My stay in Byron Bay was extraordinary. Who would have thought that this 5000-people little town would have so much to offer? People in Byron Bay say that what happens in Byron Bay, stays in Byron Bay. I don’t agree with that, because Byron Bay will stay in my heart forever.
If you don’t know anything about Byron Bay, let me give you some information: the city is located in the north of Australia and offers an amazing weather all year round (I was there in winter and I basically never wore my jacket at night). It’s connected to the world through Brisbane airport (less than a 2 hours drive) and other smaller airports like Gold Coast or Ballina (less than an hour away). The first thing I noticed when I arrived was people’s kindness and cordiality. Don’t be surprised if you hear the famous “G’day” while you cross the street. Byron Bay is also a well-known holiday destination, mostly for surfers, which brings a lot of cultural diversity. In Byron Bay, you won’t meet only Australians. Outside the school, I met people from Canada, US and New Zealand. The weather affects the people a lot: in fact, Byron Bay is a buzzing city, where you can meet people in the streets at any time of the day or night. The live music in the bars also offers a lot of cultural and musical diversity.
The Byron Bay English Language School is even more beautiful than the city itself. Thanks ESL for the recommendation! The staff is very helpful and does everything possible to make your stay perfect. Classes are practice-oriented, so they forced us to speak English very often, since our arrival. I did a General English course and then an additional course to improve my weaknesses, my vocabulary and some Australian expressions.
But the school is not limited to the classes. Every day, Max (who was responsible for the extra-curricular activities) suggested some sport or cultural events (mostly free) to fill up our free time. The goal was not only to spend some good time together, but also to push us to speak English all day, even at weekends and in the most varied situations.
This was definitely the best way to meet people from all over the world and approach different cultures. From this point of view, this experience was very enriching. Friends soon became family and I think that these friendships will last forever. Last but not least, I would like to highlight the fact that BBELS leitmotiv is absolutely perfect: « Learn to live ! ».