Yran is from Brazil and arrived in Australia for his first trip abroad just one month ago. After spending his first week in the country in the lovely city of Brisbane, he then made his way south to start at Lexis Byron Bay. When choosing where in the world to go to learn English, he decided on Australia for the great weather, the more affordable living costs and for being able to study and work at the same time. Yran has now been in Byron Bay for just over three weeks and is absolutely loving it! He said there are so many great things about this town and area, such as the friendly people, the beaches and, his favourite thing above all, the Byron lifestyle.
For his first month here, Yran is living in a homestay with a local family. He said the family are great and he would have booked to stay longer with them if he had known how wonderful they are. Unfortunately for him, the family have another student booked in with them so he couldn’t extend his homestay, but he knows the next student will be very happy with them! Instead, he is moving into a rental share-house with other locals and tourists living in Byron Bay for the Summer.
Within a week of arriving in Byron Bay, Yran was very proactive about getting his resume ready and scouring the town for some work. He lined up three interviews within the first week and landed himself a job at The Roadhouse, a popular bar cafe in Byron Bay. He has worked there for just over a week now and is really enjoying his job as a Dishwasher (or ‘dishie’ as Australians call it!). The people he works with are all locals, are patient with teaching the new skills and explaining English words, and they all have a great time together. Yran is learning a lot, not only about how the kitchen works, but also about Australian English and some of the slang we use. For example, one of his co-workers refers to good things as ‘sweet’ and ‘sick’ (“the waves were sick!”, “that’s a sweet surfboard!”) all the time! Yran thinks it is a really good idea to work as well as study, as it has helped him to integrate with locals and learn more English.
Despite improving his English by speaking with locals, he believes that most of the improvement has come through his classes at Lexis Byron Bay. He is learning a lot from both the teachers and practicing with other students at school. At school there is a wide variety of students from all over the world, so Yran has found that most of his friends speak different languages and they need to speak in English to communicate. This has helped him gain confidence and learn quickly in his first few weeks here.
Yran has five more months of studying at Lexis Byron Bay and is looking forward to spending the Summer here. After graduating, he plans to head to Melbourne for a new experience, living in a big city with different weather and a different culture to both Brazil and Byron Bay. He hope to do more study there, possibly doing a short course in Permaculture, but he hasn’t decided yet.
For other students coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay, Yran’s advice is to try hard with whatever it is you are doing here! Whether it is learning English, finding a job or somewhere to live, making friends and having new experiences, work on it everyday! He also recommends to be open to try everything while you are here and don’t be shy, as you will learn and experience more that way.