happy Cambridge students standing outside the free double-decker bus to the markets
It’s a beautiful spring day here in Byron Bay … ideal weather to take our new Cambridge classes to the local Byron Bay Farmers’ Markets. Both classes took the free bus that runs from town to the market area where they then spent an hour looking at the local organic produce while talking to each other in English.
Nino, Lucas and Thomas, plus some photo-bombers in the bus.
Excursions like these are a great way for our students to understand the local community more comprehensively. They are also a friendly way for our students to spend time with one another, making friendships that will hopefully last long into the future.
If you look very closely to Nino (on the left) you will see that he looks 1-year older. Happy birthday Nino 🙂
Students from Chile, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil enjoying the sunshine
It may be winter in Australia but the sun is shining and our students are enjoying the warm days. Having just finished a mid-course test our Intermediate teacher thought a good reward for excellent results was to take the students on an excursion into the Byron Bay hinterland. First they traveled to Minyon Falls to check out the amazing view down into the forested valley.
The class then drove down the hill to the beautiful beachside village of Brunswick Heads. If you look carefully in the photo you can see Byron Bay just to the left of Rina’s (white cap) head!
We love taking our students out of the classroom and placing them in authentic learning environments. These short excursions are such a great way for the students to understand more about the region where they are studying too.
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BBELS students in front of the Wreck at Fraser Island
Last week Reuben, our activities and tour manager, organised a trip to Fraser Island in Queensland. For 3 days our students got to enjoy the amazing environment of the world’s biggest sand island.
Fraser Island is famous for its biodiversity. It has beautiful coloured lakes and creeks, forest, and plenty of beaches. It is a quiet place to chill and recharge with friends, ideal for our students who have spent several months studying English .
BBELS usually organises a trip to Fraser Island every 12 weeks. Our students always return to Byron Bay feeling refreshed and they have many stories about the great time they had there. We believe these trips help maintain students’ motivation while also helping them to appreciate the gorgeous Australian natural environment.
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Students from Europe, Asia, South America on one of the BBELS volleyball teams
Summer is approaching so it is a perfect time for our students to compete in our monthly beach volleyball tournaments.
After class has finished in the afternoons our students play in teams at Main Beach. Max, our activities officer, encourages the students to create their own teams. As you can see, we have a wonderfully diverse range of students, each one bringing their own special talent to the game.
Max with some of the BBELS students
This Friday Max will announce the winner of the monthly tournament. The winning team will receive a mystery prize however we all know that the real reward is having fun in the beautiful warm sunshine with your international friends.
Some of our Cambridge students at the base of Minyon Falls
It hasn’t rained here for months and months so finally after a few days of wet weather it was the perfect time to take one of our Cambridge classes on a day trip to Minyon Falls.
Walking through the sub-tropical forest on the way to the base of Minyon Falls
Our students always love visiting this waterfall. It is about 45 minutes drive from Byron Bay and for many tourists without a car it is very difficult to access. Our drivers usually stop at different points of interest along the way where students get to see views across Byron Bay and the hinterland.
Climbing over some rocks at the end of the walk
It is a moderately easy walk to the base of the waterfall. The sights, sounds, and fresh air during the walk make it extremely worthwhile. At the end of the walk our teachers usually organise an Australian BBQ lunch for the students. It is always a great day out, and if you study at BBELS you could join us here at Minyon Falls.
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Even in the middle of winter Byron Bay is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor and indoor activities. In this month’s activity program you can choose to do many free or discounted activities arranged by Max (our activities manager).
You can choose to do activities at the beach such as dolphin kayaking, volleyball, surf lessons, snorkelling. We have other options for those who want to stay inside such as shopping trips, yoga.
We always try to ensure that our students have a perfect balance of study and fun here at BBELS. If you have any questions about our activities please speak with Max at the activities desk.
This month’s activities program
To make the time for our students here at BBELS even more special, we offer some fun activities every day. Most of our activities are free and are held after class like beach volleyball, soccer and table tennis. We also offer free conversation classes and music classes once a week in the afternoon. And for a small price, you can also join yoga classes twice a week.
The BBELS soccer team with two South Korean soccer coaches
If you like water activities, we can book surf lessons, snorkelling trips and also dolphin kayaking trips for you, whenever you want. These activities are suitable for all levels of ability.
But we offer much more than sporting activities. This month we have also had a shopping trip to the Gold Coast and a walking tour into the forests of Springbrook National Park. Next week we have organised a Fraser Island trip for four days. For music lovers we have transport to take you to Brisbane’s famous Laneway Music Festival in the first weekend of February where you will see international bands such as Beach House, DIIV, Grimes, Chvrches and Purity Ring.
The activity program is updated each month. Check out the activities notice board outside the travel office. If you have any questions or suggestions for activities please speak with Max.