Serious Circus Fun :0)

Yesterday afternoon the students of GV Byron Bay ran away to join the circus at  ‘Circus Arts’, which is located in the Arts and Industrial Park, Byron Bay. The students took part in acrobatics, juggling, silks and trapeze. Check out the photos…

Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes

There are only happy faces when you mention the words.. ‘And today we are going to make pancakes’.

Positions Vacant

Cleaner Needed – Reliable person to clean a holiday let property on a regular basis. Phone Amanda 0412739365

Kitchen Hand – Experienced kitchen hand for approx 10-12 hours per week. Must have good knife skills. Resume to:

Casual Short Order Cook – Required for busy Byron Cafe. Must have passion and experience. Phone 6685 6810

Cleaner – Part/full time for 5 star resort, must be well presented. Send resume to

Welcome Kathrin

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Kathrin.  Kathrin is from Switzerland and works in a restaurant near a golf course!

We are all very excited about that and we will look forward to having Kathrin teach us how to make some beautiful Swiss food to help get us through the colder mornings! Welcome to GV Byron Kathrin, I’m sure you will have a wonderful time here.

The start of something new!

The start of the week was kicked off by the first reported sighting of a Whale for the season! It’s a beautiful Monday and seeing a whale at the start of the day is an amazing way to start the week..

We strongly recommend that you all go to the lighthouse to look out of them. They are beautiful creatures and we can look forward to seeing them for the next four or so months! Yay!!

Thanks Monica! We will miss you…

Today was a very sad day for us all here at GV Byron, as we said goodbye to teacher Monica..

Monica has been an extremely well-loved and respected teacher, and we will certainly miss you very much. I’d like to thank you very much on behalf of the whole GV team for all of your hard work, dedication and…. fun that you have brought into our lives. Keep in touch, and all the best!!!

Happy Birthday Carla!

The pictures tell the story! Happy Birthday Carla, hope you have a great one.  A big thanks to Carla’s class for being so thoughtful and sweet! Enjoy!!

Student reflections on our Cambridge courses.

I caught up today with some of our FCE and CAE students and this is what they had to say about studying at GV Byron..

Hi Akane, why are you doing the CAE program?

I thought the CAE class would be a very focused and difficult classs which would push my English skills to their limit and really make me work hard to improve all areas of my language skills.

Why are you doing it in Australia?

I had heard many good things about Australia, it is a very different life than the one I knew in Japan and so I wanted to come to Australia to see how I felt about it,  and to see whether  what I had heard was true or not. I had also made some Australian friends in Japan, and they recommended that I come to Byron.

What will you use your CAE course towards?

I think that this course will help my life in a few different ways. Firstly it  is good for my general English ability but also the CAE is recognized in many countries around the world and could be useful for future opportunities.

Do you enjoy the CAE course at Global Village Byron Bay?

Yes! Very much.. The classrooms are nice, the environment is nice. But, honestly, it’s mainly about my teacher Ginny. I have a lot of respect for her, she makes the classes interesting, her knowledge of English teaching is really impressive and she is, more than anything else, a very nice, warm funny woman.

What do you like most about studying in Byron Bay?

The life in Byron Bay. By that I mean, I find the life quite different here  than the life I lead in Japan. In Japan, things are very regimented and fixed. Here I find things to have a more relaxed feel about them, the people are quite open and approachable. I feel like it’s a bit of an adventure living here, and I really wanted that feeling before I came to Byron.

Hi Tanja..

Why are you doing the FCE program?

Hmm. I’m trying to get better in English and it’s good for my job in Switzerland. I’m an office worker and I will have much better chances to get a better job and earn more money!! Also, I just want to do it for me, because I like English!

Why are you doing it in Australia?

I went to America, and it wasn’t much fun, as I wasn’t 21 and I wasn’t treated as an adult. My best friend was based in Australia, and said it was a great place to be. I talked about this with my father and he also said that he thought Australia would be a good place as there aren’t many opportunities to live this kind of life.

What will you use your FCE course towards?

To get a better job, and of course English is an important language. It’s useful, and it helps me communicate with.. well… the WORLD!

Do you enjoy the FCE course at Global Village Byron Bay?

Of course! It’s a nice place, the people are very helpful. My teacher, Andrew, is really helpful with the preparation for the exam and I have found that I have learnt lots of vocabulary that is really useful!

What do you like most about studying in Byron Bay?

The people are really helpful, it’s very different than Switzerland. People talk to you a lot and I never really feel alone. The climate is great and of course…. the beach! .

There’s Nothing Like Australia!

Tourism Australia is currently running a photo competition called “There’s Nothing Like Australia” which gives participants an opportunity to share their favourite moments in Australia.

The competition is a great way to show off your photographic skills and to practise your English at the same time.

When you submit your photo entry, you also need to complete the sentence “There’s nothing like…” with a phrase which explains your photo and your favourite experience in Australia.

You can enter the competition online at:

We encourage you all to give this competition a try.

Perhaps “There’s nothing like studying at GV Byron Bay!” might prove to be a winning entry!

Good luck!

Byron life and why we love living here….

Here are a few shots which we have to share… this is why we love living in this wonderful place.

More surfing….

As we said on Friday, the waves have been fantastic and the students have been loving being out on the ocean, as you can see!!

Don’t forget this month is CIRCUS month!! Which is great fun. Come and talk to Justin or Rebbecca to sign up!

Congratulations MARCH FCE and CAE classes

The results from the last round of the FCE and CAE exam our out and I have had several emails from our past students telling me that they have done really well.

This is such great news and we here at GV Byron are delighted to hear this! Well done everyone, it’s a tribute to your hard work and great language skills that you have done so well. For those of you who haven’t let me know yet, fingers crossed! Cheers Justin.

Surfing fun!

The waves have been excellent recently and so we have put on a few surfing activities for the students~! Looks like everyone had a great time!

We are also going out on Monday so don’t miss out if you haven’t already been! Come and talk to Justin if you want to sign up!