This weeks Jobs in Byron~!

Check out this weeks jobs in Byron!

Munch Juice Bar: Requires a front of house person with drivers licence, duties incluse coffee making, juices, smoothies, cash handling. Please come in with resume.

Au Pair: Long term, live-in fem required, 25- 30hpw, full accom and meals in a lovely home Suffolk Park, to help with newborn, 3yo boy & housework. To apply email details to:

Kinoko Japanese Restaurant: Experienced and qualified chef for full time work Email

Shop assistant: Required part time for retail shop:  Call 0432 332 127

Gardener: with excellent gardening knowledge. Mature age person, email details:

Full time chef: Start now in organic cafe in Mullum. Exp in wholefood vego cooking a must. Reliable, committed, long term. All resumes to: Mullum Santos Juice Bar

Au Pair: Long term, live-in fem required, 25- 30hpw, full accom and meals in a lovely home Suffolk Park, to help with newborn, 3yo boy & housework. To apply email details to:

Looking for work?!

Don’t forget to come to the job workshop this week on Wednesday at 2pm in room 3. Andrew will take you through all the necessary skills that you will need to have to get the job you want!

We will teach you how to write a good CV, a great cover letter and give you real practise of how to do a perfect interview~!

See you there!

GV Cooking Options Class!

Last week our Pre-Intermediate class had a lot of fun presenting their national dishes in a presentation to each other. At the end of the week the winners of the “presentations” had to make their dish.. which was the traditional Koran Bulgogi (a great hit around the school!)

As part of this class the students had to teach the CAE class, using imperatives, how to prepare the course! This was a great success as can be seen in the below photos! Well done guys and thanks for the delicious meal!

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MUNCH JUICE BAR – needs exp short order cook. Come in with resume

HOUSEKEEPER – Spanish speaker pref – 20hrs per week. Free room and food included. Phone 0401918888

PIZZA COOK – Part time evenings Ph 0422208428

HARVEST CAFE – Needs chef. Call Joe 66872644

SHORT ORDER CHEF – Drop CV into Bayleaf cafe

KINOKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT – Needs qualified chef. Send resume to


The one and only BRUNO!

Today I caught up with Bruno.. This is what he had to say about his time with us at GV Byron.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from…

My name is Bruno and I’m from the south of Brazil, a place called Blumanau which is a biggish city, kind of the same size as the Gold Coast.

What did you do back at home and what made you decide to come to Australia?

In Brazil I worked a technical assistant for Hyundai and studied at University doing a degree in Business Administration. I decided to come to Australia because when I was in Brazil people told me that there weren’t so many Brazilians in Byron. I also wanted to come to a smaller size city to enjoy the life and natural beauty that being in a small city offers.

How long have you been at GV Byron and what are you studying?

I am currently in the Upper Intermediate class! I started in the pre-intermediate class with almost no English and now I’ve got pretty amazing English!
I like this school. The people here are always happy and very kind. The teacher’s work very hard and really prepare their lessons  well. They really take the time to consider my needs and to help me with the ideas that I struggle with. There is a great downstairs area, there is a place for lunch, games, relax, study , the internet and even a Wii console!!. Really… it’s nice.

I have enjoyed it so much here because of all these reasons that I have told a good friend of mine to come to GV Byron Bay and not to go to any other school because this is such a wonderful place. Everything for me is PERFECT! … and even better, I know my English is getting better.

What do you plan to do when you have completed your studies with us?

When I finish here I will go around Australia for a month and then maybe I will go to Indonesia.

What has been the single best moment that you have experienced since you joined GV Byron?

Wow. This is such a hard question as there have been so many good moments. Actually, there really isn’t specific moment.  Meeting the teachers, Justin and Kate has been great fun. I really like the student house because I have a lot of friends that visit me there; we can practice English as the rule is to speak English when we are in the house. It’s a nice house, close to the beach and the bottle shop.

Is there anything you’d like to add??

I would like to tell everyone to enjoy your time in Byron it’s an unforgettable time!!

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Three legends of the music industry, Bob Dylan, BB King and Elvis Costello have been pre-announced as the headliners for the  Byron Bay Bluesfest in April this year. This year several GV Byron Bay students will be working at the festival (thanks to teacher Andrew’s inside knowledge!) and we highly recommend that you all go and check it out!

There will be absolutely stellar performances by hundreds of world-famous acts. For more information on how to go, or even how to volunteer to work at the fest check out

Japanese Relief Fund

Students at GV Byron Bay are helping to raise funds for those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The fundraising idea was started by Mori, our ever-present wonderful sushi maker.

We have a collection tin on Kate’s desk. Feel free to pop in and donate to ur very special friends in Japan anytime!



Hiro and Yoriki’s goodbye treat!

Hiro and Yoriki cooked us a fabulous Japanese dish today as a thank you to Global Village and all our students for the fantastic time they have had here in Byron Bay. Take a look at the pics and give the recipe a try for yourself. Delicious!

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Best Okonomiyaki Recipe:

Okonomiyak is easy to make!  Our favorite “best” Osaka Okonomiyaki recipe (also called Kansai Okonomiyai style) is immediately below, and further down you will find even simpler recipes for the batter that don’t require as many specialized ingredients and still taste great. Recipes for Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki and a variety of other ideas on our Recipe Variations page.

Click on our Shop if you want to buy Okonomiyaki Flour, Okonomi Sauce, or a complete Okonomiyaki Kit!

INGREDIENTS (To Make 2) Metric Imperial
Okonomiyaki Flour 100g 1 cup
Water (or Chicken stock) 160ml 2/3 cup
Eggs (or Egg substitute) 2 (or 120ml) 2 (or 1/2 cup)
Cabbage, cut into 3cm x 2-3ml strips 300g 4 cups
Green Onions, thinly sliced diagonally 2 stalks 2 stalks
Tenkasu (Tempura bits) 30g 1/4 cup
Bacon, cut into 8cm (3″) pieces 6 strips 6 strips
Raw shrimp cut into approx 1cm (1/2″) chunks 100g 1/2 cup
Bonus: Chinese sausage, cut diagonally 1-2 links 1-2 links
Bonus: Beni Shoga (Pickled Ginger) 30g 1 oz
Kewpie Mayonnaise
Okonomi Sauce
Aonori (Seaweed Flakes)
Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes)


1. In a large bowl, whisk together Okonomiyaki Flour and Water until smooth
2. Add Eggs, Cabbage, Onions, Tenkasu, Ginger, Shrimp and Sausage and mix, but don’t over mix.
3. Oil a griddle that has been heated to 200C (400F) and add Okonomiyaki mixture divided into two pancakes.
4. Using a spatula flatten and form pancakes until around 1.5cm (3/4″) thick – approximately 30cm (12″) across.
5. Add Bacon pieces to cover top of each pancake.
6. After about 3 minutes, flip over pancake (bacon side down) and cook for 4 minutes.
7. Flip pancake again (bacon side up) and cook for 3 minutes or until firm and well browned.
8. Remove to plate and drizzle with Kewpie mayonnaise, okonomi sauce and sprinkle with Aonori and Katsuobushi.
9. Eat quickly before someone near you takes your portion.



CHEF – Required for weekends part-time 0439656063

MODELS – Required for beach shoot. Please email photo to

EARTH CAR RENTALS – Car cleaner, sales, computer exp etc Ph Anna 0409224286

AU PAIR – Live in nanny 25-30hrs per week. Full accom and food provided. Take care of 3 yr old boy and baby with some light housework.


FLOOR SUPERVISOR – Must have mature attitude. Resume to :




Gv Byron Bay and the final frontier!

Last night GV Byron Bay students came out to explore strange new worlds,  seek out new life, and new civilizations and  To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!!! (as they say in Star trek!)

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Lots of us came down to look at the great southern sky with the amazing telescope. It was a beautiful warm night and Phil taught us a lot about the great southern sky. Since this is such a popular activity we will be holding this every month!

Keep track of your progress!!!

GV Noosa’s Assistant Director of Studies, Nina Schiller has some good tips for keeping track of your progress.

Often it is very difficult for students to see the progress they make when learning a language.  Students sometimes come to my office and say, ‘I am not making progress, what can I do?’. The first thing to remember is that learning a language is not like learning ‘mathematical or chemical formulas’ – it is not something that can be studied the night before an exam. Language takes time and lots of practice. 

But, to help you keep track of the progress that you are making, especially if you are in an Exam class, why not try keeping a ‘Portfolio’ of your work. 

In this ‘Portfolio’ keep a record of your in-class test results and examples of your writing.  Don’t just keep work that you produce at the end of the course, keep examples that you produce at the start as well (then you will really see how much you have improved!).

You can buy a folder with ‘plastic sleeves’ or simply use an exercise book.  Keep all examples of writing homework – even if it has lots of mistakes!!!  Every time you look back over your own work, you will learn from your mistakes.  When you re-read your work, make comments and write down ideas about how you can improve.  For example, I need to revise the Past Perfect Tense or Passives.  I need to improve my vocabularyThis week I will focus on Phrasal Verbs.                                                                                                      

Over the length of the course, you will see how much your writing improves!

Your teachers keep a record of your test results – you can too!  Below is an example of one way you can record your test scores:

                              Date of Test:         Date of Test:         Date of Test:         Date of Test: 

                                      28/3/11                 4/4/11                   11/4/11                 18/4/11

                                        Result:                    Result:                    Result:                    Result:

Grammar               58% Fail                 62% Pass                74% Pass                75% Pass

Reading                 55% Fail                 58% Fail                 61% Pass                65% Pass

Listening                49% Fail                 56% Fail                 59% Fail                 62% Pass

Writing                          Fail                          Pass                        Pass                        Pass

As the weeks go by, you will see the ‘Fail’ marks disappear – be proud – you are making great progress!!!

Nina Schiller

Jobs in Byron Bay

CHEF + WAITSTAFF – Wanted for weekend work 0439656063

VIDEO SHOP – 10-15hrs per week for fun, movie loving, mature person. Position Vacant Civic Video, PO Box 2121 Ocean Shores

OFFICE ASSISTANT – For small firendly team –

NIGHT CARETAKER – Accommodation complex in Byron Bay 0415662585

MASSAGE THERAPIST – Relax Haven Byron Bay 0488288838


CHEF – La Table 20 hrs per week 0419423638

Chocolate Crackles…mmmmmm

A lot of fun was had in the student lounge today with chocolate crackles being the flavour of the day!  Kate makes these chocolate crackles for her son and his friends often. Now you can try them too! 🙂

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4 Cups rice puffs

1 cup icing sugar

4 tablespoons Coco powder

250 grams Copha

1 cup desiccated coconut


Method: Mix all dry ingredients together…..melt Copha slowly……mix all of these together……place in Patty pans and put in them in the fridge for  15 Mins. THAT’S IT!! 🙂 Enjoy!

GV Weekend

I was speaking to some of the students this morning who are going on a trip up to Frazer island on the weekend. This is a beautiful place with pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters await at the world’s largest sand island. You may not be able to swim in the sea at Fraser Island, but there are many inviting fresh water lakes and creeks surrounded by white sandy beaches and desert. It’s an amazing place and well worth a weekend away.

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If you are interested in going we need a minimum of five people (one of whom has to have a licence) Come and ask at the office!