Birthdays Everywhere

Lara and Diego

Lara and Diego celebrated their birthdays in style in Byron bay this week. First there was the big party on Saturday night which most of the students attended. We can’t say too much about the party here but apparently it was really fun. On Monday they had a special surprise as Sophie their teacher baked them a delicious sponge cake which they shared with their classmates.

Korean students at the Byron Bay Markets

Check out what some of our busy students are up to!

Hello, my name is Patrick. I tried opening my stall at Byron Market. I always enjoy cooking for my friends and often have Korean food party with my friends whom I met at Byron ELA.

I started to have an interest in Byron market since one of my friends said, “there is no Korean food in the market!” I thought, I could not open a Korean restaurant but can open food court in the Byron market. I immediately got quite excited about it and wanted to get started working on it, but I didn’t know how to start, where to contact, who to speak to…. Then I thought I have to talk to the staff members at GV Byron. They were extremely helpful and even though they were always busy, they went through all the documents and called the council for me, and within two days, I’ve got a permit for the market.

Together with three other Korean friends, we created menu, signs, and got ready for the market. It was such a fun experience. On the market day, it was rainy but after 10am, people started coming and got busier. People showed interest towards Korean food, which made us very happy. Our menu included, Kimchi pancakes, Purukogi rice, nobiani, and kinpa (Korean sushi.) Those who never had Korean food before said, “there is non-spicy Korean food!?” and showed great interest. Friends and teachers from school came by and our stall became quite busy.

This experience is so precious that I will never forget it. I would have given up at an early stage if the owners and the staff members of the school did not help me. Although our earning was little, I gained something that is so much more important through this experience.  I realized firsthand how difficult it is to sell something. However, this experience in Australia brought me a great confidence and it improved my English as well. I am now working at a kitchen of a coffeehouse, which was introduced by the school.  I am working with local people and it is a lot of fun working with them. Of course, there is still a language barrier, and sometimes I have to ask the customer what they ordered a few times, the rest of the staff help me enormously.  They have become very important friends to me.

I am planning on staying in Byron Bay for another half a year. I am very grateful that I live my life surrounded by such warm-hearted people here.

The Spanish Invasion

New Spanish Enrolments at the school

Diego

Diego

In the last few weeks the school has welcomed several Spanish students including Natalia, a dancer in her home country and Diego, a professional basketball player. Natalia says that her sharehouse is her “dream home” and Diego has joined a local basketball team. He is really enjoying playing in an Aussie team and meeting a lot of new people.

Long Live the Spanish Invasion!

Natalia

Natalia

Welcome to Global Village Byron Bay

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 20th April 2009, Byron ELA will become the newest member of the Global Village English Centres group.

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With locations in Australia, Canada and the United States, Global Village is one of the leading international education groups, with a worldwide reputation for high quality schools, tuition and facilities.

GV Byron Bay joins Global Village Australia’s existing schools in Sydney, Brisbane, Noosa and Caloundra, further details of which can be found at: www.gvenglish.com 

The new GV Byron Bay page is under construction and will go live on the Global Village website very soon.

Our school blog is a resource for past, present and future GV Byron Bay students where we will be posting regular updates about what is happening in the school, around Byron Bay and elsewhere in Global Village.

Look out for our other online resources by clicking on the links on the right-hand side of the page.

If you would like to contribute any content for the blog, or if you would like to post a comment, please write to us at: byronbay@gvenglish.com